Research chemicals are a class of chemicals that are not illegal to buy, sell, or possess. They are often used as alternatives to illicit drugs.
There are many kinds of research chemicals. Each research chemical is assigned a specific, identifying number by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).
Some research chemicals are also known as designer drugs. A designer drug is a drug whose chemical structure has been modified to alter its effects in an attempt to avoid laws that control the drug. Designer drugs may be legal to possess and use, but they are often not legal to sell.
Other research chemicals are used to make designer drugs, such as 2C-B.
Some of the research chemicals sold online are known as analogs. An analog is a chemical that is similar in structure to a drug that is already illegal. Analogs are not necessarily illegal but are illegal to sell, buy, or possess in many countries, including the United States.
Some research chemicals sold online are classified as New Psychoactive Substances, or NPS. NPS are drugs that have a chemical structure that is different from illegal drugs but that have similar effects. NPS are not necessarily legal to buy, sell, or possess, but they are not always illegal.
Many NPS have been created by drug manufacturers to try to avoid illegal drug laws.
Research chemicals are sometimes sold as chemical powders or crystals. They are sometimes sold as liquids or in capsules.
Research chemicals may also be sold as drugs. For example, many research chemicals are sold as “legal ecstasy” or “legal marijuana.” These drugs are not legal to sell or possess because they do not have the same chemical structure as the drugs they are sold as.
Research chemicals are sometimes sold as bath salts.
Some of the research chemicals sold online are believed to mimic illegal drugs, such as LSD and MDMA.
Some research chemicals are used to create illegal drugs, such as synthetic marijuana.
Where research chemicals come from
Research chemicals are created in laboratories or made in a process called chemical extraction.
Chemical extraction involves mixing a drug with a chemical to pull it out of the drug. The research chemicals that come out of chemical extraction are sometimes called designer drugs.
Some research chemicals are created in laboratories with methods like chemical synthesis. Chemical synthesis is a process in which chemicals are turned into a drug.
Research chemicals are also sometimes created in a process called chemical synthesis. Chemical synthesis is a process in which chemicals are turned into a drug.
How are research chemicals sold?
Research chemicals are sold online and in some shops.
Some research chemicals are sold online as powders or crystals. Other research chemicals are sold as liquids, capsules, or packaged as drugs.
You can buy research chemicals online in a variety of ways, including:
- Online shops
- Social media
Be aware that selling certain research chemicals is against the law in many countries, including the United States.