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J Psychopharmacol. 2014 Aug;28(8):780-8. doi: 10.1177/0269881114523866. Epub 2014 Feb 24.

The NBOMe hallucinogenic drug series: Patterns of use, characteristics of users and self-reported effects in a large international sample.

Author information

1
Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, London, UK will.lawn.12@ucl.ac.uk.
2
National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia.
3
Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
4
School of Psychology, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
5
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK Global Drug Survey, London, UK.

Abstract

The NBOMe compounds are a novel series of hallucinogenic drugs that are potent agonists of the 5-HT2A receptor, have a short history of human consumption and are available to buy online, in most countries. In this study, we sought to investigate the patterns of use, characteristics of users and self-reported effects. A cross-sectional anonymous online survey exploring the patterns of drug use was conducted in 2012 (n = 22,289), including questions about the use of 25B-NBOMe, 25C-NBOMe, and 25I-NBOMe and comparison drugs. We found that 2.6% of respondents (n = 582) reported having ever tried one of the three NBOMe drugs and that at 2.0%, 25I-NBOMe was the most popular (n = 442). Almost all (93.5%) respondents whose last new drug tried was a NBOMe drug, tried it in 2012, and 81.2% of this group administered the drug orally or sublingually/buccally. Subjective effects were similar to comparison serotonergic hallucinogens, though higher 'negative effects while high' and greater 'value for money' were reported. The most common (41.7%) drug source was via a website. The NBOMe drugs have emerged recently, are frequently bought using the internet and have similar effects to other hallucinogenic drugs; however, they may pose larger risks, due to the limited knowledge about them, their relatively low price and availability via the internet.

KEYWORDS:

Demographics; NBOMe; hallucinogen; internet drug market; legal drugs; n-bomb; oral drugs; psychedelic; psychoactive drugs; public health; recreational drugs; risk behaviour; survey

PMID:
24569095
DOI:
10.1177/0269881114523866
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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