4 Commonly Abused Research Chemicals

Drugs like heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana may seem passe to people who have a long history of taking mind-altering substances. When these users want a new experience at a reasonably low price, they may reach for “research chemicals,” synthetic drugs that have been made to produce a powerful change within minutes. These experienced users may have no idea what’s inside the drugs they’re taking, and in part, that’s no accident. Drug manufacturers like to keep the ingredient lists secret, so they can change their formulas when needed and stay a step ahead of the laws.

If drug users knew what was inside these little drug packets, however, they might be less likely to take these drugs when they’re looking for a cheap thrill. These are just four ingredients that have been linked to research chemicals sold in this country. There may be many more ingredients inside research chemical drugs, but this short list should provide enough information to keep people away from these drugs for good.


This drug is considered a hallucinogen, and it’s included in drugs like ecstasy and LSD. People who take this drug may experience pleasant changes, including:

  • Increased ability to see colors
  • Augmented appreciation for music
  • Mild hallucinations
  • Euphoria

People can also experience a variety of negative symptoms, however, including depression, confusion and body aches that last for days after the use, according to an article in the journal Substance Use and Misuse.


This is a stimulant drug that can help people feel empowered and alert, and while those sensations might be popular, this is a drug that can also be incredibly dangerous. In a study in the journal Addiction, researchers found that mephedrone had an addiction potential similar to cocaine, with 54.6 percent of people taking this drug reporting that it seemed addictive to them. People who take research chemicals that contain this ingredient may find it hard to stop taking the drugs, even though they might desperately want to do so.

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This ingredient is similar to tryptamine, in that it’s a chemical that can bring about hallucinations and altered experiences. There are many different types of phenethylamines, however, and they all work within the human body just a little bit differently. As a result, people who take one type of this drug and experience no ill effects can’t be sure that this kind of drug will be safe for them. The next dose could contain a different chemical, and that alteration could cause them harm.


This drug is sometimes included in research chemicals, and it’s sometimes sold on its own as a “bladder safe” form of the hallucinogenic drug ketamine. According to a study in the European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, this drug has been associated with a catatonic state, and it’s also been associated with high blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms. It’s unclear why this drug is considered safe, since it seems to be so very toxic.

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