What’s In My Baggie?

Be careful Burners. That Molly might be Bath Salts.

“Molly is the moonshine of today”. As the documentary shows, what people think they’re taking, may not be what they’re really consuming at all.

need lsdA recent Reddit thread discussed how a Burner thought she was taking a lazy 3 hits of LSD at once, but it turned out to be designer drug 2C-C-NBOMe – an invention of the late Burner/Bohemian Grover Sasha Shulgin. She flipped out big time, and had to be restrained to a stretcher and treated at the medical tent. According to Reddit, BMOrg had “compassionate and academic medical staff on hand, with a chromatograph mass spectrometer no less”. They were able to analyze was in the drugs, which led to a medical paper being written for the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Case Report: A 24 yo female was found to be tachycardic, tachypneic and with agitated delirium after drinking wine, smoking marijuana and ingesting 3 blotter paper doses of what she thought was lysergic acid diethylamide. She thought she was being attacked by invisible assailants. She was transported from her campsite to an on-site field hospital by emergency medical personnel, where she was treated with intravenous normal saline and lorazepam with complete recovery within 10 hours. Leftover blotter paper samples were analyzed using Agilent Liquid Chromatograph-Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (LC1200-TOF/MS 6230). The primary compound detected was 2C-C-NBOMe, with a smaller amount of 2C-I-NBOMe also present…

just lying around in the Medical Tent.

just lying around in the Medical Tent?

Use of designer drugs is increasing, as evidenced by the well-documented rise of synthetic cannabinoids (herbal incense, spice, K2) and synthetic cathinones (bath salts) in Europe and the United States, the pervasiveness of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) in pop culture, and the constant detection of novel compounds with high resolution mass spectrometry techniques. The 2C class of psychedelic phenethylamines was first synthesized by Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin in the 1970s and 1980s. They are 5HT2 receptor agonists with variable receptor activity. Although 2C-I and 2C-B are both 5HT2A receptor agonists, 2C-I also has a high affinity to 5HT2C). Sold as “research chemicals”…

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A 24-year-old Caucasian female with no significant past medical history was screaming in her tent while camping at Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, USA. She was agitated and confused, under the impression that she was being attacked. On initial evaluation, her HR was 140 bpm with RR 32 per minute. Her pupils were dilated to 5 mm and her skin was moist and hot to the touch. She was not oriented to person, place or time. Per her boyfriend, earlier that evening she drank wine and smoked marijuana. Thirty minutes prior to evaluation, she ingested 3 doses of “acid” on blotter paper. She had taken acid (lysergic acid diethylamide, LSD) many times in the past without adverse effect. After brief assessment, paramedics physically restrained her to a gurney and transported her via ambulance to the on-site field hospital. Overnight, she was treated with intravenous normal saline boluses and 2 mg intravenous lorazepam, making a full recovery within 10 hours. The following day, she had complete amnesia to the events that had transpired and was otherwise asymptomatic. Seven other people had ingested single doses from the same blotter paper that evening, but none had similar adverse effects. No one had taken more than one dose. All users had received the drug for free from one supplier. A leftover drug sample was obtained from the supplying party, who had obtained it directly from the producer and was under the impression that it was “25C,” telling the patient that the drug was not acid, but “like acid.”

The American Journal of Emergency Medicine Volume issue 2014 – The electric Kool-Aid NBOMe test

However hardcore you think you are, it’s never a good idea to triple-drop. Especially with something you’ve never done before. Triple the drugs doesn’t mean triple the fun. “But they said it was like acid, I’ve done acid before” – that’s not how drugs work. Maybe if they were decriminalized and regulated, all acid would be the same – but even then “this is like acid”, is not the same as “this new thing you’ve never tried is identical to something else you’ve done before”.

People are handing out free designer drugs at Burning Man, and Burners are getting greedy, and getting into trouble. Who wants to go to a party, and end up as a case study in a medical journal? Or beating off in the cop shop?

Although they say “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”, I think “know what you’re taking before you take three of it” is better. Safety trumps politeness. Dancesafe sell testing kits here.

14 comments on “What’s In My Baggie?

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  6. burnersxxx,
    Perhaps it is time to reconsider if you should really be printing your interpretations of comments posted in sources like reddit or a blog as fact or news.
    They didn’t and (c)wouldn’t have CMS on playa.
    Cops and Real Hospitals don’t have it.
    That doesn’t mean someone couldn’t test it later, as that kind of equipment (which takes weeks and 10’s of $1000’s just to set up, and costs $100,000’s) is available in research chemistry labs, material science labs, contract labs, and some larger universities, etc…
    There are people who know people that can get it done, but not on playa. The org can’t be in a position to even test a sample with a standard kit.

    Please consider the potential implications of spreading unverified and ultimately false information like that.

    • What are the potential implications of it? What difference does it make where it was thoroughly tested, when it was in fact thoroughly tested?

      • Exactly! “Oh, the implications”…what frikking implications? Why isn’t he concerned about the implications that people are handing out free designer drugs, straight from the manufacturer?

        At least I provide links to where the information is coming from. Readers can decide for themselves what they want to get out of the story.

  7. Can confirm. A campmate gave me something that was “like mushrooms” one Burn. He had be talking me up to it all year long, had done it many times and had told me it was the best psychedelic he’d ever tried.

    Never again. I got sick to my stomach, couldn’t walk, could barely talk. Had to lie in camp in the fetal that night while all of my friends went out. Sure I was tripping to high heaven, but I have never had such a conflicting experience where my body felt like it was completely poised while my mind was flying a million miles an hour. Luckily the trip was only a couple of hours and I was able to gather myself after a while and go out.

    Bottom line: Don’t take any substance you are not acquainted with on the Playa first time. Experiment with lots of things at Burning Man, but not new substances.

  8. A few thoughts:

    1. The NBOME compounds are more closely associated with Dave Nichols lab than Shulgin’s,though it appears the original synthesis was by Ralf Heim.

    2. I have read the original article. They do not mention the chromatograph being on site at Burning Man, which would be an unlikely site to bring a very expensive and phenomenally complicated analytic machine, especially given that most of the substances that are ingested at Burning Man have no specific antidote.

    3. “Bath salts” as a term usually refers to synthetic cathinones rather than the NBOME compounds.

    • Thanks Dain. The science of this is a little over my head. I got the impression the machine was on-site from this comment on Reddit:

      “Having such compassionate and academic medical staff on hand, with a chromatograph mass spectrometer no less, turned this negative experience into a valuable learning lesson through excellent documentation.”

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