Regular Research chemical shoppers will most likely have noticed the gradual disappearance of Etizolam from the shelves of many of the most popular online RC Vendors. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this compound it is a benzodiazepine derivative that is sold over the counter in India as a skeletal relaxant. It is used to treat conditions such as anxiety, amnesia and panic attacks. Due to the fact that Etizolam is not listed as a medicine is much of Europe it has up until now been freely sold online in the form of a ‘research chemical’ AKA not for human consumption. Etizolam has been the most popular Research Chemical on the market now for the last couple of years due to its flexibility and ease of use. It was originally sold in professionally packed blister packs direct from Indian pharmaceuticals although many vendors stopped this due to the packaging which implied use as a medicine which contradicted the companies conditions of sale. It seems however that the sale of this extremely popular benzo has been discontinued on many of the main vendors websites so why is this?
We have asked a few stores why they have stopped selling Etizolam because as far as we are aware there has not been a ban on Etizolam in the UK. Some vendors seemed uneasy at the question – clearly treading carefully around the subject however we did get some information from an un-named vendor who told us that the legality of Etizolam in the UK has come under some scrutiny. While it is not listed as a medicine in the UK it is apparently listed as a medicine in Italy and the laws surrounding medicine in the EU reportedly state that if a chemical is listed as a medicine in any EU country it is classed as a medicine in the rest of the EU. This would explain the sudden disappearance of Etizolam without warning.
We have however also received an email from one vendor stating that they are continuing selling Etizolam because it is not illegal and has not been banned so it seems there is still confusion surrounding this chemical. Whether these vendors legitimately believe it is completely legal or whether they are simply continuing to sell it so that they don’t lose custom is still unknown but there is clearly some confusion over this product and many vendors nowadays will air on the side of caution when it comes to the legality of Research Chemicals.
The UK’s longest running research chemical shop Plant Food Palace has rebranded as Science Supplies Direct. While it is a shame to see the back of such an iconic brand we feel it is a good move for the guys and helps make them a more serious research chemicals vendor. They seem to be stocking a much wider selection of science supplies including gloves, aprons and goggles so this certainly makes them the UK’s most varied science and research chemicals store. They also have a promotion on using the code sciencesuppliesdirect for a 10% discount. There is a also talk that this rebrand will enable the company to take larger credit & debit card payments and reduce fraud. We personally love the new brand and wish them all the best.
The ACMD has reported back to the government to advise that they put a permanent ban on a selection of research chemicals as a result of an investigation into their misuse. The most notable of those products which are due to be controlled is that of 5-EAPB which is widely available in most good Research Chemical stores. This compound has been added to other benzofurans 5-APB & 6-APB as well as 5-MAPB which were placed under temporary control last June. In hindsight it was probably a poor move by the vendors who released 5-EAPB so quickly after the banning of the other Benzofurans as it gave the authorities the ability to easily add this interesting material to their ban list. The ban is due to come into force in spring this year and it will be a disappointment for many as 5-EAPB is quite unique in the current market which is saturated with stims and benzo’s. The recommendation suggests that these chemicals be listed as Class B Drugs.
A couple of other compounds which are due to be scheduled include some less known compounds such as 5-IT which is not widely stocked anymore due to concerns over it’s safety, and IAP which is another less known chemical. There was also a seperate report published which deals with the NBOME family of chemicals although these have also never really taken off due to their hazardous potency.
These materials are due to come into force on June 10th 2014 so all websites will likely be running special promotions in the build up to this ban. If you would like to read more about the law change you can read the report here.
Diclazepam Pellets: The newest benzo on the block
Diclazepam is a benzodiazepine based chemical which has recently entered the research chemical market in the form of small pressed pellets which commonly contain 1mg or 2mg of active Diclazepam. You may have guessed from it’s uncannily similar name that Diclazepam is an analogue of the pharmaceutical drug Diazepam which is used to treat patients suffering from Insomnia, Panic Attacks, Anxiety and Seizures. This close similarity has led to a vast interest in this new compound for all people suffering from these symptoms as well as scientists looking into the possibilities of this new chemical material. Early indications suggest that 1mg of Diclazepam is equivalent to 10mg of Diazepam.
If you are wanting to buy Diclazepam online you can currently get 10 pellets for £9.50 from UK-based research chemical supplier Plant Food Palace as well as many other vendors across the web. The purchase of Diclazepam or 7-chloro-5-(2-chlorophenyl)-1-methyl-1,3-dihydro-2H-1,4-benzodiazepin-2-one is currently legal to possess and import throughout the whole of the EU without the need for a home office license. This will be of particular interest to customers in countries where the other popular benzodiazepine-based research chemical Etizolam is no longer unscheduled. We must point out that anyone purchasing Diclazepam is doing so on the condition that they are only using it as referencing sample and not for any in-vivo studies.
Those of you who closely follow the movements of the Research Chemical industry or those of you who study research chemicals will be aware of the recent introduction of a new APB by the name of 5-EAPB. This new compound is an amphetamine which is structurally very similar to 5-APB 5-(2-aminopropyl)benzofuran and 5-MAPB 1-(benzofuran-5-yl)-N-methylpropan-2-amine. 5-APB and 5-MAPB, as well as 6-APB and 6-MAPB were included in a recent Temporary Class Drug order issued by the Home Office on June 10th. The banning of these compounds came as a big shock to the industry where these fascinating Benzofurans had been setting the benchmark in research chemicals for years. Benzo Fury had been making newspaper headlines for months – firstly after a girl proclaimed that she had swallowed one of the Benzo Fury Pellets and walked around naked in a frenzy. And after a second incident whereby a man died at a popular Scottish festival after apparently consuming a Benzo Fury Pellet. These sensationalised and unfounded stories brought these chemicals to the public eye and alerted government bodies to the presence of this particular research chemical. Subsequently we have found out that the teenager who had apparently died from consuming Benzo Fury had not taken benzo fury but had in-fact taken ‘dodgy’ ecstasy pill (MDMA). Without any serious studies being done into the safety of Benzo Fury (6-APB) the compound was added to the Temporary Class Drug Order list. The related compounds 5-APB and 5-MAPB were also added in what was one of the biggest shocks to the community for years.
Following on from these bans there was a fear that these seemingly rushed draconian measures would leave a massive void in the research chemical industry however just 3 days after the ban Purechemicals.net decided to launch 5-EAPB. 5-EAPB is an N-Ethyl derivative of 5-APB and as a result it falls outside the temporary ban. The pricing of 5-EAPB is currently at a premium like is often the case when a new compound first surfaces, being widely listed at £50 a gram however the price will almost certainly drop dramatically over the coming months. Early indications from around the blogosphere suggest that 5-EAPB is a particularly exciting compound which will be a more than suitable replacement for the banned APB’s. Everyone involved in the research chemical industry is just hoping that the home office puts more thought into the deployment of any future TCDO’s.
We are often asked by newbies to the world of cannabinoids how to make your own herbal incense blend infused with their choice of cannabinoid. Making your own blend is very easy and can save you a load of money however it can be time consuming and takes a couple of days before it can be ready to smoke. Many people will prefer to pay extra for the convenience of buying a pre-made blend, if you are one of these people we recommend Plant Food Palace whose popular blends MIST and Strawberry SENSI are the best ones we’ve tried and are some of the cheapest online. The potency of your blend will vary depending on how accustomed you are to smoking cannabinoids and the cannabinoid you are using. Cannabinoids can vary in potency quite drastically so please take care not to overdo it.
What you will need:
- A large tub/container
- A bottle of 100% Pure Acetone
- A large spoon/stirrer
- Your choice of cannabinoid
- Your choice of herb (Damiana Leaf & Marshmallow Leaf work well)
- (Optional) Tobacco flavouring such as “Tasty Puff” plus a fine mist spray bottle.
- Remove the twigs from the herbs, the amount of sticks and twigs will vary from herb to herb – Damiana Leaf for example is very twig-heavy however Marshmallow leaf has very few twigs
- weigh out your herbs and your choice of cannabinoid. You may choose to combine herbs as they all differ in harshness so by combining a few you can achieve your desired smoke. If you are unsure of the ratio of cannabinoid to herb to use please refer to our chart below:PB-22 / BB-22: Potent – 1g Chem to 35g Herb Medium – 1g Chem to 40g Herb Mild – 1g Chem to 50g Herb
Potent – 1g Chem to 17g Herb Medium – 1g Chem to 25g Herb Mild - 1g Chem to 35g Herb
STS-135 / 2NE1
Potent - 1g Chem to 15g Herb Medium – 1g Chem to 20g Herb Mild – 1g Chem to 25g Herb
- Pour enough Acetone into the basin/tub to moisten all the herb but not too much so that the herbs will be soaked as it will take a long time to dry out. Pour roughly 1 cup of acetone for 200g of herb. Then stir thoroughly so that all the herbs go a dark colour, signifying that they are wet.
- Leave to dry in a well ventilated, warm and dry room.
- Once the smell of acetone has completely disappeared and the blend smells solely of herbs your blend is ready. At this stage you can spray your blend with your chosen flavouring using a fine “mist” spray to evenly distribute the flavouring.
Since the UK’s legislation was amended on February 2013 in an attempt to combat the widespread legal use of synthetic cannabinoids the market has been quick to respond. Just 2 months after the ban there are already a handful of new synthetic cannabinoids which remain legal post-ban. The Home Office document outlined a blanket ban on all cannabinoids containing an indole element within their formula. This covered the vast majority of synthetic cannabinoids – The AM Series AM-2201, AM-694, AM-1220, AM-2233 as well as popular cannabinoids MAM-2201 & UR-144. The European market was quick to evolve however as the US constitution’s tight narcotics laws had already led to replacements being synthesised in China which did not contain an indole element. Step forward the Indazole-based synthetic cannabinoids. These new wave of synthetic cannabinoids are based around an indazole ring as opposed to an indole ring which makes them completely legal throughout the UK and Europe. The new compounds which have been released so far include AKB-48, PB-22, 2Ne1, BB-22 plus their fluorinated counterparts 5F-AKB-48, 5F-PB-22 and STS-135 – and they are all legal to acquire without the need for a home office license. We give a lowdown of some of these new compounds below:
Systematic (IUPAC) name: 1-pentyl-N-tricyclo[188.8.131.52,7]dec-1-yl-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide
CAS number 1345973-53-6
Mol. mass 365.510 g/mol
2NE1 / APICA
Molecular Mass: 364.522 g/mol
Molecular Formula: C24H32N2O
CAS number: 1400742-17-7
When a newbie to the research chemicals industry first sets out on their endeavor to purchase genuine high quality research chemicals it can be a bit of a challenge weeding out the legitimate suppliers from the small time scammers. Many new websites crop up on a weekly basis and often manage to find their way into the search rankings. Quite how Google puts these sites above genuine, long standing sites is still a mystery to me. Now I am not saying every new site is some sort of poor imitation – you do get new sites cropping up with great chemicals and attentive service but many of these new sites are here one minute, gone the next. It is also true that a lot of the new sites are setup by the owners of one of the bigger sites so the chemicals they sell are of the same great quality and the prices are often cheaper because they are desperate to build a customer base. It is widely known however that the nature of the industry means that there are many cowboys out there running websites which should not be trusted. When you are on a mission to buy research chemicals online our advice is to scour the forums and the blogs to find a website which is well regarded by customers and one which can be trusted with providing you with the correct chemical. There was a case a few years back whereby a guy was sent the wrong a chemical and as a result he ended up overdosing on a chemical in which the dosage was miniscule compared to the comparable chemical he thought he was testing. This highlights the importance of buying from a genuine retailer.
There is a lot of excitement in the industry about a new compound which appears to be close to the horizon for commercial distribution. 2-(2-Methoxyphenyl)-2-(methylamino)cyclohexanone or Methoxyketamine is a member of the arylcyclohexylamine family of compounds and is a close analogue of 2-(2-Chlorophenyl)-2-(methylamino)cyclohexanone or ketamine. Early indications seem to suggest that it will bear a far closer resemblance to ketamine than Methoxetamine with about 40% of the active potency of MXE. This new chemical is being marketed as 2-MK or 2-MeO-Ket and is thought to be getting commercial release in around August time understood to be starting at a price of around £30 a gram. It was thought that the compound 4-MeO-PCP was to be the Methoxetamine replacement however it seems that for numerous reasons the development of 4-MeO-PCP has not progressed as expected and as a result 2-MK has been tipped to be the main MXE replacement on the market.