You may have heard of a drug called NBOMe, also known as 25I or Cimbi-5. You may even have been offered it at a club or gig with promises of a wildly fun hallucinogenic trip, like a cheaper version of LSD. It’s sold as either a liquid which you put in your nose or mouth, or on blotting paper which is held under the tongue.
This drug is actually a derivative of phenethylamine, and acts on the 5HT2A receptor in the human brain. It is incredibly potent and its effects can be severe. It promises hallucinations and feelings of euphoria. Let’s have a think about that. Hallucinations actually mean seeing and hearing things that aren’t actually there – things that can be quite scary or even frankly terrifying. People have died from running into trees and traffic whilst trying to escape a hallucinogenic apparition, and there is a case of someone who took this drug thinking they could fly and ended up jumping to their death from a tall building.
Users can experience fast heart rate, hyperthermia, confusion, nausea and vomiting, paranoia, panic, muscle stiffening, seizures and death. There have actually been a number of deaths in Australia clearly caused by this drug. It is very easy to overdose on it, especially in the liquid form, as it is so strong, and its effects can last up to 12 hours.
This drug can cause a severe and potentially life-threatening situation called serotonin syndrome if combined with common antidepressants. You really don’t want this to happen to you! Oh and it’s explicitly banned in QLD and NSW so possession of it will land you a police charge. A few good reasons to stay away from this one, I believe!