Bromo-DragonFLY (also known as DOB-DragonFLY or simply B-DFLY or Dragonfly)
is synthetic, psychedelic, designer drug similar to LSD but has an extremely high potency and very unpredictable dose-response. It’s around one-third the potency of LSD by weight, but DragonFLY drug effects last for days and have been described as hellish. Similar to LSD, it is usually sold on blotter paper — in fact, sometimes people who believe they are buying LSD are actually buying DragonFLY. What they don’t know is the adverse side effects don’t begin until several hours after the dose and can last for as many as 36 hours.
Developed in the late 1990s in a lab, DragonFLY was named for its chemical structure, which resembles a dragonFLY. The drug affects the serotonin receptors in the brain and acts as a hallucinogenic. Unlike LSD, which has been tested for potential therapeutic uses, DragonFLY is not currently in use for anything other than recreational abuse. In the U.S., DragonFLY is a Schedule I controlled substance and seems to be most popular in New Orleans, LA. It has never been documented as sold on the streets.
Dragonfly Drug Effects
Those who take more than a small dose are at risk for a number of unwanted side effects, including constricted blood vessels, which could potentially lead to amputation. Overdose is also very possible, and despite the newness of the drug and its reported similarity to LSD, there have been several reported deaths in the United States, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.
Although it can take several hours for the effects of DragonFLY to kick in, some users feel symptoms within the hour. In addition to the high commonly associated with psychedelics, DragonFLY also produces hallucinations, increases energy levels, and enhances empathy toward others. The “trip” generally lasts about 12 hours, with the comedown taking another 12 hours. In addition to these effects, users also often feel less hungry and suffer from memory loss, confusion, and tension.
The physical drug effects of DragonFLY are very similar to traditional phenethylamines such as 2C-B, mescaline, and 2C-E. The “high” DragonFLY produces can be described as a warm and fuzzy feeling with mild tingling sensations and the trip on DragonFLY produces these other sensations:
- False sense of body control – the user feels as if they have more balance, coordination, and dexterity
- Increase in body sensations – the user seems to feel every nerve ending across the body, which makes kissing, touching and sex more pleasurable
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Muscle spasms and contractions
- Teeth grinding
- Olfactory hallucinations – smelling odors that aren’t present
- Gustatory hallucinations – sense of taste is altered
- Nausea and diarrhea
- Pupil dilation
- Numbing of the mouth
- Stomach cramping
Dangers of Using Psychedelic Drugs:
Injuries. When taking a psychedelic drug like dragonFLY, the user is disoriented and delusional, setting them up for accidental injuries to themselves or others. During trips, there have been reports of people running into traffic or even falling off rooftops.
Bad trips. A common risk of doing dragonFLY is that it won’t produce the effects you’re looking for. Instead, the trip can turn into a horrible experience, producing overwhelming anxiety, even psychosis. Although some bad trips are manageable, others are not, with the user still experiencing anxiety, depression and overall low functionality for days following.
Developing long-term mental health disorders. Anyone who is predisposed to a mental illness (a history of mental illness in the family) could be more at risk of developing PTSD, anxiety disorder, depression or even permanent psychosis after a bad trip on dragonFLY.
Overdose and death. There is always a potential for overdose, especially ingesting dragonFLY with other substances. DragonFLY is a powerful vasoconstrictor, narrowing of the veins and blood vessels, and this can become dangerous during an overdose. Ingesting more than the recommended dose can result in dystonia, tachycardia, hypertension, psychosis, tachypnea, seizures, hepatic or renal dysfunction, and death.
If you’re experiencing one or more of the signs above, it’s time to find out more about how 12 Keys Rehab can help you.
Is DragonFLY Addictive?
The relative newness of the DragonFLY means little is known about the drug’s long-term effects on the body or mind. Just as with other psychedelic drugs, dragonFLY does not produce a physical addiction, but users may become addicted to its psychological or hallucinogenic effects. All current research indicates that abusing dragonFLY does not produce physical dependence or the unpleasant physical withdrawal symptoms associated with other dangerous drugs, such as heroin. The major reason to seek help for DragonFLY abuse is because of its dangerous potential effects, especially when taken at high doses. There is also a chance that underlying mental health issues are lurking, which can lead to the drug abuse. Addiction treatment is more than just stopping use of the drug. It is getting to the core issues.
Common Signs of DragonFLY Abuse Include:
- Lying about how much is being used
- Ignoring friends and loved ones or important obligations
- Hanging out with only those who use drugs or hanging out alone because friends won’t get high
- Problems at school or work, with money or the law
- No longer spending time doing the things that once brought joy, such as playing a sport or an instrument
- Feeling anxious and irritable when not using
- Combining DragonFLY with another substance to get a stronger high
- Using drugs to avoid feeling depressed or angry, or just to forget about life
You Can Quit Using DragonFLY, and We Can Help
The unpredictable drug effects of DragonFLY are scary and life-threatening. If you or a loved one want to live a life free of drugs, 12 Keys Rehab is here for you. You don’t have to let drugs or alcohol keep you from living the sober, fulfilling life you deserve. At 12 Keys Rehab, our caring and knowledgeable staff, many of whom are in recovery themselves, work tirelessly to change lives for the better. We can help you, too — even if you’ve tried rehab before.
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