Designer drugs are specifically made to fit around existing drug laws. These drugs can either be new forms of older illicit drugs or could be completely new chemical formulas that are created to fall outside of the law. The most common designer drugs are created by making a derivative of an existing drug’s chemical structure.
Recent designer drugs, also known as “legal highs,” include substituted cathinones (e.g., mephedrone, methylone, and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, often referred to as “bath salts”); synthetic cannabinoids (SCs; e.g., Spice); and synthetic hallucinogens (25I-NBOMe, or N-bomb). Compound availability has evolved rapidly to evade legal regulation and detection by routine drug testing.
Illicit drugs are staying one step ahead of law enforcement, and users are paying the price.
It seems likely that primitive man wished at times to escape his reality and most probably found some natural drug to facilitate this desire. In fact, abuse of the coca leaf and the opium poppy is thought to have been practiced for at least the last 3400 years (Lathrap 1976; Rosengarten 1969) and the use of peyote may have been known as early as 1000 BC (Schultes 1938; 1940).
f you're looking for a new hobby and get a kick out of taking newly synthesized designer drugs before anyone else in the world, why not become a psychonaut? Sign up and you'll be able to get high on drugs that aren't even regulated yet. Which sounds kind of dumb and very dangerous, but at least won't land you in jail, because you're doing it in the name of "research."
The synthetic drugs are technically not illegal because they don’t fit the roster of compounds that the Department of Drug Enforcement has categorized as illegal.
There has been a surge in the prevalence of new synthetic drugs, because some psychonauts are having them manufactured in China and shipped to the United States, “right to your PO Box,” Grigoriadis said.
Chinese factories are mass producing novel psychoactive substances that mimic banned substances, destined for an eager market in the US and UK.
Designing your own narcotics online isn’t just easy—it can be legal too. How do we know? We did it.
What makes some teens more likely to use and abuse designer drugs?
The increasing legality of marijuana means one thing: Pot is very easy to buy and no longer cool to do. To fill this thrill-void, our country's idiots are turning to insane substances like krokodil, bath salts, jenkum, meow meow and now flakka, transforming into psychotic murder machines in the process. Or so local news would have us believe.
So what makes these drugs so popular?
Perhaps the main reason is that many of them are technically legal. By changing just a couple of molecules that make up a drug, a chemist can create something that's distinct from an illegal drug, making it easier to sell or buy it.