Understanding Bath Salts, Part II (Appendix): Reference

Science can be confusing.  In my last post, I mentioned the endless variety of research chemicals out there.  I wish I could write a 3 part series on each and every one, but there just aren’t enough pictures of Russian leaders on drugs.

Instead, I found a useful chart to help you visualize the greater universe of designer drugs.  It isn’t comprehensive, but it’s great at showing the range of these legal (or newly illegal) compounds and what they do.

Research Chemicals by Class and Effects

Some notes:

  • Ethylphenidate and desoxypipradrol are floating far apart on the chart, but they’re closely related to each other, both being similar to methylphenidate, or Ritalin.
  • Dimethocaine belongs to a group of chemicals related to cocaine.  There are more, but they aren’t too popular.
  • Phenylalkylpyrrolidines are considered cathinones, just a specific subdivision.
  • “Psychedelic amphetamines” are also substituted amphetamines, except with psychedelic (perception altering) effects.  They are usually called psychedelic phenethylamines.
  • The 2C-x drugs are psychedelic phenethylamines as well, and there are many, many more.  Shulgin explains each one in PiHKAL.
  • Phenazepam is a benzodiazepine (a class of common anti-anxiety drugs) used mostly in eastern Europe.  Basically, Soviet Xanax.

“Hello? Is this the KGB? It seems somebody has liberated my trousers.”

Ok, maybe one more.

Until next time, comrades.


About Maria Parrotta

Maria Parrotta is a writer, student, and daring pharmacovigilante on a mission to be an approachable source of honest, relevant information about drugs, healthcare, science, and technology. She is often found teaching impromptu chemistry lessons at social gatherings, building her fleet of tiny motorized robots, or recruiting members for her new "pharmcore" band. She sleeps in lab goggles and dreams of nothing but science.
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