Types of Research Chemicals

Research chemicals have been referred to as substances that are not prohibited by law but are still considered to be experimental. These chemicals are designed to produce the same effect as other drugs like psychoactive and cannabis drugs.

They can also be called as Designer Drugs. They are often termed as research chemicals since there is still little information about their full effects. Toxicity is unknown and the effect of the drug has not been fully documented yet. Some of these chemicals became popular because of the way it is made and sold. It can even be sold online.


MephedroneThis is probably one of the most used research chemicals in the market. It has the same effect as a stimulant drug amphetamine. This drug looks like white crystalline powder. It can also be called as meph, plant food and meow-meow.

Some of the effects of mephedrone include alertness, euphoria and talkativeness. Mephedrone is known to cause heart complications, nausea, and an increase in blood pressure as well as palpitations. The high associated with the drug can often encourage other users to use it often.

Stimulants/ Entactogens

Stimulants produce the feeling of alertness making a person feel more active and energetic. It has the same effects as amphetamine and cocaine. The common names of these stimulants include 4-FA and pentedrone. Some people report feeling emotional after using the drug. Some people use stimulants to temporarily improve their mental and physical performance. Some legal stimulants are prescribed to patients who experience lethargy and fatigue. It is also used to improve concentration and reduce restlessness in people who suffer from ADHD.


Hallucinogens are research chemicals that can produce visual and auditory hallucinations. These drugs are particularly used to increase emotional effects. The use of hallucinogens can also produce a sense of detachment from the environment. Some types of hallucinogens can also induce the state of delirium where a person is unable to control their actions and are extremely confused by the situation.

Synthetic cannabis

Cannabis is a drug that mimics the effects of marijuana. Synthetic marijuana can be legally sold as medicinal herbs that can cause intoxication and euphoria when smoked. It is also used to reduce anxiety and reduce the signs of agitation.

Psychedelic drugs

Psychedelic research chemicals mimic psychoactive drugs whose primary effects include the alteration of perception and cognition. Unlike other drugs like stimulants which intensify sensual experiences, psychedelic drugs explore a different kind of consciousness that may be difficult to explain in the real world. The use of psychedelic drugs is often compared to religious ecstasy, dreaming and trance. Studies show that this type of drug can inhibit the brain’s ability to filter perceptions, emotions and memories. The effect of the drug can vary from few minutes to several days.

Phenethylamine based

Phenethylamine is a chemical that is known for its psychoactive effects in the brain. It functions as a neurotransmitter in the nervous system. Small amounts of phenethylamine are found in foods like chocolate. It is even sold as dietary supplement to aid weight loss and to improve mood swings.

Tryptamine based

Tryptamine is an alkaloid that is commonly found in plants, animals and fungi. It has the same effects as hallucinogens. Higher doses can also affect a person’s balance and vision. One type of tryptamine called as DiPT primarily affects auditory senses. Some studies are exploring this research chemical because of its complex auditory distorting effects.


Opiod is a chemical that resembles morphine and opiates. It mainly works by attaching to opiod receptors in the central and peripheral nervous system. These organs are primarily associated to the effects and side effects of the drug.