What is it?
Mephedrone (4-methylmethcathinone) is a designer psychoactive drug and a synthetic stimulant that temporarily increases mental and physical functioning. Mephedrone is closely related to amphetamines and is typically used recreationally although it is an illegal substance. Street names for this drug include:
- Plant Food
What does mephedrone do?
Not to be confused with other substances Methedrone (PMMC) and Methylone (bk-MDMA) it is most commonly sold in a white powder or crystal form or capsules containing the powder although it can also be found in pill form.
Most people consume it orally. Usually, it comes wrapped in cigarette paper and swallowed although it can also be found in capsule or pill form.
Some reports have shown it has also been used by being snorted with straw or banknote. The main feeling is one of coming up. Users describe the urge to dance, excitement, rushes, alertness, euphoria, feeling of being high stimulated with an elevated mood urge to talk. There appears to be a plateau between 45 min and 2hrs if taken orally and it is common for users to redose.
What are the dangers?
Note: the effects of all drugs differ from person to person and will depend on the quantity you take, your mood, where you are, who you are with.
Users have reported pain & irritation of skin exposed to the substance, in particular, irritation and pain to the nasal area after snorting, dry mouth, and the craving to redose quickly is very dangerous as obviously, this can lead to overdose. This drug also has a strong appetite suppressant, will induce poor concentration, affect your short term memory, and vastly increased your heart rate. Lethargy and insomnia are also widely reported.
Users have also experienced increased body temperature, that can lead to dehydration, palpitations, anxiety, depression, sweating with odour, gurning, nystagymus (eye jitters) and pupil dilation. It should be noted that very little is known about the long-term effects of this and other similar drugs.
What to do if I think I have a Mephedrone addiction?
If you think you or your friend has a problem, is addicted or is abusing Mephedrone, contact Rehab Guide on 02072052845 to inquire about a home or clinic drug detox and rehab programs available.