I alluded to something that I wanted to explore a little more this week. The idea that research chemicals are being done because the drugs people “want” to be doing aren’t available. This idea is not new. The drug that we’re speaking about on Drug Fact Friday (Get at us on Twitter using #2CFrIday today at 4:30 PM EST, 1:30 PM if you’re blessed to live over there) is 2C-I. To note, this is not the 2c–NBOMe drug that we talked about last week. We’re not high, this is actually a drug that was made illegal in 2012. That’s 5 minutes ago in the grand scheme of things. This is the reason why.
When drugs become harder to find, people don’t stop doing drugs, they simply seek analogues. “Analogues,” are essentially drugs that have similar arrays of effects, while not being the same specific chemical. For example, some people would do amphetamines if they couldn’t find cocaine, while others would seek mushrooms if they couldn’t get acid or whatever. This stuff hasn’t been researched, but if you hang around users enough, these patterns become apparent. People seek a certain assortment of physical/mental/emotional symptoms, and repeat their experience until they get it. When they can’t get it, they go looking. People who couldn’t get classical hallucinogens in the 00’s turned to 2C-I and a couple of other research chemicals. The substances were still legal to synthesize, so it was a simple matter of ordering them online and blocking off a Saturday to be a human guinea pig. Again, I want to stress, these are chemicals large volumes of people just haven’t done. We’ve not seen any real terrifying effects, but to note, we don’t have good data (again). Duration of trip ranges from 4-18 hours. I want to repeat that. Different people taking the same dose, have trips that vary in length by a factor of 4. You got anything to do on Monday?
I’m being glib of course, but I want to remind people of a concern that comes up when people decide to experiment. It was used primarily when you couldn’t find LSD or mushrooms, and that reinforces my point from last week. Making drugs illegal forces people to make more risky decisions in search of the same experience. This in turn leads to medical spending and a general bad time if things don’t go swimmingly. Seems unnecessary to me. There are plenty of reports about the substance online at Erowid and if you want to read the notes of the inventor, here is the reference from Pihkal.