The Trip Report 13/01

Cameron Scally
Jan 13 · 6 min read

Even if you know exactly what you’re taking, drug use is never safe — that said, it’s much safer when you do.

Through the work of organisations such as WEDINOS, The Loop, and SaferParty, we know a little more about the drugs in circulation. The report provided below is a summary of their findings over the last week. This report is primarily UK-focused and couldn’t possibly cover everything, so if you find something I’ve missed please contact me and we’ll get it updated.

The absence of a product from this list doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be there; you might have something more dangerous than anything listed, but it just hasn’t been reported yet. A vital tool for any drug user is a testkit, which allows you to identify roughly what is actually in your stash. You can find them here and if you need any help interpreting your results, testdrugs.info provides a web/android app for identifying a wide range of substances.

Final note: This report does not constitute medical advice. Some harm-reduction tips are offered for those who have already taken the compound, but if in doubt seek medical attention.

Standing Warning: Mislabelled Benzos

Dozens of samples from across the UK have been shown to be mis-sold, primarily a glut of etizolam being presented as diazepam and alprazolam. For the time being, it is advised to mistrust anything that didn’t come from the literal pharmacist because these samples have been pressed into convincing pills, even sold in blister packs, and reagent testing between these substances is very difficult. These “street blues” have been implicated in deaths across the country, and are not to be taken lightly.

Standing Warning: “Cannabis e-liquids”

Over the last few months, over a dozen reports have come in of substances sold as cannabis vape liquid which contain no cannabis whatsoever, and instead contain synthetic cannabinoids such as 4F-MDMB-BINACA. Does that name sound intimidating? Good. It’s a bizarre substance which started to appear a few months ago and about which we still know basically nothing. All we can do is compare it to previous “noids”, which have caused thousands of seizures, heart attacks and deaths. While cannabis e-liquids are widely enjoyed in more sensible countries, the UK is not among those countries. Instead, the UK is subject to an unregulated criminal market where the low price, undetectability and ease of production for e-liquids made of concoctions like 5F-MDMB-PINACA render them a no-brainer for unscrupulous dealers. Did you notice that that’s a completely different substance to the one mentioned up top, by the way? There are hundreds, all with inscrutable names like that. It’s exhausting.

Warning: Mislabelled Substance

Substance: Caffeine
Sold as: Ephedrine
Location: Portsmouth
Advice: What we’re looking at here is more of an advertising-standards issue than a safety one. This case is likely a result of a fairly-common marketing trick from a legal supplement company. In the wake of ephedrine’s ban, plenty of companies started marketing caffeine pills, “energy supplements” and the like with names like “EPH HCL” and “ECA” which allude to the substance, but which don’t actually contain one single milligram of the real ephedrine hydrochloride.

Users who are highly sensitive to caffeine may have trouble with this, as ever, but no more than they would with actual ephedrine — the primary thing being harmed here is your wallet.
Source: https://wedinos.org/db/samples/ (Ref: W012451)
Caffeine info: https://psychonautwiki.org/wiki/Caffeine

Warning: Adulterated Substance

Substance: MDMA, amphetamine and caffeine
Sold as: MDMA
Location: Tested in Vienna
Advice: While we do like CheckIt’s dedication to quantifying their results, giving the data in mg/g without offering an estimate for total pill mass means we’re still guessing a bit when it comes to exact dosing. Based on the ratios, however (just over 4mg of MDMA per mg of amphetamine) we can confidently predict that anyone looking for their regular MDMA dose will also be subject to an uncomfortable level of surprise-speediness which could present a real risk of heart issues and panic responses.

We can identify this adulteration pretty simply with Marquis reagent — the red/orange created by the amphetamine will mix with the purple-black of MDMA for a muddy brown which should always be considered suspicious when reagent-testing. If you don’t have any reagents available, this is definitely something you can still enjoy with standard harm reduction practices: low tester doses to get a feel for the strength and mix at play, building up slowly until you reach a state that suits you; staying hydrated throughout and being willing to call for medical attention if you run into any issues will all help to keep you safer if you decide to take these pills.
Source: https://checkit.wien/media/Checkit_Warnungen_1219_Teil2.pdf
MDMA info: https://psychonautwiki.org/wiki/MDMA
Amphetamine info: https://psychonautwiki.org/wiki/Amphetamine
Caffeine info: https://psychonautwiki.org/wiki/Caffeine

Warning: High Dose — 204mg

Substance: MDMA
Location: Tested in Vienna
Advice: Avoid redosing, stay cool and maintain adequate hydration. Many users will dehydrate through sweat, but sweating also sheds electrolytes and some users have suffered from hyponatremia from drinking only water to replenish themselves. If possible, find a sports drink like Lucozade or, if no other solutions are available, add a pinch of salt to the occasional glass of water.
Source: https://checkit.wien/media/Checkit_Warnungen_1219_Teil2.pdf
MDMA info: https://psychonautwiki.org/wiki/MDMA

Warning: High Dose — 217mg

Substance: MDMA
Location: Tested in Vienna
Advice: Avoid redosing, stay cool and maintain adequate hydration. Many users will dehydrate through sweat, but sweating also sheds electrolytes and some users have suffered from hyponatremia from drinking only water to replenish themselves. If possible, find a sports drink like Lucozade or, if no other solutions are available, add a pinch of salt to the occasional glass of water.
Source: https://checkit.wien/media/Checkit_Warnungen_1219_Teil2.pdf
MDMA info: https://psychonautwiki.org/wiki/MDMA

Warning: Extremely High Dose — 281mg

Substance: MDMA
Location: Tested in Vienna
Advice: Avoid redosing, stay cool and maintain adequate hydration. Many users will dehydrate through sweat, but sweating also sheds electrolytes and some users have suffered from hyponatremia from drinking only water to replenish themselves. If possible, find a sports drink like Lucozade or, if no other solutions are available, add a pinch of salt to the occasional glass of water.
Source: https://checkit.wien/media/Checkit_Warnungen_1219_Teil2.pdf
MDMA info: https://psychonautwiki.org/wiki/MDMA

Warning: High Dose — 209–221mg

Substance: MDMA
Location: Tested in Zurich
Advice: Avoid redosing, stay cool and maintain adequate hydration. Many users will dehydrate through sweat, but sweating also sheds electrolytes and some users have suffered from hyponatremia from drinking only water to replenish themselves. If possible, find a sports drink like Lucozade or, if no other solutions are available, add a pinch of salt to the occasional glass of water.
Source: https://bit.ly/2RbXlDR
MDMA info: https://psychonautwiki.org/wiki/MDMA

Warning: High Dose — 242mg

Substance: MDMA
Location: Tested in Zurich
Advice: Avoid redosing, stay cool and maintain adequate hydration. Many users will dehydrate through sweat, but sweating also sheds electrolytes and some users have suffered from hyponatremia from drinking only water to replenish themselves. If possible, find a sports drink like Lucozade or, if no other solutions are available, add a pinch of salt to the occasional glass of water.
Source: https://bit.ly/2QOVzdb
MDMA info: https://psychonautwiki.org/wiki/MDMA

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