What Types of Research Chemicals Are Available?
Research chemicals are basically experimental chemicals that were designed to produce results that mimic drugs, such as cannabinoids, psychoactive drugs, and ecstasy amphetamines. They are also sometimes referred to as legal highs or designer drugs. They are new substances that have not yet been fully researched. Very little is known about them, including their effects and toxicity. Nevertheless, they are said to cause increased blood pressure, heart inflammation, and heart palpitations. They are also claimed to cause heart problems, loss of consciousness, confusion, convulsions, seizures, chronic diarrhea, vomiting, and potential neurotoxicity.
Many of these drugs can be purchased over the Internet. They are allowed to be marketed in such a way because they fit into the gray area between illegal and legal drugs. Their molecular structures are often the same as illicit drugs like MMDA, opium, and cocaine. Some of the research chemicals available today include entactogens and stimulants. Entactogens produce emotional openness and feelings of empathy. They also have certain stimulant effects. Stimulants produce heightened alertness and increased energy levels. They also tend to speed up bodily functions. Then, there are hallucinogens, which produce visual and auditory hallucinations, as well as spiritual and emotional effects.
Depressants and opiates are also available. Depressants slow down bodily functions and cause sedation and relaxation. Alcohol and benzodiazepines are known depressant drugs. Opiates have depressant effects on the central nervous system. They also produce euphoric and painkilling effects. Cannabinoids are synthetic drugs that tend to mimic the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana. They result in physical relaxation, increased appetite, and other effects such as time distortion.