The Definition of Research Chemical
The research chemicals are also called as Designer Drugs or Legal Highs. These are chemicals that have been experimented and created in order to yield the same effects of other drugs including cannabinoids, ecstasy amphetamines, and psychoactive drugs. The term ‘research’ is used in these types of chemicals because these are new and only few information about the effects is available. The toxicity levels are frequently unidentified and small numbers of human experiments are the source of its effects.
Many drug users are patronizing research chemicals because of its production and marketing. It is quite disturbing to know that most of these chemicals are being sold ‘legally’ on several websites over the internet. Vendors can get away with the law because research chemicals are in the gray area between the legal and illegal drugs. Some chemicals are designed with similar molecular structure with illegal drugs like cocaine, MDMA, or opium. However, there are also other chemicals that are mixed together to give a result which is comparable to psychoactive substances.
The Risks of using Research Chemicals
Many people’s death was directly linked to research chemicals. Thus, these are considered to be lethal and dangerous to consume. The risks become higher when a person takes another illegal substance or ingest alcohol because the resulting effects are still unknown and its toxicity levels. Since research chemicals are just starting to gain popularity, only a few drug users have used it. The available information regarding research chemicals is solely based on a few people’s stories, which are found in online forums and discussions.
Some of the several grave side effects of research chemicals include cardiovascular problems, chronic diarrhea, confusion, convulsions and seizures, heart palpitations, inflammation of the heart, increased blood pressure, increased sweating, loss of consciousness, nausea, potential neurotoxicity, severe vomiting, and swelling of lips and fingers. According to reports, ingestion of research chemicals like Mephedrone, 2C-E, and 2CB-Fly resulted in death. Note that these research chemicals are sold legally.
Everyone can buy these experimental research chemicals. All you have to do is go online and you will see that vendors are available worldwide. People who order these chemicals will receive a bag of pill or powder together with the receipt. Some sellers are attempting to limit their transactions with buyers who are at legal drinking age. However, they may not do any confirmation to check. The most important factor of the research chemicals is its purity; to which most are at 90 percent purity and above.
There are several issues with selling and purchasing of research chemicals, such as the potential risks of the substance bought, the effects it will bring to the user, and the law violated by the seller and the customer. The laws in several countries are constantly changing in order to control and limit the trade with research chemicals. So when a person tries to buy a research chemical, he is putting his health at risk and the potential of being imprisoned.
Impurity of the Substances
The purity of research chemicals is one of the key issues of its legal marketing. One study showed that chemicals are often sold as a mixture or with other ingredients and not as a pure substance. The impurities of research chemicals can result in an error in dosage, overdosing, and severe adverse reactions. There is limited information on research chemicals regarding the correct amount that should be taken, the adverse reactions, and the counteractive substances. It is important to note that chemical compounds should be handled with care but many people do not follow this principle. Furthermore, psychoactive drugs have unpredictable reactions and may vary with different people.