The new drug's slick website, which we are also not identifying, boasts to its potential customers: "When the generic cathinone
[Meow Meow] ban came in we thought we may never see another UK legal cathinone
hit the market.
Prof Thomas continued: "Use of new psychoactive substances became increasingly widespread about five years ago, when the use of cathinone
drugs such as methadone became increasingly common.
Five months later, khat ingredients cathine and cathinone
were banned in competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The drug is composed of synthetic chemicals related to cathinone
, an amphetamine-like stimulant found naturally in the khat plant.
occurs naturally in the khat plant, which grows on the Arabian Peninsula and in East Africa.
Mephodrone, also known as 4-methylmethcathinone (4-MMC) or 4-methylephedrone, is a synthetic stimulant drug of the amphetamine and cathinone
The majority of these designer drugs are derived from the parent compound cathinone
, the active ingredient of the plant khat (Catha edulis).
5] While there are more than 40 chemical constituents in khat, the alkaloid called cathinone
is the active principle and responsible for its stimulant effect.
solutions for current and emerging plant-based drugs of abuse from mitragynine; 7-hydroxymitragynine; and hallucinogens such as salvinorin A, mescaline, and bufotenine to natural and designer tryptamines; medicinal and recreational cannabinoids; and stimulants including cathinone
derivatives, ephedrine, caffeine and nicotine.
We were very interested to read the article by Kelly Melvin and David Hourani in the January/February 2014 issue of the West Virginia Medical Journal regarding a case of Datura stramonium ingestion being misdiagnosed as cathinone
Its psychoactive ingredients -- cathinone
and cathine -- are similar to amphetamines but weaker, and can help chewers stay awake and talkative.
It was originally marketed as a plant fertiliser and is derived from cathinone
, a compound found in a plant called Khat.