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[ Synthetic Trips ]

Synthetic trips are psychedelic hallucinogens which means they will make you “trip”.

Each of the trips have a slightly different effect for example 2CB creates a euphoria similar to MDMA while 2CI is slightly more potent and 2CE is more likely to create a “spiritual” feeling.

They all mostly have a combined psychedelic, hallucinogenic and stimulant effect. This means they will make you feel “up” like MDMA but also create strong visual or auditory (hearing) effects.

Colours might seem brighter, flavours stronger and thoughts more intense or free. You might get a really strong feeling of déjà vu or a case of the giggles. Confusion is not uncommon as you may find it difficult to concentrate on one thing or to order your thoughts.

These drugs are measured in mg and it is important not to judge a dose by eye as a little can make big difference.

Some people snort trippy drugs as a powder, tip the powder down their throat or mix it with juice. Snorting often causes effects to come on quicker and stronger than swallowing and it can be a more intense experience (although effects tend to last longer when the drug is swallowed.) Snorting these drugs can be very painful and they have a strong, unpleasant, taste when swallowed.

Trips can come on within 20 minutes but it could take two hours or more. Trips will usually last between 4-8 hours but somtimes the effects might go on for 12 hours.

Some people also report a "hallucinogenic hangover" known as HPPD where they will still see the visual effects after the drug has worn off. This can last a few weeks but it will go away.

What you need to know

If you choose to use trips:

-Research the dosage and effects carefully
-Use in a safe environment where there are people you trust who can help if you need it
-Trips can make you feel queasy and upset your stomach
- Be careful when mixing stimulants as this is asking your body to do extra work in response to the drugs
-Using trips can be quite intense and it is important to allow time to rest after taking them. Most people recommend waiting weeks or months in between sessions to give your body time to adjust to the experience
-Each time you take a trip the experience can be very different. Stay calm. The effects will wear off!

Legal Information

Check the A-Z to see information about a specific synthetic trip.

Some synthetic trips are covered by The Misuse of Drugs Act. Others are covered by The Psychoactive Substances Act. It was introduced in the UK on the 26th May 2016 and it makes it an offence to manufacture, export/import (i.e. buying from a non-UK website), supply or offer to supply any psychoactive substance, if likely to be used for its psychoactive effects. Despite being psychoactive, alcohol, nicotine, tobacco and caffeine are exempt from the act.

Under the new regulations, possession with intent to supply is an offence. Possession is not an offence, except in a ‘custodial institution’ (e.g. prison, young offenders centre).

Penalties range from civil sanctions to a 7 year prison sentence but some offences will be considered to be aggravated, including selling to under 18s or around schools and children’s homes etc.

The Human Medicines Regulations (2012) and the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) including Temporary Class Drug Orders (TCDOs) will remain unchanged.

The police have increased powers to stop and search individuals and premises, and NPS may be treated like a controlled drug until proven otherwise.