There are always new drugs popping up, sometimes it's hard to know what they are exactly and what the long term effects might be. Always find out as much as you can about a drug you have not heard of before. Below are a few new drugs currently being used in Australia.

MDEA

MDEA has the basic chemical properties of MDMA (ecstasy), which means it can affect you in similar ways to MDMA. You’ll normally stumble across it in pill form, posing as regular ecstasy, either mixed in with MDMA or on its own. MDEA-laced pills are sometimes referred to as ‘smackie’ pills, as they can be mistaken for containing traces of heroin.

THE EFFECTS + RISKS

The effects differ slightly in that MDEA can make you feel more ‘stoned’ than MDMA, which means you’ll feel slower and more likely to experience hallucinations. The feelings of euphoria (the ‘loved up’ sensation you normally get from MDMA) are less pronounced and the overall effects can last between 2-4 hours as opposed to 3-5 hours from MDMA.

Some negative effects of MDEA can include sweating, increased body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate and even convulsions in some extreme cases. If you’re taking MDEA, it’s important to sip water regularly rather than skulling it. Try to have one glass of water every hour if you're not dancing, or two glasses if you are. Drinking powerade is also good because it contains salts, which help you absorb the water. Taking regular breaks from dancing is also important.

The comedown from MDEA can be similar to an ecstasy comedown. You will most likely wake up the next day feeling empty and depressed, and this feeling can last for days afterwards. Mood swings and feeling tired are also common during the comedown. 

THE LAW

MDEA is an illegal substance and if you’re caught with it you may be charged.

2cb

2cb is a chemical that is sometimes found in ecstasy, or sold in pill or powder form under it’s own name. It’s usually swallowed. Some other names for it include tripstacy, T-7, 2CT, 2C, 2CI and 2CE. 

THE EFFECTS + RISKS

The effects of 2cb can be a cross between ecstasy (MDMA) and LSD (acid), which means it can act as a hallucinogenic and a stimulant at the same time. You might see or hear things that aren’t there (called ‘hallucinations’) and feel more alert at the same time. Similarly to ecstasy, you might also experience feelings of being ‘loved up’ and feel more connected to the people around you. The effects can last between 2-4 hours, but there have been reports of it lasting for hours longer.

At high doses, 2bc can increase your blood pressure and heart rate, make you feel confused, agitated, sick, suffer panic attacks and even mild psychosis in severe cases. While taking 2bc, it’s important to sip water regularly rather than skulling it. Try to have one glass of water every hour if you're not dancing, or two glasses if you are. Drinking powerade is also good because it contains salts, which help you absorb the water. Taking regular breaks from dancing is also important.

The comedown from 2bc can be similar to an ecstasy comedown. You will most likely wake up the next day feeling like crap, and this feeling can last for days afterwards. Mood swings and feeling tired and flat are also common during the comedown.

THE LAW

2bc is an illegal substance and if you’re caught with it you may be charged.

DMT

DMT is a powerful hallucinogenic that’s been used throughout history, especially in South America. It’s a natural substance, found in plants and animals, and has even been discovered in small amounts in our brains. Some other names for the drug include Dimethyltryptamine and Dimitri. In its purest form, DMT looks like a yellowish crystal. It’s almost always smoked.

THE EFFECTS + RISKS

DMT will give you a powerful trip. Although it only lasts between 5-30 minutes, you feel like you’ve been transported to another world. All sense of time is pretty much lost, with users believing they’ve been tripping for hours when it might have only been a few minutes. The experience can be amazing and even spiritual but it can also be terrifying and completely overwhelming.

People have been known to harm themselves while tripping on DMT, so it’s best to avoid taking it if you’re in a bad or anxious mood. You might also feel weird and strung out for days afterwards. Taking DMT may lead to psychosis, particularly if you have a mental illness, or a history of mental illness in your family. 

THE LAW

DMT is an illegal substance and if you’re caught with it you may be charged.

If you come across a new drug and you don't know what's in it and how it will affect you, it's not worth the risk.

All drugs are risky but even more so when you don't know what they are and how they are going to effect you. If you need more info call us on our 24 hour free and confidential YoDAA Line: 1800 458 685