The psychedelic drug 2C — also known as smiles, 7th heaven, 7-up, beautiful and tripstasy — is a newer combination hallucinogenic and stimulant drug. Unlike some other hallucinogens such as magic mushrooms and LSD, however, 2C drugs can produce fatal overdose.
Little is known about 2C drugs because they do not have the established history of other psychedelics. What addiction experts, medical professionals and law enforcement officials do know is frightening.
The History of 2C, LSD and Other Hallucinogenic Drugs
Although the most famous hallucinogenic drug is LSD, it is not the oldest psychedelic on record. For centuries, cultures around the world have abused substances such as magic mushrooms, marijuana and peyote.
Famed scientist Albert Hoffman didn’t discover LSD until 1938, when he transformed a rye grain fungus into the compound later used for everything from recreational abuse and psychotherapy to governmental mind control. The drug 2C — which the counterculture scientist Alexander Shulgin first synthesized in 1970 and described in his book PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story — is significantly more dangerous than LSD because it can cause fatal overdose.
The Dangers of 2C
There are several varieties of 2C drugs, including 2C-I, 2C-B and 2C-T-7. All 2C drugs cause powerful and sometimes frightening hallucinations that can last for hours — they can also cause uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting. Because 2C drugs negatively affect heart rhythm and blood pressure, overdosing on 2C can end in death.
The federal government declared the 2C class of drugs as Schedule I substances. Other common Schedule I substances include drugs such as heroin. Because the drug is relatively new, little is known about its long-term effects on people and animals. Like all illicit synthetic drugs, however, it is never possible for a user to know exactly what substances are incorporated into 2C.
This white and sparkly powder that users typically snort or ingest in tablet form takes longer to produce effects when compared to other drugs. The long period — typically two hours — preceding the psychoactive effects results in many users believing they have not taken enough. After taking more, they overdose.
Users crave 2C’s hallucinogenic effect as well as the feelings of empathy it produces. It also causes extremely unpleasant side effects, even in small doses. The effects of 2C can last for several hours. If a user is having a “bad trip,” this experience can be terrifying as well as dangerous.
In the body, 2C affects how the brain manages serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical that regulates several essential bodily functions — without serotonin or during serotonin syndrome, serious negative health effects occur.
Understanding 2C Addiction
2C is popular among those who also take MDMA-based drugs such as ecstasy, molly and moon rocks. It may also appeal to people who take other types of club drugs, such as ketamine.
The 2C class of drugs is much more powerful than other hallucinogens because they also contain stimulants. The effects of the high can last for a day or longer, and many who use 2C even one time suffer serious injuries and even overdose. Seizures, heart attacks and actions resulting from poor judgment have all resulted from 2C abuse.
Although people who abuse drugs such as LSD, magic mushrooms and marijuana do not typically develop physical addiction, they can develop psychological addiction. Too little is known about 2C to fully understand its effects on tolerance, physical dependence and addiction. Because users likely associate 2C with LSD, many who use it are unprepared for the strength and severity of the drug’s side effects.
An individual struggling with hallucinogen addiction is more likely to develop symptoms of schizophrenia and depression. During Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder, a long-term abuser of psychedelics will suffer from possibly permanent negative visual effects. As with all hallucinogens, flashbacks are a risk. The effects of 2C, however, are likely to be worse because they include stimulants.
If you notice the following signs or symptoms, it’s time to get help:
- Spending more and more time trying to find 2C
- Ignoring old friends to hang out with a new crowd that also does 2C or other club-type drugs
- Ignoring or neglecting important responsibilities and obligations
- Periods of anxiety or depression alternating with euphoria, hallucinations or intense activity
- Denying drug abuse or hiding how much drug use is going on
- Trying to quit but not being able to
- Using drugs to avoid problems or a mental health disorder such as depression
The staff at 12 Keys Rehab is compassionate, experienced and well qualified to address the full spectrum of issues associated with substance abuse. Our small recovery center helps people learn to live sober and satisfying lifestyles every day. We can help you or the struggling person you care about too — all you have to do is ask for help.
Following enrollment, the recovery process begins with a supervised detox. Medical detox helps people rid their bodies of hazardous drug toxins while making them feel more relaxed. This is excellent preparation for the therapeutic journey ahead, which includes groundbreaking treatments such as Neurobiofeedback and EMDR.
Our staff is also qualified to address the mental health disorders commonly associated with addiction using evidence-based behavioral therapies and time-honored psychotherapies. With 12 Step care, our clients create their own design for living that enhances spiritual satisfaction. After inpatient care, we continue partnering with our clients as they live drug-free, happier lifestyles.
Addicted to 2C? 12 Keys Rehab Can Help
If you or someone you love is addicted to 2C or any other substance, the time to get help is now. Everyone deserves to live in sobriety, and 12 Keys Rehab can help. Call us now for more information and find a path to freedom, starting today.
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