Searching for a new experience and longing to escape from the anxiety and trepidation, people tend to put their life at stake by drug consuming without being aware of what impact it can have for their health. When alcohol isn’t enough and the feeling of despair and loneliness overwhelms you, there is nothing left but to try the empathogens. But do those short-lasting minutes of joy are as harmless as you think?
Definition of the Empathogens
Generally, empathogenic-substances, also known as empathogens, belong to the psychedelic drugs classification. Those chemicals increase the feeling of security and benevolence towards the other individuals. People taking empathogens, experience exaggerated empathy and ecstatic exaltation. They become more friendly and prone to think that everyone loves them without noticing a real state of things. However, as well as synthetic cannabinoids, sometimes is causes rapid mood changes.
The origins of the empathogens date back to the 1960s. Initially, they were applied in medicine as research chemicals to cure different psychological problems such as neurosis, anxiety or depression. Later, empathogens were used to suppress hunger. Despite their miraculous properties and healing powers, in a while, they reviled some specific side effects influencing people’s mental state and behavior. Among the most commonly used types of empathogens are the following:
- PMM or PMMA (has a similar effect as ecstasy, but is more dangerous and toxic);
- Merphedrone (stimulates quicker reaction between body and brain);
- MDMA (also bears a name “ecstasy”. It’s main precursors are safrole, isosafrole, piperonal, etc. It has a property to sharpen one’s feelings and makes people both open-hearted and compassionate);
- Ethylone (is often related to the well-known khat plant. The effect is almost similar to cocaine or MDMA).
Typically, the empathogens have versatile forms and are consumed in different ways. They’re available as colorful pills (what makes them extremely appealing and popular on the parties), and less often as powder or capsules. One pill usually contains 60-100 mg of the active substance.
How it works
Claiming that there exists a secure drug usage would be a mistake, and those taking a pill immediately become at risk. After 5-6 hours, the individual may face the following behavioral changes:
- the perception of fear vanishes;
- the person becomes too trustful to the surrounding people even if they’re absolute strangers and aren’t worth attention;
- sexual arousal increases considerably;
- the person becomes extremely eloquent and starts to speak continuously.
Empathogens are often called the drug of happiness, and that isn’t surprising. The way it affects allows people to feel a strong connection with society and evokes the desire to help everyone. But under the curtain of joyfulness, they hide dreading consequences:
- strong psychological devastation;
- continuous feeling of anxiety;
- insomnia and depression.
Some people turn to steroids and hormones to relieve the inner pain, while others reckon that benzodiazepines and empathogens will solve their problems but the results may be disastrous.