Warning: Neurotoxic Chemical Being Sold In European / North American Party Pills
It goes without saying that all research chemicals / designer drugs / novel psychoactive substances must be treated with an abundance of caution, even more than would be applied to “traditional” psychoactives (ones with a longer and more studied history of use). As such, we tend not to spend a lot of time singling out particular ones as more risky than others, unless they are being remarketed as substances which they are not, sold without accurate labeling, etc - the general rules still apply.
Do your research, realize that you may discover problematic effects that other users have yet to report, start small if you are trying something out, and have a friend “sit” you in case you run into trouble!
Nonetheless, a warning come across our desk (booth?) recently via the bluelight forums, and it is an unusually serious one.
Although this warning was initially posted in the summer, the company in question is still distributing the exact brands and chemicals described, even offering free samples. There is a fair chance that you, your friend or your local head shop could wind up with something from this list. If you encounter a person or a business in possession of these, please pass along this warning!
Text below has been quoted from the bluelight thread, and “AM-HI-CO” refers to a specific vendor while the rest of the given name is the specific pill branding.
Highly questionable party pills, which according to the vendor/manufacturer contain para-chloroamphetamine / 1-(4-chlorophenyl)propan-2-amine. All products of this producer marked with a 3 contain the proven neurotoxin. These are, in alphabetical order:
AM-HI-CO BENZO EXTREME 3
AM-HI-CO DIABLO XXX 3
AM-HI-CO DIABLO XXX EXTREME 3
AM-HI-CO HEAD RUSH ULTRA 3
AM-HI-CO SPACE TRIPS 3
AM-HI-CO DYNAMITE N-R-G ULTRA 3
AM-HI-CO DOVES ORIGINAL 3
AM-HI-CO DOVES ULTRA 3
AM-HI-CO E-BLAST 3
AM-HI-CO E-PEP 3
AM-HI-CO E-XTC 3
AM-HI-CO EXTREME RUSH 3
AM-HI-CO EXOTIX SUPER STRONG 3
AM-HI-CO EXOTIX ULTRA 3
AM-HI-CO HYPER X ULTRA 3
AM-HI-CO MIND CANDY 3
AM-HI-CO NEURO TRANCE 3
AM-HI-CO RED DOVES 3
AM-HI-CO ROCKET FUEL ULTRA 3
AM-HI-CO SPEED FREAK ULTRA 3
AM-HI-CO SPEED RUSH 3
AM-HI-CO X-TACY ULTRA 3
Vendors stocking it are listing this item stating it contains “4-chloroamphetamine ; 1-(4-chlorophenyl)propan-2-amine”
This substance, 4-CA (or PCA, para-Chloroamphetamine) , is a highly neurotoxic substance that selectively destroys serotonin receptors and is in fact used in animal testing as a toxin to give lab animals permanent serotonergic brain damage needed for certain experiments.
This is not a novel drug that might be bad, its a very well known substance that is highly neurotoxic among a wide range of mammals, and is in fact used as a neurotoxin in animal testing for many decades.
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N-Bombs / Smiles
A new pair of phenethylamine research chems have been making waves lately since their appearance in 2010 through research chemical distributors. Known casually as “N-Bombs” or “Smiles” and technically as 25-I-NBOMe / 25-C-NBOMe (or 2C-I-NBOMe / 2C-C-NBOMe respectively), these 2C-I and 2C-C relatives are potent psychedelics which are active in the microgram dose range (under 1mg). This dose range is more traditionally considered “the realm of LSD” as far as hallucinogens and psychedelics go, and with a timeline and effects set that is considered comparable in ways to LSD it’s no surprise that certain areas and communities have encountered dealers presenting these unpronounceable new chemicals simply as “new acid”, “synthetic mescaline”, as well as the somewhat more clear “Smiles.”
The photo above shows blotter paper carrying 25-I-NBOMe, ordered in this form over the internet and obviously in a form that could be confused with LSD blotter. (Of course, DOI/DOB have also been sold on blotter as fake acid for some time now.)
Here’s some background information: 25-I is generally described as more visual than 25-C and sometimes more difficult to handle, psychologically and physically. These drugs are active at less than half a miligram and often overwhelming at 1mg+. (dose especially strong intranasally, which is the route of administration that has been most linked to hospitalizations and lethal overdoses). Somewhat bitter. Definitely psychedelic in effects, can pass as acid to the inexperienced.
Fairly easy to obtain and quite cheap. Presents serious risk due to improper dosing (some users report that the same dose on the same person can have widely varying degrees of effects at different times), availability has caused many people to attempt laying blotter who probably shouldn’t and miscalculate the dosage of each.
Although a fair number of people have had safe and enjoyable experiences with these chemicals, hospitalizations and deaths have been reported . It is definitely possible to have a lethal overdose situation, at least in the case of 25-I-NBOMe, and at present there is no information available as to what the LD50 “standard toxic dosage” is for a human being.
Timeline of effects is fairly close to that of LSD, a definite advantage over the DO* series.
These psychedelic stimulants are classified as phenethylamines, and not amphetamines, therefore not subject to the Canadian Controlled Drugs & Substances Acts clause regarding analogues of amphetamine. 25-I-NBOMe is more popular and widespread than 25-C-NBOMe, hence the perceived greater danger may simply be due to more cases of the first having been tried out at all.
These chemicals are not particularly active orally and have mainly been consumed sublingually (under the tongue or against the gums), which is also the reason people have attempted intranasal ingestion which is seemingly unusual for what they may have been sold as an “LSD-like” drug. When complexed with the sugar HPbCD (hydroxy propyl beta cyclodextrin), N-Bombs can gain some oral bioavailability and greater sublingual bioavailability. (how much more is the subject of debate).\
More images of 25-I-NBOMe and 2C-I-NBOMe as powder, blotter, and in other forms are available on Erowid, with new ones appearing regularly. (The drugs have also been distributed diluted into liquid.) As with any research chems, tread especially carefully if you encounter or suspect you have encountered these drugs and are considering consuming them. As previously stated, the effects can be unpredictable even when a user consumes the same amount of the same batch that they previously had, and the only real research having been done on these drugs has been “in-the-wild” user reports.
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Synthetic Cannabinoid FAQ: So Do I Smoke It?
Synthetic Cannabinoid FAQ: So Do I Smoke It?
By Eric Oulster
The news has exploded recently about stuff being sold that is supposedly similar to pot. For the sake of this FAQ, we’ll refer to them as ‘Synthetic Smokables’. There is little research on these substances, even by professional drug researchers and lawmakers. As a result, it can be kind of hard to find information about these drugs right now. Whether you want to try them or stay clear, that’s your own decision, but maybe we can help answer some questions you might have about them.
So what is this stuff?
Well, at its most basic, these are smokable substances sold in convenience stores and head-shops. Sometimes they are called ‘spices’, but are sold under many other names, too. They are often marketed as being something unlike a drug, such as an “incense” or “potpourri”. Despite these names, they are still sold to smoke. Synthetic Smokables often come in a professional looking package, made of plastic and with a brand name. They usually range in prices from 5-15 dollars, and some places give out samples.
Is it a chem or a herb?
Most of these drugs are chemicals that are manufactured in a laboratory setting (most likely in Asia), then shipped to Canada and the U.S. Sometimes after this, the chemicals are mixed into a material that looks like dried plant matter so that it is easier to smoke and looks more ‘earthy’. Sometimes they are sold as oils. Other times, they are sold in a powdery form. Regardless, these drugs are manufactured chemicals.
How would I do these?
So far, the two routes of administration discussed regarding these drugs are in a smokable form, and on rare occasion, in an oral form. It is advisable to consult your source on if it is a smokable or oral version, because smoking the oral form could cause an overdose and doing an oral dose of the smoking form might not affect you.
What’s in these drugs?
There are a variety of different drugs that go into these smokables, most of them being sold fall under the category of Naphthoylindoles.
What the flying f*** is a Naphtho-whatever?
You may know some of these chemicals as being under the ‘JWH’ family. Jwh-018 and Jwh-073 are in this family. Beyond that, we don’t really have a ‘street name’ for them yet. In terms of brain chemicals, they focus on the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are also used by cannabis. This may explain why many people say the drugs feel similar to pot.
So are they legal?
Yes and no…These drugs fall into a legal grey area. You are allowed to sell the substance for research purposes if you have the proper paperwork. For human consumption, things start to get a little sketchy.
The wholesale suppliers are likely getting them 100% legally, while the people who are selling them as smokable products are probably working on loopholes. However, any substance that is supposedly “like cannabis” is supposed to be illegal for sale.
As for personal possession, we can’t say for certain if any charges could be laid - but it is important to note that most of these are still above the counter substances - even if they are only quasi-legal.
Are they going to be illegal?
There seems to be a game of cat and mouse going on between lawmakers and chemists with these substances. Once lawmakers ban a specific set of substances, chemists synthesize a similar set of chemicals that aren’t illegal and start selling them in these synthetic smokables. Chemists usually know more about chemistry than lawmakers, so as a result the chemicals in these drugs shift slightly and the product as a whole stays legal.
Another sneaky tactic some synthetic smokable dealers do is to not disclose their active ingredients on the package. It becomes really hard for lawmakers to ban a chemical or to enforce its ban when they don’t even know what it is.
Aren’t they legally obliged to say what is in their drugs?
Since a lot of these products state on the packaging “Not for human consumption”, they get away with it. Unfortunately for the user, this often means you can’t be entirely sure what is in them.
What about in the US?
The United States also seems to be playing a game of cat and mouse with chemists, but the lawmakers over there seem to be a couple steps ahead of the ones in Canada. The best advice we can give is to not bring synthetic smokables over the border! For those wishing to use in America, there are likely to be some available in the States, but they are also likely to be different from the ones available here in Canada. The same goes vice-versa: don’t bring American Synthetic Smokables into Canada.
So are these Synthetic Smokables bad for you?
There is still a lot of research going into these substances, so we can’t say for certain how neurotoxic they are. There has been one overdose resulting in death confirmed on JWH-018, and there have been reports of non-fatal overdoses occurring on Synthetic Smokables confirmed as well.
It’s important to note that this ISN’T pot though. Since these chemicals haven’t been as thoroughly researched we don’t know what kind of brain or organ damage could possibly result from regular use. We strongly recommend not trying the “smoke err’y day” route that many pot smokers choose to do with Synthetic Smokables. Play it safe and don’t go too hard.
Multiple trip reports have stated that regular use results in a decreased appetite, with multiple daily uses resulting in eating as little as one or no meals a day. If you intend to or are using this frequently, make sure you are eating well!
We also don’t have too much knowledge on the addictive potential of these drugs. Just like all other drugs, however, it is important to be aware of how much, and how often, you are using.
Can I take this stuff with any other drugs?
We have very little knowledge of mixing Synthetic Smokables with other substances. At the moment, our advice is to remember that this isn’t pot and even though it works on similar receptors in the brain, mixing it with other drugs can result in drastically different, and potentially dangerous, effects when compared to mixing pot with other drugs.
Stay Safe! Though we highly recommend not mixing Synthetic Smokables, we will suggest that if you do to at least use low dosages of both substances in order to avoid more dangerous situations that can result from a bad drug combination.
I have a question related to Synthetic Smokables that isn’t covered on this FAQ.
You can always contact the Trip!wire at (647) 822-6435 for individual questions. You can also approach your friendly neighbourhood Trip! members at our next outreach event, or reach us through Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tripproject/
I have information about Synthetic Smokables that I feel is important to share with you.
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