2C-I-NBOMe and 2C-C-NBOMe

2C-I-NBOMe and 2C-C-NBOMe are two psychedelic synthetic substances that are being used here in the U.S.

As the world of synthetic drugs continues to grow and expand another deadly substance has surfaced. 2C-I-NBOMe (also known as 25I-NBOMe) and 2C-C-NBOMe are synthetic designer drugs; their chemical structures emulate the high a user would experience on LSD. However, these drugs are so intoxicating that even a small dose, the size of a few grains of salt are enough to get the user high. Many users are misinformed about the substances and consume more than the amount necessary to get “high”, resulting in overwhelming hallucinations and in some cases deadly overdoses.

The cost of these substances is relatively inexpensive with a dose ranging in price from $0.25 to $5.00.   Users ingest these drugs in a variety of ways. They may snort the drug, take it on blotter paper, inject the substance, place it under their tongue, or even bake it into food items (brownies). The visual effects of these synthetic psychedelic substances are similar to LSD, but slightly different. Users may experience a powerful euphoric feeling, similar to Ecstasy. The duration of effects from these synthetic drugs depend on how the substance was consumed. When taken by mouth via a tab of blotter paper or under the tongue the effects may last anywhere from 6-10 hours. When the drug is insufflated (snorted) the duration of the effects range from 4-6 hours. However, effects of these substances have been known to last significantly longer depending on the dosage the user takes. Some users have reported effects lasting longer than 12 hours.

Some users have mistakenly taken 2C-I-NBOMe and 2C-C-NBOMe thinking they are consuming LSD. These users find that the drug they have actually consumed is much more powerful and intense than LSD. Taking 2 blotter tabs of these synthetic psychedelic drugs can lead to a “bad” trip, very dangerous side effects, a visit to the ER and in some of the worst cases death. In the past years, numerous deaths have been associated with 2C-I-NBOMe and 2C-C-NBOMe. Fatal reactions from these drugs have lead to uncontrollable convulsions, foaming at the mouth, multiple organ failure and cardiac arrest.

Teens and young adults looking to get high have more choices than ever before. Synthetic drugs have been created to emulate the effects of marijuana, cocaine, meth, LSD, and heroin. The chemical makeup of these synthetic drugs are hard to pin down, and once identified and banned – the chemical companies alter the compound ever so slightly and avoid legal issues. When the chemical companies alter the compound from the one that is banned, it is no longer considered a controlled substance here in the United States and it is back on the market. Many of these chemical compounds are manufactured overseas. They are imported in bulk and sold here in the United States once the substance is assembled and packaged for resale. Often, they are labeled as “research chemicals” or “not for human consumption” in order to avoid prosecution.

In order to prevent your teen or loved one from experimenting with synthetic drugs it is important that you know what your kids are doing. While they may seem unwilling to share their day to day life with you, it is critical that you know what they are doing on the computer, who they are online with and who they are spending time around. By becoming invested and active in their daily life will you know what is going on behind closed doors. Keep an open dialog with them using social media, TV., movies, etc. to begin conversations about all forms of substance use. Synthetic drugs have become a widespread problem and it is important that your teen or loved one understand their dangers.

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