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Where did “molly” come from? We need to travel back in time to answer that. It’s all over the news, this formulation of MDMA that the kids are popping at clubs. But kids are dying! This is what gets the news — a moral panic killing our youth; THINK OF THE CHILDREN! We have to […]

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“Krokodil” is the street-name for a concoction of gunk to democratize opioid-making. It’s in the news again because it made it to America and, allegedly, New York. We have the “Heroin Highway,” so why bother? Why try for yourself, when every news report is showing the stuff melting limbs? Why does Krokodil specifically cause people to rot? Chemically, we’re […]

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There’s a spectre hanging over hallucinogens, the spectre of 25I-NBOMe. It’s a substituted phenethylamine hallucinogenic and entactogenic stimulant. Chemically, it’s the N-benzyl derivative of the hallucinogen 2C-I. The addition of the 2-methyoxybenzyl made it an exceptionally potent 5-HT(2A) receptor agonist. They’re sold as “N-Bombs”, “2C-I-NBOMe”, “Smiles” or “25I”. I’m sure new and exciting street names […]

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With Electric Zoo in the news and people all over the city talking about bad Molly, I think it’s time for some harm reduction. STOP EATING SO MUCH FUCKING MOLLY. Many drugs have non-linear pharmacokinetics. That may mean 20mg is not twice as strong as 10mg, it may be 4 times or even stronger. Other […]

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Insomnia is New York. New York is insomnia. We have a 24/7 metro system, last call at 4am, and 24hr restaurants everywhere. Leave the office, stay up all night and catch a cab, because in a few hours, it’s time to get to the office and start it all over again. But you toss and […]

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Ambien or zolpidem is a prescription hypnotic of the imidazopyridine class. It is the chemical relative of Sonata (zaleplon), Imovane (zopiclone) and Lunesta (eszopiclone). Colloquially, these nonbenzodiazepine drugs are referred to as “Z-drugs” and are some of the most commonly prescribed “oh just go to bed already” drugs. The Z-drugs work their magic via potentiating […]

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Caffeine is a strong stimulant of the xanthine class. Naturally occurring, it’s the world’s most commonly consumed upper. Religions even exempt caffeine from restrictions on intoxicants because no one would worship a god that didn’t let you have a tea or a Coke. Caffeine is an addictive psychostimulant drug. It’s not known exactly how many […]

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If you don’t know what a Quaalude is, find an old person — anyone who would have been in their teens and twenties in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Ask them about “ludes.” If you can’t, read on. The chemical name for Quaalude (“kway-lewd”) is methaqualone (“meth-uh-kway-loan”). Methaqualone and its most common chemical relatives etaqualone and […]

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Mephedrone (4-methylmethcathinone) — also known as MCAT and drone — is a powerful stimulant of the cathinone class. It’s that beautiful baby MDMA and cocaine would have together I mentioned earlier. While a constituent of “bath salts,” it’s better known in Europe as “plant food” and was readily available online. Mephedrone’s strong stimulation and high […]

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Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a tree native to Southeast Asia. The leaves are filled with dozens of alkaloids and quite a few are psychoactive. Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are the most important alkaloids in Kratom. They’re both opioids. Ethnobotanicals aren’t in the same category as MDPV or phenazepam but I’m starting to see too much false […]

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