Case Study Of Research Chemicals –
Research chemicals have increasingly become popular because of the way they are made and sold. Many of these drugs are sold legally over the internet on various websites. The main reason why they can be sold in this manner is because they fall in between legal and illegal drugs. Research chemicals have not been through research trials and hence cannot be used for human consumption. Their short and long term uses are not clearly specified. This class of drugs is really broad and covers diverse chemical space. A wide range of compounds come under the term research chemicals. Some of these include, 4mec, 3mmc, Pentidrone etc.
Research chemicals are experimental chemicals they have been designed to produce effects that are similar to other drugs such as Ecstasy amphetemines, Cannabinoids or Psychoactive drugs. These drugs are sometimes called designer drugs or legal highs. These types of drugs are described as Research chemicals because these substances are new and have very little information about them regarding their effects. Toxicity is often unknown and information about their experiences is based on small human studies.
Mephedrone is one such drug, generally known as a party drug. There is no formal documentation of the side effects of these drugs, they are only known via its users. Some of the side effects include dilated pupil, sweating, euphoria, stimulation, improved mental functions, decreased hostility, increased love for music and mild sexual stimulation. These effects are similar to ones caused by MDMA, Cocaine depending on how the drug is taken. Almost no long term effects of the drug are known as it is still in its nascent stage. Reports say people who have used the drug for 18th months have become addicted to it. Because of its similarity to Cathinone, it may cause impotence in long tern use.
Another research chemical includes 4mec or Methylethcathinone. Erowid a user of this chemical has posted some of his experience. Here goes,
– MENTAL AND PHYSICAL STIMULATION
– EUPHORIA,MOOD LIFT
– FEELINGS OF EMPATHY,OPENESS
– DESIRE TO TALKWITH OTHERS
– RELAXED FEELING
– INCREASED LOVE FOR MUSIC
– GENERAL CHANGE IN CONCIOUSNESS
– DECREASED APPETITE
– PUPIL DIALATION
– UNUSUAL BODY SENSTATION
– CHANGE IN BODY REGULATION
– STRONG DESIRE TO REDOSE
– UNCOMFORTABLE CHANGES IN BODY TEPERATURE
– HEART PALPITATIONS
– IMPARED SHORT TERM MEMORY
– GRIDING TEETH, TIGHTENED JAW MUSCLE
– MUSCLE TWITCHING
DESCRIPTION OV DRUG:
Routes of Administration
As with other psychoactives, oral 4-methylethcathinone ingestion takes slightly longer to cause effects and lasts longer.
Addiction and Compulsive Use
It is unlikely to be physically addictive, meaning that withdrawal symptoms are minimal and likely not life threatening, but psychological addiction in some users seems likely to be a problem with this substance.
# CAUTION & DISCLAIMER #
Erowid’s effects information is a summary of data gathered from users, research, and other resources. This information is intended to describe the range of effects people report experiencing. Effects may vary dramatically from one person to another or one experience to another based on a variety of factors such as body chemistry, age, gender, physical health, dose, form of material, etc.
Research chemicals have just entered the market. Due to their easily availability they are being used for personal use as well. Some drugs such as Methylmethcathinone (3mmc) are known as party drugs. Chemicals like Pentidrone are not so easily available.