Mephedrone is a man-made stimulant that comes as a pill, powder or crystal. It was originally sold as plant fertilizer. It’s one of the newer drugs, so the long-term effects are not yet known. Usually you’ll see meph in capsule form or sold in 1 gram baggies.
The most common way to take it is to swallow it but it can also be snorted. The effect of one capsule will kick in after around 30 minutes and the high will last about an hour.
ALSO KNOWN AS
Meow meow, miaow, MCAT, cat, bubble and drone.
THE EFFECTS + THE RISKS
The high from meph is similar to a combination of speed and ecstasy. You might feel a rush of energy, want to dance all night, be more talkative and feel closer to your friends and the people around you. Like other amphetamines, mephedrone pumps up your body temperature and heart rate, so it can put you at risk of overheating and dehydration. It’s important to sip water while on mephedrone and to avoid mixing it with other drugs, including alcohol.
There are other risks related to taking mephedrone. When you start coming off a high you can feel dizzy and confused. There’s a much more instant crash when you take it. The drug is highly addictive and as soon as you start feeling that crash coming on it's likely that you'll want more. Taking more then increases the risk of an overdose or other serious reaction. The comedown from taking mephedrone can last for days afterwards.
Mephedrone has been made illegal in Australia in recent years. If you’re caught with it you may be fined and further criminal action may be taken.
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