The substance 2C-B comes from a class of drugs referred to as the 2C family. All of the drugs in the 2C family are psychedelic, hallucinogenic, and produce stimulant effects. The effects of these drugs can best be described as a cross between taking LSD and ecstasy. People who experiment with 2C-B may experience visual and auditory hallucinations and distortions, as well as increased alertness and emotions.

The drug is generally consumed in pill or powder form. It can be snorted or swallowed. The cost of a 2C-B pill is typically around $5 or $6, and many pills are often taken at one time. When taken at lower doses, people are more likely to experience effects similar to what is produced by ecstasy. Increasing doses of the drug puts users at greater risk for intense emotional and physical side effects, including overdose.As a psychedelic, the mindset you have when you consume 2C-B can have a great impact on your overall experience of the drug. Your thoughts, mood, and expectations about the drug can affect whether you have a good or bad trip. The setting in which you take 2C-B can also matter. Taking the drug in a safe and trusted setting puts you at a greater likelihood for having an enjoyable experience rather than a disturbing one.

How Safe is 2C-B?

2C-B is a dangerous designer drug, known across the pond as a “scary party drug.” Its emergence on the scene isn’t unprecedented as many of these new chemicals have shown up, but it may lead you to wonder – how safe is 2C-B? Well, not very safe. Since the drug is commonly an ecstasy substitute, the 2C-B dosage you receive in a pill can vary. The primary issue with illicit drugs is they’re not FDA-approved, meaning you never know what you’re getting or how much. This drug most often comes as a tablet but can also show up as powder or liquid.

Another concern is 2C-B toxicity – when you’re unsure of how much you’re taking, it can end up being a dangerous situation, leading to a 2C-B overdose. Despite its creation several decades ago, the designer hallucinogenic drug has recently become more widespread. Little is known about whether or not it’s addictive, but it’s noted that long-term users can develop a tolerance to the drug. It can also produce a whole host of unpleasant side effects.

What Is 2C-B?

2C-B, otherwise known as 4-bromo-2,5 dimethoxyphenethylamine, is a hallucinogenic drug created by Alexander Shulgin in 1974. In 1985, MDMA had become a controlled substance, and 2C-B was marketed to the public as a safe and legal MDMA substitute. However, ten years later, in 1995,  the drug became a Schedule I substance. The effects are reported to be similar to LSD, mescaline, amphetamine, and MDMA. As was mentioned above, since it’s an illicit drug, it’s challenging to determine if you’re getting a pure version of the drug that you’re taking. It could lead to 2C-B nausea or other adverse symptoms.

The most common 2C-B street names include the following:

  • Herox
  • Bromo
  • Bees
  • Eve
  • Erox
  • Nexus
  • Illusion
  • Spectrum
  • Performax
  • Zenith
  • Synergy
  • Utopia
  • Cloud nine
  • MTF

When the drug is snorted, it can lead to excruciating pain that lasts for 30 minutes or more. Those who use 2-CB often mix it with MDMA, calling it a “party pack.” When the drug is mixed with LSD, users refer to it as a “banana split.”

Risks of 2C-B Use

Although 2C-B was first synthesized in the early 1970s, relatively little is known about it, and the risks of experimenting with the drug can be great. Known risks range in severity from mild headaches to fatal overdoses. There are many reported adverse side effects of taking 2C-B, including:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Trembling
  • Chills
  • Nervousness
  • Panic attacks
  • Acute psychosis
  • Confusion
  • Agitation
  • Delirium
  • Overdose causing neurological damage or death

As a psychedelic and hallucinogenic drug, physical dependence on 2C-B is not likely to develop. Tolerance and psychological dependence, however, are possibilities.

An additional risk of using 2C-B, which is commonly consumed at clubs and raves, is the likelihood for  it being laced with other drugs. Since 2C-B can only be purchased illegally, no monitoring agency can ensure quality control. Many times, drugs purchased illegally are laced with dangerous substances or can be entirely different drugs than what you think you are purchasing.

2C-B Timeline

If you’ve taken 2C-B, you’ll notice the effects come in within the first 20 minutes to 1.5 hours. The individual will experience increased emotional and sensory activation, which will be followed by increasing sensations for the next 15 to 30 minutes, followed by a plateau. Once you reach this point, you will reach the peak, lasting anywhere from two to three hours. Coming down from 2C-B is said to last anywhere from two to three hours, with an additional two to four hours of after-effects.

Long-Term Effects of 2C-B

There is not enough evidence to support statements about the long-term effects of 2C-B. However, some sources claim that long-term effects of using 2C-B include anxiety, fatigue, and ongoing confusion. Although 2C-B is compared to other drugs in the hallucinogen class, it’s not proven that it works in the brain the same as other hallucinogens.

2C-B Withdrawal

Again, there isn’t enough research to determine the connection between prolonged 2C-B use and withdrawal symptoms. Most people will not experience physical withdrawal symptoms after using hallucinogenic drugs. However, regular MDMA users are known to experience withdrawal symptoms, including depression, fatigue, loss of appetite, and an inability to concentrate.

Is There a Safe Dose?

What is truly a safe dose of 2C-B can be hard to say, as each individual will respond to the drug differently than others. For most people, the minimum amount needed to just barely feel the effects of the drug is between 2 mg (milligrams) and 5 mg. On average, people take 15 mg to 25 mg at a time to achieve the desired high. A strong dose of 2C-B is 25 mg to 50 mg.

Lower doses of 2C-B are unlikely to produce any visual or auditory hallucinations. Rather, they produce feelings of emotional openness and being one with your surroundings. As doses increase, you are more likely to experience intense visual effects, such as objects that leave trails, colors that randomly appear, and patterns that move around you. Depending on the individual and the dose taken, the effects of a 2C-B high can be felt for four hours to six hours.

Like many drugs, what a safe dose is for one person may not be safe for another. Increasing your dosage by just a few milligrams can significantly affect your experience with the drug.

How to Identify a 2c-B Overdose

Again, the difference between a safe dose and a harmful dose of 2C-B can be just a couple of milligrams. Because of this small window of difference, it is possible to overdose on 2C-B. Knowing the signs of a 2C-B overdose can help you identify when someone is in trouble and seek help before it is too late.

While little is known about 2C-B, some studies have been conducted on the pharmacology and toxicology of 2C drugs. By understanding how these drugs work, proper medical treatment can be provided in the event of an overdose. Signs of a 2C overdose include the following:

  • Hallucinations
  • Agitation
  • Aggression
  • Violence
  • Dysphoria
  • Hypertension
  • Tachycardia
  • Seizures
  • Hyperthermia
  • Excited delirium

It is recommended that users consume 2C-B in a safe environment with friends and ideally someone who remains sober and can monitor the occurrence of any of the above symptoms. Whether you are that sober person or not, if you observe any of the above symptoms start to present themselves, do not wait to seek medical care. The sooner you can identify and respond to an overdose, the greater the chances are of avoiding a lethal outcome.

What to Do in the Event of an Overdose

In the event of a 2C-B overdose, most medical care will be supportive, such as ensuring individuals stay hydrated and do not put themselves in any danger due to any hallucinations or psychological effects they may be experiencing. Some symptoms, however, require immediate medical attention. Excited delirium, hyperthermia, and seizures indicate the need for emergency care right away. If you witness someone experiencing any of these symptoms after taking 2C-B or any drug, call 911 right away.

If you are in the presence of someone who has overdosed, it is important to stay with them at all times. In addition to the dangerous physical symptoms they are likely dealing with, they may also experience unsafe psychological symptoms. Some people who have extreme hallucinations may hear voices that tell them to do dangerous things. They may also experience suicidal thoughts. It is important to stay with the individual in case either of these situations happens, so you can ensure they do not engage in self-harm or hurt anyone else.

Once you have attained emergency medical care for the individual, medical responders will be able to care for the person’s physical and psychological needs. They can monitor the person’s body temperature, provide medications to treat seizures, and assess their emotional state.

Currently, there are not any medical treatments developed specifically for a 2C-B overdose. Individual symptoms are treated as they present themselves. Quick emergency medical response focuses on stabilizing breathing and circulation, followed by calming any hyperactivity and delirium.

Can 2C-B Be Used Safely?

As a hallucinogenic and psychedelic drug that is often experimented with at parties or raves, there really isn’t a safe dosage of 2C-B. People with knowledge of 2C-B have identified mild dosages that seem to have relatively safe side effects on users, but everyone responds to drugs differently. What is safe for one person may cause dangerous side effects in another.

Overall, little scientific research has been done on the effects of 2C-B. Combined with the fact that it can only be purchased on the black market, the risks of taking 2C-B outweigh any possible benefits.

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