Methedrone

Methedrone

Para-methoxymethcathinone

Cathinone

Methedrone is a recreational drug of the cathinone chemical class, sometimes referred to as “bath salts.” Chemically, methedrone is closely related to para-methoxymethamphetamine (PMMA), methylone, and mephedrone.

4-methoxymethcathinone, bk-PMMA, PMMC, Methoxyphedrine, 4-MeOMC

Methedrone’s psychological effects include stimulation, psychotic behavior, paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, and self-injury. There is very little known of the physical effects of methedrone in humans, but there have been some studies to the effects of methedrone in animals. Studies to the effects of Methedrone in mice show that Methedrone produces a significant increase in circling, beam breaks, and hyperactivity. Furthermore, the mice also showed a significant increase in salivation, head weaving, and stimulation.

The synthesis of methedrone was first reported in 1933. Methedrone received media attention in 2009 after the death of two young Swedish men, where toxicology analysis showed methedrone as the only drug present during the time of their overdose and subsequent deaths. Methedrone is currently a legal drug in many jurisdictions, however studies show that it shares major pharmacological properties with drugs that have been banned, such as mephedrone and methylone.

Oral, Snorted, Smoked, Injected