Similar to psychoactive drugs, research chemicals are man-made substances produced to create some desired effects. They are sold and made at low prices which makes them appealing to the market. The intense high also makes them desirable and in-demand. Research chemicals are synthetic or designer drugs and are incorporated in the classification of new psychoactive substances (NPS). 

Research chemicals may be synthetic versions of genuine research or prescription drugs. However, they may also be active ingredients found in other synthetic drugs. The labeling, though, is at times misrepresentative and these chemicals tend to consist of different drug types or doses than what is required. 

Despite it being called “research chemicals, they are often manufactured and sold for recreational purposes. They are simply labeled as such to avoid being pointed to as illegal or controlled substances. Nowadays, manufacturers use legal chemicals and change the drugs’ contents per batch to avoid legal impediments.  

The usage of these research chemicals is known to be potentially risky and may lead to addiction and overdose. Nevertheless, professional treatment is provided to overcome dependence on these research chemicals or drugs and to oust behaviors associated with addiction.  

Various Types of Research Chemicals 

There are various types and amounts of research chemicals as they contain psychoactive substances. Usually, the ingredients are not enumerated or listed- and if listed, are often listed incorrectly. They also vary batch-by-batch, so the buyer will have a chance of not knowing what he or she is taking.  

It was explained by The Alcohol and Drug Foundation that active ingredient found in numerous New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) can be classified as research chemicals. The main ingredients are often embedded in the labeling of these research chemicals, yet such is not always accurate and complete.  

Some of these research chemicals are synthetic or modified versions of real and authentic research drugs. A good example is W-18, an opiod-like research drug manufactured by chemists with a notable painkilling ability. Legitimate companies alike sell few amounts to buyers with licenses procured by DEA to allow them to possess controlled substances. However, laboratories in Asia have been spotted to design and sell synthetic versions of W-18 all over the internet.  

Manufacturers and sellers alike will usually modify the chemical contents of a drug to produce a new derivative. Likewise, laboratories have been creating new spin-offs of opioids to sell all over the World Wide Web. They would design a new drug that is not listed as a controlled or illegal substance, then consistently change the formula to stay ahead of legal systems. 

Research Chemicals include mixes of drugs that have included pharmaceuticals, controlled substances and some adulterants. The following are just some of the drugs found in research chemicals: 

  • Cathinones 
  • Tryptamines 
  • Methoxetamine 
  • Phenethylamines 
  • Piperazine derivatives 
  • Mephedrone 
  • Synthetic opioids 
  • Aminoindanes 

 These chemicals may be labeled as “only for research purposes” or “not designed for human consumption” but the opposite is true. They have street names such as plant food, bath salts and other denotations which point to other uses except human consumption. The following are some of the most known street names of these research chemicals: 

  • Gravel 
  • Ivory Wave 
  • Flakka 
  • Magic mushrooms 
  • Dr. Death 


Research chemicals tend to come in crystals, white powder, capsules or blotter tabs. They have numerous methods of administering such as ingesting, smoking, injecting with a syringe, snorting and anal administration. 

The following are some tips you might want to keep in mind when purchasing research chemicals online:  

Be specific. 

 Every research or laboratory needs its own particular chemicals and equipment. The products you purchase need to meet the parameters and standards of your research. Look for a reliable website and invest your money on best quality products but please do keep in mind the safety and accuracy of products you have in mind.  

Ensure quality.  

 Buying these research chemicals might be the best choice, but you need to consider the kind of chemicals you need. Do not compromise on the technicalities, the materials used in manufacturing, the brand, the price; everything must be considered. Before even jumping into the venture of buying your own research chemicals, learn and read more to be able to distinguish the high from low quality chemicals. Handling chemicals is serious business. Make sure you get the highest possible quality as possible. 


Know your supplier. 

Aside from the aforementioned, your research chemicals should be bought from chemical supplier of good repute. The market is bombarded with many chemical manufacturers, the good and the bad, and you need to choose one which will suit you most. Look for leading suppliers and check the feedbacks if they are truly reliable for you research chemical needs. The internet is crawling with hundreds of manufacturers you may choose from. Do not settle just because a certain manufacturer’s products are cheaper than the others. That is not how it is supposed to work. 

To do this more effectively, it would be better to contact the manufacturer through email or phone call to be able to speak more personally about particular queries you have in mind.  

Do some research. 

To check the quality and reliability of the seller, as a purchaser, you should be able to conduct your own research regarding his or her products. Check reviews websites if you must. The popular reviews websites have detailed and updated information about almost all online sellers all over the world. Aside from this, customer reviews are also proven to be effective most of the time.  

In researching, aside from the abovementioned quality you should absolutely put on top of the list, you must also be able to pinpoint the ingredients you need in a certain research chemical. The chemical makeup may vary per brand so you need to double check and scrutinize the product description and the like. That is indeed a very important part of the research process.  

Examine the Website. 

Found a potential chemical manufacturer you would like to purchase from? It is definitely essential to check out the whole website and magnify into the specific details. For instance, is the site effective in laying out information clearly? Is the information accurate? Does the name of the company sound official? Are the content and appearance professional? Reputable and authentic chemical supplier companies will have their products listed in a professional manner devoid of error and mistake. They will also see to it that their laboratory equipment (if any) are listed in such manner.  

 A good website is like a storefront for businesses online, so choose wisely and consider the website in choosing a good manufacturer.  

Check for Trustworthy Sources 

The supplier’s website should link to reliable sources. The suggestions should be significant to the industry and not appear very promotional. The network support and web administrator and such shouldn’t be enigmatic. Everything should be concise and understandable. It is also vital to check out the payment method. A trustworthy company will list methods such as credit and debit cards and traditional mail-in options. Be cautious of sites that accept personal account transfers through methods such as PayPal. This is typically a red flag. Also, verify that the address is in fact real and that support staff are available to take questions and complaints. Don’t trust all reviews any reviews or feedback you find on the company, as these can easily be bogus. It is best to research the company yourself than to simply believe what other customers have to say. 

 Some customer reviews may only be aimed at badmouthing a particular research chemical company so one needs to avoid relying merely on reviews.  

Check the MSDS 

A good tip is to ask the research chemical supplier for MSDS (material safety data sheets). These are information sheets that provide details on the chemical. MSDS are made available on a worldwide scale by the supplier. Information included can be on side effects, toxicology, safety measures, flash point, handling and care, boiling points and melting points. By providing you with these sheets, the company guarantees that you know all about the chemical and its uses. This is an excellent way to tell if a company is real and trustworthy. If they are aware of guidelines in place, they are characteristically reliable. 


 These are all excellent tips you can follow if you are trying to determine the authenticity of the chemical manufacturers you are trying to reach out to. It is crucial that you take these steps before making a purchase, as there are many scammers out there.  

 As discussed above, research chemicals are very sensitive substances which may or may not be meant for consumption. Despite the lack of certainty in that area, it is better to be vigilant in your purchase as research chemicals may be dangerous if not utilized properly. It is better to know more by constant research and by regulating use of these chemicals. Although they may not be considered illegal, they may have adverse effects on the body so knowing exactly what you signed up for is very important in buying research chemicals.