About Synthetic Cathinones

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What can synthetic cathinones feel like?

Synthetic cathinones can make people feel energetic, open and alert. People may also feel euphoria and more empathy for others and have a higher sex drive than normal. However, people can also experience psychosis, rage, agitation and other unpleasant symptoms like vomiting and twitching. Different synthetic cathinones have different effects. Some effects are mild while others can be quite dangerous.

Though bath salts can look like MDMA, they can be three times as strong. It may feel the same as MDMA for the first 30–45 minutes, but after that, these effects can change and become unpredictable. The positive effects of these drugs last for a much shorter time than MDMA, which can lead to re-dosing (taking more). Re-dosing increases the risk of having unpleasant effects from the drug.

Pleasant effects

Unpleasant effects

Alert

Energetic

Euphoria

Emotionally open

Sexually aroused

Socially confident

Irritable and agitated

Anxious

Delusions

Difficulty urinating

Disinhibited

Teeth grinding

Sexually aroused (can be intense or unwanted)

Pleasant effects

Unpleasant effects

Hyperactive

Very confident

Increased euphoria

 

Dehydrated

Nauseous

Severely agitated or aggressive

Hypersexual behaviour

Insomnia

Jittery

Sweaty or feeling very hot or very cold

Feeling panicked or having panic attacks

Paranoid

Violent thoughts

Pleasant effects

Unpleasant effects

 

 

 

Inappropriate behaviour

Acting violently

Fast or irregular heartbeat

Severely nauseous

Severely dehydrated

Vomiting

Tremors

Severe panic attacks

Severely anxious

Suicidal thoughts or attempts

Seizures

Becoming unresponsive

Losing consciousness

An Erowid user describes being on the synthetic cathinone N-ethylpentedrone:

“The euphoria is marked – reminds me much of a cocaine + MDMA high, but without most of the uncomfortable physical side-effects of either drug. Tread lightly and know your body, and when enough is enough. I don’t fiend (too much) over this drug, and after reaching the point of physical discomfort, it is not hard to put it away for another day. I wouldn’t push the bounds too far with the dosing on this one.”

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