Following the death of a 17 year-old girl in manchester at the weekend, Greater Manchester Police have issued a warning about the “Mastercard” ecstasy believed to be responsible. They have accompanied this with a photo of the affected batch, which do appear to show the popular pills. Accompanied is a professional image from pillreports.net for comparison.
These have been analysed by several organisations who report that they contain around 200mg1 of MDMA. A typical single-dose of MDMA for a teenage girl would be under 100mg, which makes these a really strong pill. The police do not comment further on the matter but it seems likely that this is a tragic case of overdose from the extreme strength of the pills, most likely compounded in a hot environment.
Police have urged anyone who has taken the pills to seek medical attention, even if they are not under the effects of the drug. This is quite uncommon given that very few drugs can cause fatalities after the effects have worn off, but they have not elaborated on the reason for this advice.
Mexedrone is the only cathinone currently sold legally in the UK. It strays significantly from the traditional structure by having an ether group in the alpha position, which makes it legal and brings the dose to be the same as mephedrone. It is still a stimulant drug, and does seem to have collected some limited popularity among enthusiasts.
It takes the form of some quite attractive white/colourless crystals.
The reagent test kit results are as follows, with the marquis test first, showing fizzing but no colour change.
The froehde reagent test gives the same reaction with mexedrone – no colour change.
Yet again the liebermann reagent pulls through, giving a bright yellow/orange reaction.
Dibutylone is a novel cathinone stimulant which appears to be sold as MDMA and mephedrone since butylone has been banned. Based on similar compounds it is likely that it will behave as an “extended release” version of butylone, and be inactive until it passes through the liver. This would make snorting mostly ineffective.
Dibutylone forms attractive crystals and is quite cheap. You can see a picture of the dibutylone tested here below:
You can see the reagent test kit results below. These were kindly submitted to us by a third party who was sold it as mephedrone and verified the sample with WEDINOS (W005102)
Dibutylone test results
You can see EcstasyData results for dibutylone here:
The Daily Star is reporting that “Chupa Chups” stamped ecstasy tablets with PMA are circulating in the UK.
An anonymous source is reported to have sent the tip-off claiming the pink tablets are stamped with the brand name.
Though red Chupa Chups tablets have been circulating for some time, a recent round, pink chupa chup pill has also recently surfaced and has had a questionable reputation from the get-go.
Pictured below, courtesy of pillreports.net, the submitter suspects the contents are MDxx + PMA/PMMA.
The more popular red Chupa Chups pills have contained MDMA for some time and have a “flower” style outline with a stylised Chupa Chups logo. Users are being urged to exercise extra caution until more information is known – uncorroborated tabloid rumors can turn out to be just that, but for the cost of a few pills it might be worth picking up an MDMA testing kit just in case, regardless of the pill logo.
If you do find yourself taking a pill without testing it first, remember to #CrushDabWait – this will reduce the risks no matter what’s in it, be it strong MDMA or PMA.
None of these compounds had results available so we thought we’d test them so that future researchers would be able to screen for them.
Ibuprofen is of particular note because its easy availability makes it good for testing the reagents themselves to ensure they are still working well.
You can see the results below:
DXM is an interesting one here, it very quickly reacts (as with most reagents) giving a green colour which progressed to blue within 15 seconds. The second photo is at 60s and shows the colour progression to clear in the middle with a blue tint at the edges.
Ibuprofen goes a muddy brown colour pretty quickly and then stays that way. Beautiful.
Modafinil gives the same deep brownish red that is seen with some of the other reagents when reacting with the mandelin reagent.
Sugar doesn’t react at all with the mandelin reagent
Tianeptine is prescribed as an antidepressant (Stablon) in Russia but has found significant popularity among nootropic users worldwide for its anxiolytic and antidepressant effects, with many finding it useful for depression which has resisted other treatments.
We have teamed up with NewMind to publish the results of their testing of tianeptine so that buyers can more easily avoid the many shady nootropic vendors that have appeared online. Liftmode are unusual in that they test all of their products using reagents and traditional laboratory techniques, and are willing to share their results with the community.
This sample has been confirmed by HPLC to contain 99% sodium tianeptine.
Tianeptine reacts with the mandelin reagent to give a dark black reaction. The other reagents do not produce notable colour changes.
Ephenidine is a dissociative drug with a very simple chemical structure. It is generally said to have similar effects to methoxetamine (MXE) but is legal in most places in the world. The effects last around 6 hours and the dosage is around 70-110 mg.
We couldn’t find any reagent test results for ephenidine so we took our own. Note that this sample has not had its identity verified yet.
The mandelin reagent goes to a dark green colour within about 10 seconds.
The marquis reagent goes to orange fairly quickly, and progresses to a brownish orange over the course of a 60 second test.
The froehde reagent gives a light yellow colour when reacted with ephenidine.
Finally, the libermann reagent goes very quickly to a deep red and then progresses quite quickly into a simlar red with a more brown body.
You can see the reagent test kit reaction results below. Click to enlarge
2C-T-7 is a psychedelic phenethylamine with a long duration. It has not got the same favourable safety profile as other drugs in the class and deaths have resulted from high doses.
Though the mechanism for these deaths was once speculated to be through MAOI activity, the low MAOI activity of “Aleph” and other alpha-methylated thiophenethylamines suggests that this is not the case, as alpha-demethylation and addition of methoxy groups to the 2 and 5 positions on the ring both result in reduced MAOI activity.
Regardless of this, 2C-T-7 is still dangerous even if we don’t quite know why, so being able to identify it is useful!
You can see colour changes from the liebermann reagent testing kit below.
The test initially (and very rapidly) turns a beautiful royal purple. After about 15 seconds it appears that moisture from the air causes an orange colour to develop at the fringes. Over the course of about 5 minutes the sample turns completely orange.
This sample’s identity was confirmed as 2C-T-7 by WEDINOS.
alpha-PVP, (a-PVP herein) is a potent stimulant which became popular after mephedrone was banned. Its typical dose is around 20mg and it has a natural numbing effect which leads it to be sold as cocaine and occasionally even as MDMA! Because of its high potency it can cause serious issues when sold pure so detecting it is pretty important, and we could not find reference data for the liebermann and froehde reagent test kits.
The froehde reagent did not yield any colour change but did fizz, indicative of the common HCl salt.
The liebermann reagent gave a light yellow colour. It was a bit stronger in reality than in the photo but it was still not a strong reaction. a-PVP does not give a colour change with the marquis reagent.
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