About Synthetic Cathinones

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How can you be safer when using synthetic cathinones?

Synthetic cathinones are a large group of drugs, and there are different things to consider for each one. Different types of synthetic cathinones will affect people differently and some are more dangerous than others. It is always a good idea to think about the things you can do to be safer when using. 

Wait an hour before re-dosing, especially if you are using orally. 
Synthetic cathinones are commonly swallowed in a pill, drink or as powder. If you are taking a synthetic cathinone by swallowing, remember that it will take longer for it to be processed in your body. Wait for 1 hour before re-dosing as you may not feel the effects of the drug right away. Using more too quickly can increase unpleasant effects and your chance of overdose. 

Take care if you are snorting synthetic cathinones.
Try to take long breaks between using this way as it can cause damage to your nose. Use a clean straw or snorting tool and surface every time, and do not share these with others. You can also do a nasal saline rinse after snorting to clear your nose. Remember that snorting will release the drug into your body faster and can be more likely to cause an overdose. 

Do you research on the synthetic cathinone you plan to take. 
As synthetic cathinones are all different. A low dose for one synthetic cathinone can be a dangerously high dose for another, so it is  a good idea to do your research and learn what to expect and how to dose. Visit tripsit and search for the synthetic cathinone you are using for specific information on dosing. 

Start with a lower dose. 
There is limited research on the effects of many synthetic cathinones, and it can be difficult to predict how they will affect someone. With all synthetic cathinones, it is a good idea to start slow and low by taking a small amount and seeing how you feel. Synthetic cathinones can feel like MDMA for the first hour, and then they can start to become more unpleasant, so it is good to wait for at least an hour before you use more.

Remember, synthetic cathinones are not the same as MDMA. 
Though synthetic cathinones are often sold as MDMA because they look similar and have similar effects when they are first taken, they are not the same drug. Synthetic cathinones are very different drugs to MDMA with different effects, doses and risks. 

Test your drugs, especially if you aren't sure what you have. 
Synthetic cathinones can be checked at a drug checking clinic with a spectrometer. This is helpful to check your drugs for adulterants or to see if they are another drug altogether, but it can also be good to see which synthetic cathinone you have. Drug checking clinics can then give you advice on how to be safer with that specific synthetic cathinone. There are several reagent tests you can use yourself to test synthetic cathinones, you can buy these in New Zealand from Cosmic and The Hemp Store.  Reagent tests aren't able to tell you which synthetic cathinone you have or whether you have a mix of different drugs. 

For more information on how to be safer when using drugs and alcohol, see Safer using

To order self-help workbooks and other free resources for safer use, see Resources.

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