A synthetic drug that was first created in 1974 called 2C-B is known as a designer drug today. It grew in popularity during the 1980s as a legal alternative to ecstasy. The U.S. made it illegal in 1993, followed by most other countries around the world between 1994 and 1998.
It is a hallucinogenic and psychedelic that can produce effects that seem like a cross between ecstasy and LSD. It is favored by some people due to reports that it has a lower risk of causing bad trips and panic attacks than LSD.
Slang terms for 2C-B include:
Someone experiencing a high from 2C-B can be referred to as “tripping” or “seeing the bees.”
In general, people experiencing a 2C-B high will feel an increase in energy throughout the body and a sense that things are changing around them. Additional sensations caused by 2C-B include visual and auditory hallucinations. When taken in the right setting and with the right mindset, these sensations are usually manageable and not felt as overwhelmingly as they are with stronger psychedelic drugs.
While many people who experiment with 2C-B enjoy the hallucinogenic and psychedelic highs, there are risks associated with using the drug. Adverse physical and psychological effects can occur. Physically, people may not enjoy the sensations produced by 2C-B and can even experience stomach problems, such as nausea and diarrhea. People also can have allergic reactions to the drug that results in excessive mucus production and coughing.
Psychologically, people who struggle with the effects of 2C-B report feelings of anxiety and terrifying thoughts or visions. The drug can cause an altered sense of reality and life that is very unsettling to some people.
It is not uncommon for people to have a bad trip, where they experience extreme psychological distress and have a sense of fear and trauma. Psychedelic drugs like 2C-B can trigger underlying mental distress or even mental illness, such as schizophrenia, in people who have a family history of such mental health issues.
A typical dose of 2C-B varies from person to person and what your goals are for your experience with the drug. A threshold dose, or the minimal amount needed to take to feel just slight effects of the drug, is around 2 mg (milligrams) to 5 mg. A light dose of 2C-B is usually 5 mg to 15 mg. Many people choose to experiment with 15 mg to 25 mg at a time. A strong dose of 2C-B that is likely to produce hallucinations is 25 mg to 50 mg.
People who are familiar with 2C-B warn against consuming more than 50 mg at any given time. Taking more than this is likely to cause serious adverse effects for the user.
Additionally, what is a safe dose for one person may not be safe for another person to take. Changing your dose by just a small amount can significantly affect your experience. Gradually increasing the dose can help to monitor symptoms and reduce the risk of having a bad trip.
Depending on the dose you take, how you ingest it, and your personal reaction to 2C-B, the effects will likely be felt for four hours to eight hours after consumption. It is typically consumed orally as a pill or snorted as a powder. The effects of the pill will take longer to be felt. They usually start to appear within 45 minutes to 75 minutes and peak about two hours to four hours after taking it. The after-effects are likely to be felt for another two hours to four hours after the peak.
When taken nasally, 2C-B’s effects are felt much more quickly. They can begin within 10 minutes of ingestion and last for two hours to four hours. After-effects may also be felt for another two hours to four hours.
Of course, personal factors, such as body composition, metabolism, and whether the drug is being taken on an empty stomach, all influence how the drug is processed throughout the body.
As a hallucinogenic drug, 2C-B is generally considered non-addictive. Most hallucinogens, such as LSD, are not addictive, though others, like PCP, can be.
In general, hallucinogens do not cause physical dependence and drug cravings that lead to addiction. Tolerance, however, has been observed in some people who try to use 2C-B more regularly. Someone who takes 2C-B for one night will likely not experience the same level of effects if they take the same amount the following night.
For someone who experiences some tolerance to the drug, it is likely to dissipate within just a few days. Likewise, because people do not develop physical dependence on the drug, withdrawal symptoms are unlikely to be experienced when you stop using 2C-B.
Psychological dependence, however, is possible, as it is with any type of repeated drug use. Hallucinogens interact with serotonin levels in the brain to produce effects on the following:
Overall, researchers need more information about the addictive potential and long-term effects of hallucinogens. The use of any type of drug carries a risk of addictive potential. Many hallucinogens are unpredictable, so it is difficult to judge whether an addiction is likely to occur. In the case of 2C-B, very little is known about the effects it can have on the body and mind.
As with any drug, there are risks and the potential for abuse associated with 2C-B use. It is possible to experience adverse side effects any time you take 2C-B, especially when taking it in high doses.
If you use 2C-B, it is important to be aware of the risks and signs of abuse so that they can be addressed promptly and effectively. Risks associated with 2C-B use include the following:
Someone who is abusing 2C-B may exhibit any combination of these symptoms. They may present themselves during a 2C-B trip, particularly if high doses are being experimented with. Regular 2C-B use may also leave people feeling tired with low mood and anxiousness when they are not on the drug.
Continuously increasing dosage amounts is another sign of 2C-B abuse. Physical dependence and associated withdrawal symptoms are unlikely to occur, but tolerance can quickly develop. Adjusting drug intake to one’s tolerance to 2C-B can indicate psychological addiction to the drug.
For anyone experimenting with 2C-B, particularly if you are experimenting with increasing your doses, overdose is a possibility. More research needs to be done on the risk of overdose with 2C-B specifically, but some studies have been conducted on overdose caused by drugs in the 2C class.
Designer drugs, like the 2C family of drugs, have grown in popularity over the past few years because of their mind-altering effects. People in search of a hallucinogenic high from 2C-B run the risk of developing serotonin toxicity and excited delirium, two of the most significant signs of a 2C drugs overdose. Additional signs of a 2C overdose include:
There have not been any deaths specifically attributed to a 2C-B overdose, though other 2C drugs have caused fatal overdoses. As designer drugs, the 2C class of drugs is not regulated, may be falsely marketed as safe, and can contain ingredients other than what you think you are buying.
The ingredients of illegal designer drugs cannot be guaranteed. Drugs like 2C-B are easily purchased online from anonymous suppliers who do not have to report to any sort of regulating authority. As a result, products are often laced with other chemicals in efforts to make production cheaper.
Sometimes, the drugs being purchased are not at all what they claim to be. When unknown chemicals are consumed, they can interact with one another and cause dangerous health effects, including overdose and death.
If you witness someone experiencing an overdose from any of the 2C drugs, it is important to call 911 right away. There are no specific medical treatments for a 2C overdose, but vital care can be given to address specific symptoms.
Emergency medical care will primarily focus on supportive care, such as maintaining hydration and a calm mental state. In extreme cases of excited delirium, hyperthermia, and seizures, which can all lead to death, medical intervention is necessary.
Because so little is known about the medical effects of 2C-B, no specific treatment options have been developed for 2C-B overdose or addiction. Rather, substance abuse treatment professionals draw on their broad knowledge of addiction to provide effective treatment for an addiction to 2C-B.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), effective addiction treatment includes:
Although there are not any treatment methods designed specifically for a 2C-B addiction, there are many evidence-based approaches to addiction treatment that can be very successful in helping people overcome 2C-B abuse. Through a comprehensive treatment program that addresses all of the needs of the individual, essential life skills can be learned and reinforced to support a life free from substance use.
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