MDMA Identification Guide

This guide is intended to be used in situations where a Test Kit is not available.

Please arm yourself with this powerful tool to insure the maximum safety and legitimacy possible.

MDMA is sold in two different forms: pressed pill and crystalline powder.

Pressed Pills

The VAST majority of MDMA pills tested this summer were BUNK. In some cases, what we’re seeing is a lack of active ingredients. In other words, pills made up of an inert binder with food coloring and maybe some caffeine. In most cases, we’re finding much more alarming substances such as methamphetamine, BZP, TFMPP, mCPP and 5-MeO-DIPT among others. Check out ecstacydata for the latest pressed pill reports.

It’s this easy to manufacture a lie in pill form.

In powder form (molly) you’re statistically much more likely to find an MDMA sample that is free of adulterants. Beyond that, the most common adulterants are synthetic cathinones (also known as bathsalts or plant food) which are easily identifiable through testing. The chance of acquiring an unadulterated MDMA sample is much better if you know what to look for (crystalline structure, smell, taste, sparkle, uniformity, etc.). When it comes to pressed pills, you’re rolling the dice down a dark alley.

MDMA Crystalline Powder

Uniformity: Make sure that your sample is as uniform as possible if it is in powdered form. Any presence of different particle shapes or colors may indicate that the sample has been cut with another substance.

Translucence: MDMA in its crystalline form is somewhat translucent. In powders, look for a refraction of light or “crystalline shimmer.” Be suspicious of samples that lack this shimmer or have a dull appearance.

MDMA in Crystalized Forms

MDMA in Crystalized Forms

 Color: Highly refined MDMA is a somewhat translucent white. It can have very light purple hues to it in larger crystalline forms. Avoid anything yellow, red, green or brown if possible. This may signify a lacking chemical process or potential adulteration. Clandestine chemists can realize up to a 40% higher output if they skip the last wash or two, leaving a discolored and impure sample full of chemical precursors.

*It should be noted that there is a widely distributed brown substance referred to as “sass” which is sold as MDMA or MDA. In multiple instances, this substance has tested positive for MDMA in GC/MS testing. After referencing multiple different sources, it is in the opinion of our group that “sass” is a lacking synthesis of MDMA leaving a large percentage of precursor chemicals.

MDMA Identification Photo

This powder is too fine and has a very dull appearance. It is also sticking to the inside of the baggie.

Grain size: The larger the grain size, the better. When samples are milled down to a powder rather than left in large crystalline chunks, they are much easier to cut without the end consumer noticing. Look for “shards” instead of powders if possible, however these large crystalline chunks tend to be very rare on the consumer level.

Crystalline shape: MDMA in its crystalline form has a chunky or blocky structure. Avoid flat, long crystals and especially “needle shards” or long, thin structures. These could very easily be MDPV or Methamphetamine.


This is an example of a pure MDMA in its most common form.

MDMA is relatively bitter with a lavender or licorice hint to it. However, the taste does disappear within 30 seconds. If the sample is overwhelmingly bitter or the flavor lasts for over 45 seconds, beware. A light licorice smell is also very common. It should also be noted that MDMA does not usually stick to the inside of baggies unless it is very humid.

Common Adulterants




To be SURE Test It

Research Chemical Test Kit

When using the research chemical test kit, the sample will turn a deep purple to black in less than 3 seconds if it is close to pure. Beyond that, a gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC/MS) test is the only way to be 100% certain. You can send a sample to for this level of testing.

We would like to point out that the Bunk Police organization does not encourage the use of illegal substances. However, if you are going to participate in such activities, please be sure of what you’re taking. Your body and mind hang in the balance.

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