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What is 2C-B?

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2C-B (4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine) is a psychedelic drug first synthesized in 1974 by the chemist, Alexander Shulgin. 2C-B is considered both a psychedelic and an entactogen. “Entactogen” is a term used by psychiatrists to classify Ecstasy (MDMA) and related drugs. It literally means “touching within.” 2C-B is a white powder usually found in pressed tablets or gel caps. It is almost always taken orally (swallowed).

What are the effects of 2C-B?

At lower doses (5-15mg), 2C-B produces a more entactogenic effect, with little or no hallucinations. Users report feeling “in touch” with themselves and their emotions. Erotic sensations and feelings of being “in one’s body” are also commonly reported. With higher doses (15-30mg), 2C-B produces intense visual effects. Moving objects leave “trails” behind them. Surfaces may appear covered with geometric patterns, and may appear to be moving or “breathing.” Colors may appear from nowhere. Music can effect the 2C-B visual experience, causing the patterns, colors and movements to change. Users often say they can “see” the music. This blending of sight and sound is called “synesthesia.”

The visual effects of 2C-B can be much more intense than those produced by LSD or mushrooms, yet most users report a relatively clear “head space” as compared to other psychedelics.

What are some precautions if I’m taking 2C-B?

2C-B is very dose sensitive. A few milligrams more can produce a tremendous difference in the effect. It is often impossible to know the dose level present in an illicit tablet or capsule. While most people find 2C-B easier to handle than other psychedelics, the potential for a bad trip still exists, especially with higher doses. In some people, 2C-B can cause nausea, trembling, chills, or nervousness. Very little is known about 2C-B’s pharmacological effect. While nobody has died from taking 2C-B, clinical studies assessing its safety have not been done. 2C-B is illegal. Possession can result in long prison terms.

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