Articles and information regarding cathinones.
Legal Highs, Ethnobotanicals & Research Chemicals - Incidence and usage of less-common (write-in) psychoactive substances reported by IDMU Survey respondents 1997-2011
The write-in options on the IDMU surveys offer a valuable ‘early warning’ system for new psychoactive drugs appearing on the UK market. There has been a notable (4-fold) increase in the incidence of write-in drugs over the past 5 years, and although part of this is attributable to improvements in survey methodology and data collection, the increasing availability of so-called ‘legal highs’ from ‘head-shops’ and via...
(Methylethcathinone, 4-MEC, N-Cat, NRG-2)
4-Methylethcathinone (4-MEC) is an ethylated analog of cathinone similar in structure and activity to Mephedrone but with an ethyl substituent at the nitrogen atom rather than methyl in mephedrone[i]. It has been marketed as a legal high under the trade names NRG2 and N-Cat.
Mephedrone (4-methylmethcathinone) is a derivative of Cathinone, which is one of a number of alkaloids which can be extracted from the (fresh) leaves of Catha edulis (khat), a plant widely-used as a traditional stimulant in Somali and Yemeni communities.
Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) is a designer stimulant drug closely related to Mephedrone in structure and effects.
Introduction: Flephedrone is a fluorinated analog of cathinone similar in structure and activity to Mephedrone.