With the western world aiming to get a grip on the emergence of legal highs, chemists are turning to more and more modificationsof their product to enable them to slip through loopholes in current legislation. This causes a serious worry for those addicted to achieving the highs experienced when they take these drugs. Who are the new vendors on the market, and is their product safe?
On first hand, impressions may lead you to think that those who almost feel dependent on psych altering drugs would not care to support or help those who also partake in such a recreational activity. In fact, in open web technology, thousands of users are confidently and capably discussing the merits of the new chemicals being traded, and are managing it with almost entirely no legal action sought.
There are online forums which are currently active that primarily discuss the benefits and drawbacks of what is commonly known as research chemicals. These chemicals, often produced and sold in countries where legislation allows them to, are variations on powerful, illegal drugs from the last fifty years. An example of these slight modifications allow the vendor to sell and users to buy 5-MAPB , which is a similar product to the potent alpha-pvp.
The forums have strict rules. Despite the obviously blatant indication that the posters are undertaking recreational drug use, there is never a mention of where it is they order their stock from. No suppliers, no brand names, just discussions on the names of the products, which are often very scientific in name. The more you discover this world, the more you realise that there is a real sense of camaraderie between the regular users. There is genuine concern for those who use untested and dangerous chemical that are available. Each type of legal powder is meticulously ‘tested’ by the ‘researchers’ and they report back their experiences.
The discussions revolve around the efficiency and the effect of the stimulants. Some forums discuss how long the effect lasts, how they are affected, and how they dosed up the drug. Also, there is discussion of whether the products under that chemical name are being distributed in a clean and discreet way. The vendors websites, who market themselves under ‘bath salts to buy’, or ‘research chemicals for sale’ do not offer guidance on how to administer the drug, as they maintain that it is not used for personal use.
So, incredibly, the online forums were created to champion the best drugs on the market. An actual field of real life, participating, researchers. Users discuss long term side effects, the influence of mixing drugs, and the quality of the product and its’ purity. This consortium of drug users are often well versed in the chemical terminology and makeup of their product. They are also vehemently against users posting how to buy MPHP or any other similarly crafted drug. The discussions are educated far more than you expect, and there is a real sense of belief that they are not uncontrollable addicts, but rather purveyors of a mind altering stasis they wish to engage in.
This level of knowledge and confidence allows the vendors to sell the product as ‘research chemicals’, knowing that at some level, their terminology for the product is somehow correct.