Some science behind the scenes


2C-B [2,5-dimethoxy-4-bromophenethylamine] is one of the general 2C family of drugs.

 2C (2C-x) is a general name for the family of psychedelic phenethylamines containing methoxy groups on the 2 and 5 positions of a benzene ring. For more details of the side-effects please go to this entry.

It was first synthesized by Alexander Shulgin in 1974. It first saw use among the psychiatric community and was then sold commercially as an aphrodisiac [!] under the trade names "Eros" and  "Nexus" .  It behaves like an amphetamine.  It is commonly passed off as ecstasy (MDMA) in clubs. 

Use of 2C-B has been linked to significant injury and comes with some unpleasant side effects - aggression, agitation, seizures, diarrhoea, gas, nausea, tachycardia, hypertension and hyperthermia; and "irritability for roughly a day or so after use".   Severe headaches have been reported.  The intensity of the experience can make users nauseated and frightened.  There are deaths, quite a number of deaths.

The onset happens very rapidly 20–90 minutes and lasts for about 2–5 hours.  You get visuals that ‘come and go in a carousel-like pattern’.  Proof that this is synaesthesia is provided by the following “Some users say that the effects are more intense when listening to music and report that they can see sounds and noises”.

Internationally, 2C-B is a Schedule II drug under the Convention on Psychotropic Substances. 

For more see EROWID information



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