Mephedrone is a psychoactive drug that temporarily enhances mental function, physical function, or both. It is a synthetic stimulant. It is also called 4-methylmethcathinone (4-MMC), or 4-methylephedrone, and should not be confused with methadone, which is a totally different substance. Street names for mephedrone include meph, MCAT, bubbles, drone, miaow, white magic, and M-smack. Mephedrone is considered a recreational drug. This means that people use it occasionally for enjoyment, and there is no medical justification for its psychoactive effects.
Fast facts about mephedrone
- Mephedrone is a psychoactive, recreational drug that has no medicinal use.
- It is an amphetamine and a cathinone. It is a stimulant and has similar effects to ecstasy.
- It may trigger paranoia, headaches, heart palpitations, damage to the nasal passages, and other health problems.
- Some fatalities have been linked to its use.
Users of mephedrone say that it gives a feeling of stimulation, and that it boosts the following functions:
- the urge to talk
- sex drive
Some say that it makes them feel more confident, talkative, and alert.
People using mephedrone report that the effects of mephedrone last about an hour. They are similar to a combination of ecstasy and cocaine.
Research has indicated that prolonged use of mephedrone can lead to paranoiaTrusted Source, depression, hallucinations, and severe panic attacks, as well as adverse effects on the heart, arteries, and kidneys.
Excessive stimulation of the CNS can lead to headaches, insomnia, and a rapid heartbeat.
People who snort the drug may have nosebleeds and damage to the tissues and structures inside the nose. The drug can cause grinding of the teeth, nausea, vomiting, and a suppressed appetite.
It has also been linked to impotence.