Methylone is a chemical drug that has striking similarities in structure with MDMA but the effects are comparable. It is been referred to as a research chemical because it is a new substance and not much is known about it except the fact that it is a stimulant with mild hallucinogenic effect. The substituted cathinone analog of MDMA is what is been referred to as methylone and it is also the 3,4-methylenedioxy analog of methcathinone. Structurally, the only difference you can find between methylone and MDMA is the replacement of two hydrogen atoms with one oxygen atom in the β position of the phenethylamine core, this will bring about the formation of a ketone group.
Peyton Jacob III and Alexander Shulgin who were popular chemists back in 1994 were the first to synthesize methylone. All of a sudden, it was sold by smart shops in 2004 with the name explosion. It was never marketed as a stimulant but rather as an air freshener. It is sold as a solution together with a fragrance, the solution comes in 5 cm tubes with screw caps. One tube is equal to one dose. Lots of research have been conducted on methylone and it has been established that the effects that are produced by methylone are quite similar to amphetamine and MDMA. The same way the usage of the drug is low is the same way little is known about the drug, but it is a schedule 1 control substance. The effect of this drug does not last long as it appears to be two times shorter than normal similar drugs. It takes about two hours for the effect to wear off.
Physical effects of methylone include;
- Loss of appetite
- Slightly rolling eyes
- Increased blood pressure and heart rate
- Increased body temperature
- Difficulty urinating
- Dry mouth
- Large pupils
- Stiff jaws,
- Blurred vision
Psychological effects of methylone include;
- Euphoric feelings
- Improved concentration
- Strong tendency to talk
- Increased energy
- Increased libido
- Higher capacity for empathy
- Reduced anxiety and insecurity
Methylone is mentally addictive according to empirical research. Once you start taking it continuously, to stop can be very difficult because you won’t feel complete without it. A lot of people out there can’t go a day without taking these drugs, they can’t have a normal evening or spend the weekend freely without taking this drug. In as much as there is no report that methylone has physical addictions but you still need to be really careful because it is not certain. Like I said earlier, not much is known about this product as it is a research chemical so this drug needs to be handled with care. It is advisable not to combine it with many other substances as you may cause a problem for yourself.