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What Is 25I-NBOMe?
25I-NBOMe, also known as Cimbi-5 or 25I, is a recreational drug sometimes taken for its psychedelic qualities. It has only been used in this manner since 2010, and was mainly used as a chemical in scientific research before this.
The History of 25I-NBOMe
25I-NBOMe was discovered as a lab chemical in 2003. It was often tagged with a carbon tracer and used in different tests. However, it became popular as a psychedelic drug in 2010. Because of the unique effects and the very small amount needed to achieve a high, 25I-NBOMe has become the psychedelic drug of choice for many young people.
Effects of 25I-NBOMe
25I-NBOMe has many effects, some negative and some positive. These effects are caused mainly by the drug’s action on serotonin receptors. The positive effects include:
- visual distortions including trailing and color changes
- stimulation of body and mind
- increased creativity
- feelings of love
- changes in time perception
As with all drugs, 25I-NBOMe also has unpleasant effects, which include:
- repetitive thoughts
- paranoia and anxiety
- clenching of jaw
- tunnel vision
- tachycardia, or fast heartbeat
- nausea and vomiting
- dizziness and fainting
- tremors and twitching
- loss of muscle control
The negative effects will be more likely to occur and also more severe in the case of an overdose.
How 25I-NBOMe Is Taken
25I-NBOMe is usually placed on a piece of blotter paper, similar to LSD. This paper is sucked and chewed in the mouth. 25I-NBOMe will not be absorbed if it is swallowed; it must be absorbed through the skin in the mouth.
Dangers of 25I-NBOMe
One of the main dangers of 25I-NBOMe is that it is very easy to overdose. The amount needed to get high is very small, but so is the amount that can cause an overdose. There have been many cases of young people overdosing from even a drop of this drug. This and other synthetic drugs are popular among recreational drug users who have to be drug-tested, as there is no test commercially available. As the drug becomes more popular, there will likely be more overdoses.
Is 25I-NBOMe Addictive?
Scientists have not yet studied whether 25I-NBOMe is addictive. However, many drugs that act in similar manners on serotonin receptors have potential to create a physical dependence. However, most users of psychedelic drugs do not take them often enough to create any dependence.
The United States government responded to the growing number of overdoses in 2013 by adding 25I-NBOMe to its list of Schedule I controlled substances. This means that people using it face legal dangers as well, including arrest and imprisonment.
25I-NBOMe is still so new that its dangers and long-term effects have not been studied and are not well-known. However, this drug will likely be in the news more and more as an increasing number of young people experiment with it.
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