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.
- 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.
Until next time, comrades.