The 2CB family is a group of synthetic psychedelics used as designer drugs and MDMA analogs. They were first synthesized by chemist Alexander Shulgin in the 1970s. Since then they have been used to circumvent legal bans on MDMA. Many members of the group, like 2C-I and 2C-B cause stimulation, euphoria, increased heart rate, color enhancement, and hallucinations. Different members of the 2C family have different effective doses, and they can be hard to tell apart. This can lead to overdose in cases of mistaken identity.
- The spectrum of activity of 2C-B is very broad and is located by users between that of LSD and MDMA. Experienced users also report very different experiences with the same consumption requirements [dose, form of application, set (mental and physical condition of the user) and setting (environment)]. 2C-B has a very strong hallucinogenic effect: all senses are sensitized, strong changes in perception (even with closed eyes) such as colored patterns, auras and flowing movements can occur, intensified body feeling (»body tripping«). This effect is perceived by some users as very scary. In addition, 2C-B can have a sexually stimulating (aphrodisiac), harmonizing, empathogenic (feeling into others), slightly stimulating and euphoric effect. Users also report giggling attacks and a hearty laugh. With low and medium doses it can happen that e.g. suddenly and unexpectedly back and forth between intoxication and perceived sobriety.
- Short-term side effects: severe burning of the nasal mucosa when snorting. Slightly accelerated pulse, increase in blood pressure, increase in body temperature and reduced feeling of hunger; Nausea, sweating, dizziness, restlessness and irregular heartbeat are possible. Users report stomach and intestinal complaints, mild allergic reactions, cough due to increased mucus production and unwanted erections. Pupil dilation, reduced visual acuity, limited ability to concentrate and react as well as sleep disorders can occur. At high doses, bad trips are more likely than at low doses because the loss of control and “reality” can be perceived as threatening (disorientation, confusion and feelings of fear). Even after the effects have subsided, slight side effects can still be felt.
- Long-term side effects: latent (hidden) psychoses can be triggered, which can lead to permanent impairments of psychological well-being. Tolerance training possible: The same effect only comes back after a few weeks of consumption break. We are not aware of any scientific research on other side effects – this does not mean that there are none.