2C drugs – such as 2CB, 2CI and 2CE – are designer drugs that have both hallucinogenic and stimulant properties.
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What are 2C drugs?
2C drugs are a group of synthetic psychedelic drugs first synthesized in the 1970s as a therapy aid. 2C drugs come in multiple forms including 2C-E, 2C-I, 2CT-7, and 2C-B which is the most commonly used version available today.
2C-B (2,5-dimethoxy-4-bromophenethylamine) is a psychedelic phenylethylamine derivative, structurally similar to mescaline. It is a serotonin receptor partial agonist that is widely used in the rave and club scene owing to its combination as both a stimulant and hallucinogen.
Many users have likened 2C-B as having similar effects to both MDMA and LSD, creating a euphoric high similar to stimulants while also causing mild hallucinations similar to ketamine or mescaline. The way 2C-B interacts with the brain and its ability to mimic serotonin reactions have also led to the drug being likened to antidepressants.
The drug is most commonly snorted in its powder form and is also taken orally via a pill.
Other names for 2C drugs
- T-7, Tripstacy
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What do 2Cs look, smell, and taste like?
2C drugs often come in the form of small pills or powder. The pill and powder forms of the drug are usually white, though vibrant pink versions of both, especially for 2C-B, have become popular.
A liquid version of 2C-I that is applied to the tongue via a pipet has also been reported, though far less common.
When snorted, 2C drugs are reported to have a chemical smell and taste similar to gasoline or pure cocaine. Some users have reported a burning sensation when snorting the drug and those who have taken 2C pills have reported little to no taste/smell.
2C-B legal status
2C drugs became a popular alternative for MDMA users when the drug was made illegal in 1984. In the US today, 2C-B and other variants are classed as Schedule I substances by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) under the Controlled Substances Act. This means the drug has no medical benefit and has a high potential for abuse.
How does 2C make you feel?
2C drugs are fairly unique as they exist primarily as a hallucinogen but also produce effects similar to stimulants like cocaine or MDMA.
The hallucinogenic properties of 2C drugs can cause a distorted sense of reality as well as dissociation and hallucinations, similar to ketamine.
The stimulant properties can cause alertness, increased sociability, and the ability to stay awake longer.
Common effects of 2C drugs include:
Heightened awareness of colors and sound
Increased sexual arousal
Hallucinations (if taken in large doses)
Increased heart rate
Raised blood pressure
2C-B and other variants have risen in popularity over the past 20 years and have seen a sharp incline in illegal production and distribution alongside other hallucinogens.
This has also led to an increase in street price, with many users seeking the drug out via the dark web.
According to DEA research, a single pill of 2C-B has a street price of between $10 and $30 and a gram of powder can be purchased online for between $100 and $300.
Can I get addicted to 2C-B?
Like other forms of hallucinogens, 2C drugs are not widely considered to be addictive as they do not cause physical or psychological dependence. However, as 2C is also a central nervous system stimulant it does interact with neurotransmitters associated with addiction.
Reported cases of 2C addiction are extremely rare and tend to be part of a larger pattern of substance abuse that involves addictive behaviors towards more common substances of abuse. If you or someone you know is struggling with 2C dependence or any substance use disorder, then it is important to seek treatment via a dedicated rehab specialist. Visit our rehab directory today to find an addiction treatment center near you.