Friday, April 1, 2011
What are the Ingredients in Bath Salt?
My friend's cousin went raving on Ivory Wave bath salt last weekend and says it feels kind of like ecstasy and brought back a gram for us all to try. I asked him what it is and he hands me the bag but there's no ingredient list, so I went to there website but it doesn't say either! Can you tell me more about bath salt ingredients and if it's worth the money? Thanks!
Good question, Anonymous. Too bad I can't answer it--at least not in the clear-cut way I would like. Since most brand name "bath salts" don't include an ingredient list on the label, it's impossible to know what's in them without some sort of testing. That said, the term "bath salt" is often used to refer to one or more semi-legal synthetic drugs, the most common of which are listed below:
Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (say that three times fast) is a potent stimulant that's similar in structure to the illegal drug cathinone. Active at doses as low as 2-5 mg, MDPV is an overdose nightmare waiting to happen. Scratch that, a nightmare that already has happened. Potential side effects include rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure, psychosis and appetite loss, with a particular emphasis on psychosis.
Also known by its hardcore street moniker "meow-meow," mephedrone grew to overnight popularity in the UK before being banned in 2010. Its effects are best described as 70% cocaine and 30% ecstasy, with energy and euphoria predominating. This drug has a reputation for compulsive dosing and has been blamed for a few deaths already in the U.S.
AMT, 2C-E, Methoxetamine, etc:
Because the list of semi-legal synthetic drugs is virtually endless, any drug or combination of drugs could be added to bath salt. 2C-E, methoxetamine, methylone, PCP analogues and DOB are a few of the hundreds of chemicals available to knowledgable chemists and unwitting consumers.
While these obscure drugs carry many unknown dangers, other circumstances contribute greatly to their overall potential for harm. Manufacturers and business owners who sell unlabeled bath salt products have as much blood on their hands as chemists who synthesize the stuff. Meanwhile, reporters waste airtime on sensational stories about "methadrone" and similar poppycock without uttering a word about harm reduction or safer use of bath salts.
So how can you assess the risks of a drug if you don't know what it is? The answer is that you can't. What you can do is stay far away from unlabeled "bath salts" and encourage your friends to do the same. If you're curious about synthetic drugs, do some independent research first. If you still insist on trying them after you know the risks, only use substances that are pure, clearly labeled and come from a trusted source. (Which doesn't include your local Quick-E-Mart cashier).
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