β-Keto-1,3-benzodioxolyl-N-ethylbutanamine (Eutylone, bk-EBDB, N-Ethylbutylone) is a stimulant and empathogenic compound developed in the 1960s, which has been reported as a novel designer drug, first being reported to the EMCDDA in 2014 but becoming widespread internationally in 2019-2020 following bans on the related compound ephylone.
Ethylone is a synthetic cathinone which is a category of drugs related to the naturally occurring khat plant. Ethylone is also an empathogen, which means it increases an individual’s feeling of empathy and compassion toward others. Its effects are similar to other stimulant and empathogenic drugs such as MDMA, cocaine and amphetamines.
Effects of ethylone
There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk. It’s important to be careful when taking any type of drug.
Ethylone can affect everyone differently, based on:
- the amount taken
- a person’s size, weight and health
- whether the person is used to taking it
- whether other drugs are taken around the same time
- the strength of the drug (which can vary from batch to batch).
Depending on the amount taken, the following effects may be experienced and may last up to four hours:
- increased energy
- heightened senses (sight, hearing and touch)
- feelings of empathy and openness
- increased sociability
- decreased inhibition
- sexual arousal.
Higher doses may result in the following adverse effects:
- anxiety and paranoia
- aggressive or violent behaviour
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- sweating and hot flushes
- nausea and vomiting.