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Dimethocaine and cocaine overlay has a great article on the rapidly expanding research chemical movement and the attempts by all to keep up with the pace of psychoactive innovation. From Dr. Caspar Addyman, a developmental psychologist and co-founder of

Ever heard of dimethocaine, methoxetamine or JWH-18? They are ‘research chemicals’ similar to cocaine, ketamine and cannabis respectively. They were all first synthesized in the last few years and are being produced in large quantities in Chinese factories. They are quasi-legal and readily available over the internet. As a consequence, they are already widely taken. Like mephedrone before them, it probably won’t be long before they are banned. And, like mephedrone, no-one really knows if they are safe or not.

People haven’t been taking these new drugs for long enough for us to know. Scientific research is lagging far behind casual self-experimentation. Science can’t keep up. In 2010, according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drugs Addiction, 40 completely new substances were taken by UK recreational drugs users. In the same year, 1,700 new medicines and drugs were licensed for the UK market. Many of these are psychoactive and some are liable to be abused. Psychopharmacologists and drugs professionals have a full-time job trying to keep up with the pace of change. So what chance does the weekend clubber have?

In my view, when it comes to new recreational drugs, casual users might well be better informed than the professionals. We experiment on ourselves and we see the effects on people we know well. We share information and develop our own jargon. We have a good idea what ‘monged’ means and we know how this differs from ‘spangled’. The internet ‘helps’ too. Sites like Bluelight, Erowid and urban75 seek to capture and spread this 21st century folk wisdom. And, Frankly, I’d recommend them as a more reliable source of knowledge than any government funded drugs ‘information’ service.

Posted By jamesk at 2011-05-05 13:18:42 permalink | comments
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Ginablaze. : 2011-05-21 17:24:21
@Torontonian. I agree it isnt normal to inject drugs unless for medicinal purposes, stay strong there is help out there.
Torontonian. : 2011-05-18 10:23:20
This is retarded. "no-one really knows if they are safe or not." Thats the truth, no one has taken them long enough to see long term effects. The average kid I see at TRIP's events is 14-19, your brain isnt even fully developed. As an older, more experienced drug user, you should take some advice and stop thinking youknow everything. That's the most typical characteristic of drug users, past and present- they think they know everything. Well this is the kind of thing where it's usually too late to fix it once it's broken. Is it really worth fucking up your life to get high on something that you don't fully understand or know what to expect? Not only is it not worth it, it's irresponsible.
I often wonder if this TRIP project does more harm than good, trying to make things like this more mainstream, access to clean rigs for teenagers in high schools when they would otherwise probably never even come across injected drugs unless they saught them out. Now they can get clean needles in every neighbourhood, what message does that spread - that It's normal to shoot drugs. ITS NOT NORMAL AND IT RUINS YOUR LIFE.
I am a drug user, not a preacher. I am a long term heroin addict, ketamine user, marijuana smoker. I often look back and wish I never had tried anything.
Caspar Addyman. : 2011-05-08 04:44:38
@dononamous - yes, sorry about that.. wasn't expecting it to be blown up that large. We aren't trying to 'blind you with science'
AilDon. : 2011-05-07 21:22:25
I hope they develop the site further. I'd really like to read more about the similarities/differences between the drug and it's analogue.
dononamous. : 2011-05-06 08:15:21
I think he could have used an easier picture on the eyes, to see the difference of cocain vs dimethocaine for a chemistry lamen.

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