The use of illegal drugs is one of the pressing concerns of governments across nations. The impacts of drug abuse have long been a major issue in politics, economics, and even family life. While this is the case, the alarming reality stands—there is an increasing number of substances being sold, causing an increased number of drug users.
Drug abuse incidents are on the rise, causing negative impacts to communities. Crimes, for instance, have long been connected to drug abuse.
One of the latest party drugs is known as “N-Bomb”, a dangerous hallucinogen that could be fatal in the process.
Fast Facts About N-Bomb
N-Bomb (or NBOMe) is the common name for synthetic hallucinogens (25I-NBOMe, 25C-NBOMe, and 25B-NBOMe). The drug was discovered by Ralf Heim, a chemist at the Free University of Berlin in Germany. It is classified under the 2C family of phenethylamines (PEA), a class of highly potent drugs.
2C PEA, a drug prepared in laboratories in the 1970s, was useful in scientific experiments and observations of the brain activities of rats. It was observed that 2C PEA had hallucinogenic effects on rats, similar to the mind-altering conditions caused by Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD).
N-Bomb is an alternative drug to LSD, or other types of hallucinogens. It is derived from mescaline, a naturally occurring substance in peyote cactus. Of the three known types of N-Bomb, 25I-NBOMe is said to be the type that is most commonly abused, and is considered to have the most powerful effect on users.
The drug is packaged in various forms: liquid (as a spray), powder, or in paper form known as “tabs” or “blotters”.
N-Bomb belongs to substances that share a core phenethylamine structure. These substances react with serotonin receptors in the nervous system.
Other Names of the Killer Designer Drug
To date, the N-Bomb (scientific name: phenethylamine) is considered as one of the deadliest designer drugs. Just so you know, here are the other names of this drug:
- Bom-25-CI or Cimbi-5
- Legal Acid
- New Nexus
- Smiley Paper
Why Is It Being Abused?
Like any other drugs, N-Bomb is abused for a number of common reasons: to relieve stress, to escape from pain, to experiment, to fit in, to rebel, and to do something out of boredom.
Specifically, N-Bomb, a potent hallucinogen, works as a drug that changes the users’ way of seeing or feeling things. Just a tiny amount of this drug can cause significant changes in how a person’s senses work. This is probably the most common reason why the drug (or any other types of hallucinogen) is abused—it gives the user a feeling of intense elation and euphoria, an incredible sensation of “high”.
Hallucinations make a person feel that the imaginary is one’s reality. The senses go wilder, making you feel that you are mentally stimulated and powerful. Your consciousness, then, becomes more sensitive to the things that are happening. Furthermore, N-bomb has a relaxing effect on the user, causing the person to get more addicted in the substance each time, as the user considers it to be helpful in well-being and social life.
It is said that online dealers of the drug would market it through false advertising, attaching appealing phrases that would make people believe that the drug is safe, legal, and natural. This party drug, as they claim it, would provide the users a different kind of high that feels new, amazing, and wonderful.
This false advertising sparks curiosity, especially among those who are pressured by their peers to try it. The wrong information fed by dealers is the beginning of the interest to try it to experience their claims. In effect, it gets harder and harder for users to take the urge to say no, because before they know it, they are already addicted to the drug.
People rely on the use of this kind of drug, thinking that they would be saved from their problems. They fail to realize that drugs worsen the problems they are running from and create more issues,thereby affecting their health, family, career, and even their relationships.
Effects of N-Bomb
Earning the dub as the killer designer drug, N-Bomb brings about a large number of negative effects in the human body. Among these effects include nausea, loss of consciousness, muscle spasms, rapid heart rate, inability to experience physical pain, extreme high blood pressure, severe fever, seizures, high white cell count, and high acidity level in the body.
Mental effects of N-Bomb include paranoia, frequent confusion, severe auditory and visual hallucinations, agitation, difficulty of communicating and insomnia, memory loss, psychosis, irritability and worsened mood swings, violence, and schizophrenia.
In extreme cases, illnesses attributed to the use of the drug include kidney failure, heart attack, respiratory failure, and bleeding in the brain bleeding.
These symptoms are hard to recover from, because this drug is so potent that it takes a long time before the body can excrete the amount taken in. There are cases wherein long-term abusers of this drug resort to suicide because of severe, long-term hallucinations causing wild, distorted beliefs.
It should be emphasized that all these negative effects in the body may lead to comatose, that may later on lead to death.
Drug abuse, especially those substances that are highly potent, can lead to serious problems other than on one’s health and well-being. Strong addiction distorts the normal processes and functions of the brain and of the other body systems, leading to poor performance in the areas of career and relationships.
Detection and Testing of N-Bomb
Symptoms of the early stage of N-Bomb addiction include the following: rapid eye movement, dilated pupils, irregularities in the body temperature, loss of appetite, and impaired motor skills, among others.
If these symptoms are observed, be informed that there are several ways to detect drug abuse. N-Bomb, like other hallucinogens, can be traced through hair follicle testing, urine testing, and thin layer chromatography. These methods are highly recommended for most types of drugs listed under “party drugs”. Below are brief descriptions of these methods:
- Hair follicle drug testing is a forensic analysis that has the capacity to detect possible drug abuse in longer spans of time. At an average, this method can detect drug abuse in the past ninety days. In the absence of hair strands in the head, other body hair may be used for testing.
- Urine drug testing is known as one of the most common methods for drug substance detection. It has the ability to detect not only the presence of drug substances in the system, but also the presence of alcohol. Urine, as a body’s discharge, is a good medium to detect the presence of illicit substances in the body.
- Thin layer chromatography is usually used to find out if drinks in a given event (e.g. alcoholic drinks served during parties, or non-alcoholic drinks given to an unknowing victim) contain party drugs such as N-Bomb. This method is considered as one of the most common separating techniques of mixture composition in chemistry as it allows the detection of possible various substances, regardless of the percentage composition in the mixture or molecular size.
Treatment of N-Bomb Addiction
Hallucinogen addiction does not have any pharmacological treatments. Once you find out that someone you know is engaged in N-bomb addiction, make sure that the person is given the right amount of time and attention to distract the person from giving in to his or her urge to use the drug one more time.
Family members of a person who has developed addiction should be patient enough in the process because recovering from the use of drugs, specifically of the use of hallucinogens, is not easy at all. Hallucinogen addicts have the worst mood swings, and so the family’s patience is really needed.
It is highly recommended that people who have N-bomb addiction be enrolled in rehabilitation program to help them overcome their difficulty. Because hallucinogens act on serotonin – a neurotransmitter of nerve impulses – sedation would usually be needed to calm the patient. Specialized facilities in this drug rehabilitation will determine the types of activities that can help divert the addiction to something useful and productive such as painting, dancing, and other forms of arts and physical activities.
N-Bomb causes a large number of negative impacts in the body. To think that it is beneficial is a bad idea for the reason that it disrupts the normal mental processes, and even those of the other body systems. While others may survive the ill effects of the drug, others may still experience its effects that may even lead to death.
What should be emphasized here is that no amount of curiosity can ever rationalize one’s interest to try something that can cause serious harm.
It is not a terrible idea to have fun every once in a while. However, the type of “fun” you wish to try and get yourself into should be well thought of. Doing drugs opens doors for bigger problems; and while some may see drugs in a positive light at first because of the feeling of “high” they cause, the long-term effects still do not get cancelled out in the process.
Simply put, illicit drugs are dangerous to health. These substances poison the body organs, causing a person to develop a large number of illnesses that may also be fatal.
Like any other advice we can give to people who have acquired a strong urge to try doing drugs, it is always best to inform yourself of the negative impacts drugs may cause. After all, it is your own body that will suffer the consequences in the long run, and not the people who pushed you to try a different kind of party, which will later probably change your life forever—albeit in a negative way.
Just because you see others do an act does not mean you should also try it with them. Learn how to protect yourself from inherent dangers by choosing the peers you spend most of your time with.