Post Date: February 10, 2014
What is 2C-B?
- 2C-B is a psychedelic drug first synthesized in 1974 by Dr. Alexander Shulgin. It is one of the better-studied “novel” psychedelics, and is no longer considered to be a research chemical.
- 2C-B is classified as a phenethylamine, which is a category of drugs that tends to share properties of psychedelics and stimulants to varying degrees.
- 2C-B belongs to a family of drugs known as the “2C-x class” (or, more simply, the “2Cs”). These include 2C-I, 2C-E, 2C-T-7, and many others.
- 2Cs are usually sold as powder in baggies or gel caps, but are sometimes pressed into pills resembling ecstasy tablets.
What are the effects?
- 2C-B has both psychedelic and stimulant properties. It tends to be very visual and, like other psychedelics, produces perceptual changes.
- 2C-B is known for its unique “rushing” body high and relatively gentle headspace, which is usually reported to be less psychologically confusing and introspective than other psychedelics.
- 2C-B lasts approximately four to eight hours, with little to no residual effects.
- 2C-I, 2C-E, 2C-T-7, and the other 2Cs are dosed differently than 2C-B, and each has a unique effects profile, duration, and safety profile. See PsychonautWiki.org for detailed information on the 2Cs.
What is a typical dose?
- A threshold dose (one that can just barely be felt) is about 5 mg. An average dose is around 15-25 mg, and a strong dose is 25-45 mg.
- At low doses (5-15 mg), 2C-B tends to produce mild mood enhancement that usually lacks significant cognitive or visual effects.
- At higher doses, 2C-B can produce intense visual effects that are similar to (and sometimes more intense than) those of other psychedelics. These may include color enhancement, geometric patterns, and surface warping or breathing.
- 2C-B is typically ingested orally and can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a full two hours to take effect. Due to its tendency to induce nausea, some people prefer to administer 2C-B rectally to avoid first-pass metabolism through the gut.
- Snorting 2C-B is notoriously painful and is often avoided.
- 2C-B is very dose sensitive; a dose increase of just a few milligrams can create a much more intense effect. Try to use volumetric dosing to measure your dose, and start small if you are experimenting for the first time. Do not try to eyeball 2C-B.
- As with other psychedelics (and intense [drug] experiences in general), people who have personal or family histories of mood or psychotic disorders may be at increased risk of psychological upset after taking 2C-B.
- 2C-B can sometimes cause nausea, trembling, chills, or anxiety in some people.
- 2C-B’s characteristic “rushing” body load resembles some stimulants, unlike psychedelics like LSD and mushrooms. Although most people find 2C-B easier to handle than other psychedelics, the potential for a difficult experience still exists, especially with higher doses.
More harm reduction tips
- While there have been no reported deaths from 2C-B, there have been from some of the other 2Cs. Other 2Cs are less studied than 2C-B and fewer clinical studies have been conducted to assess their safety.
- As with all psychedelics, “set” and “setting” are important factors in determining whether someone has a positive or difficult experience. “Set” is a person’s mental state (their thoughts, mood, and expectations), while “setting” is the physical and social environment in which the drug is consumed. Being in a good mental state, with trusted friends in a supportive environment, reduces the risk of having a difficult trip on 2C-B.