Legal stimulants are drugs which are not prohibited by drug laws. These are the substances whose medical value has been authenticated by scientific studies and have been allowed to use for pure medical indications. However, their recreational uses have outweighed other applications for which they are intended. Various compounds (e.g. dextromorphan, pseudoephedrine, codeine etc) are used in medicines and are extracted by way of chemical processing to get a hold of their pure form and use it for getting a high. A lot of people who don’t have access to such extraction techniques, frequently abuse the medicine itself; it is common to see people wolfing down the cough syrups and opioid analgesic tablets to get stimulation and psychedelic high.
List of Top Legal Stimulants
8. Synthetic Cannabinoids
Legal Stimulants – An Overview
A mild stimulant used most commonly via coffee, tea, and soft drinks.
- Caffeine has a direct effect on the brain. Its reasonable quantities can rapidly sharpen the senses, minimize drowsiness and fatigue, provide quick energy, improve muscular and mental efforts, and provide a high level of clarity and alertness.
- Caffeine, a member of the xanthine family, is a cheap, legal drug that comes from natural plant sources such as coffee beans and kola nuts. It acts as -a powerful central-nervous system stimulant, with first effects generally appearing thirty to sixty minutes after ingestion.
Psychoactive drug most commonly found in tobacco products.
- Scientific studies suggest that Brief exposure to low levels of nicotine not only boosts the brain’s ‘reward’ system but also blocks a rival system that limits the duration of such rewards.
- In response to nicotine, the nerve cells release a chemical signal called glutamate, which tells connected neurons to release dopamine. The more these nerve cells are excited, the more dopamine is released and the more pleasant the feeling.
- Nicotine is used in the form of smoking, tobacco chewing, nicotine patch, nicotine gum etc.
A phenylethylamine that is a precursor to amphetamine, slightly similar effects. Anecdotal reports have suggested that ephedrine helps studying, thinking, or concentrating to a greater extent than caffeine. Students and professionals have been known to use ephedrine (or Ephedra-containing herbal supplements) for this purpose, as well as some professional athletes and weightlifters.
Mephedrone, also known as 4-methylmethcathinone (4-MMC), or 4-methylephedrone, is asynthetic stimulant and entactogen drug of the amphetamine and cathinone classes.
- It comes in the form of tablets or a powder, which users can swallow, snort or inject, producing similar effects to MDMA, amphetamines, and cocaine.
- A survey in 2009, found that it was the fourth most popular street drug in the United Kingdom, behind cannabis, cocaine, and ecstasy.
- Users have reported that mephedrone causes euphoria, stimulation, an enhanced liking and appreciation for music, an elevated mood, decreased hostility, improved mental function, ability to touch the sound and listen to the colors and mild sexual stimulation.
MDAI is known to induce feelings of euphoria a sense of intimacy with others and diminished anxiety dubbed the love drug it is one of the most widely used drugs for recreational purposes and is taken in a variety of contexts far removed from it original use in a psychotherapeutic environment.
6-(2-aminopropyl)benzofuran (6-APB) is thought to be a stimulant and entactogen drug and chemically, it is of the phenethylamine and amphetamine classes.
- When used as a recreational drug, 6-APB is most commonly referred to as “benzo fury” due to the “benzofuran” functional group it contains.
- It is capable of producing immense psychedelic effects and its trip is usually a long one.
Betel nut actually comes from the areca palm tree, which is native to southeast Asia. The nut is chewed by people throughout the region, often while it is wrapped in betel leaf.
- The most common use for betel nut is recreational, often as part of social gatherings.
- Betel nut and betel leaf are known to increase the mental stimulation and produce a pleasant sensation that enhances the concentration and alertness.
- The aphrodisiac quality of betel nuts does not result from a direct effect upon one’s sexual organs. Rather, it is due to the stimulating properties of the drug, its elevation of mood, and a general increase in the chewer’s available energy.
It is the common name of ‘Pseudoephedrine’ commonly used in nasal decongestants and antihistaminic combinations. It is a common constituent of various cough syrups and medically also used in priapism. Pseudoephedrine can be used as a mild stimulant; it has a known history of frequent use for truck drivers as a means of staying awake.
It can also be used in the manufacturing of meth, so many stores selling products with pseudoephedrine usually limit its sale and the age at which it can be purchased. In higher dosages, it can cause very strong paranoid psychosis.
It has excellent mood elevating and mind stimulating properties and has been used in a variety of energy drinks. Taurine is a natural constituent of body that regulates sleep, mood, concentration, focus and energy expenditure; when it is taken artificially it literally switches on the body’s energy stores and immense mental and psychic stimulation occurs.
Salvia divinorum is a psychoactive plant which can induce dissociative effects and hallucinations which may last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes.
- It is commonly reported that there is a threshold dose, below which the plant likely won’t produce any effects in the user, so a high dose is sometimes required.
- It has been linked to long usage as an entheogen by the indigenous Mazatec shamans for healing during spirit journeys.
Ergots are parasitic fungi of the genus Claviceps that infect grains and grasses. Ergots produce hallucinogenic substances, but also alkaloids that have negative effects on the circulatory and nervous systems.
People often experience vivid hallucinations with ergot usage. The other symptoms are very much like those of modern psychedelic drugs such as nervousness, physical and mental excitement, insomnia and disorientation. People have been observed to perform strange dances with wild, jerky movements accompanied by unrestrained hopping, leaping and screaming. They would dance compulsively until exhaustion lead them to collapse unconscious.
Dextromethorphan is an antitussive (cough-suppressant) drug found in many over-the-counter cold and cough medicines. When taken at doses higher than are medically recommended, dextromethorphan is classified as a dissociative hallucinogenic drug. It can produce a wide range of psychedelic sensations that can last for days.
A very few have had such intense side effects from DXM that their first trip lands them in the hospital. DXM is not a quick and easy buzz, and getting good results with it can be hard, sometimes unpleasant work.
It must never be combined with Yohimbine as that causes permanent brain damage rapidly.
It is an excellent opiate to start experimenting with. It is normally used as analgesic agent, in cough syrups to suppress bouts of cough and is also indicated in diarrhea. Although the euphoria is not as intense as that experienced with the stronger opiates, the euphoria can still be quite intense. It also must be noted that like most other drugs, some experience is required before the full effects can be noticed and enjoyed.
These substances are most commonly found in incense products most commonly used for smoking, and are legal in most (but not all) circumstances. Some commonly known names are Rasta Weed, Spice and Herbal Incense. Some of them are as potent (if not more) than THC, the main psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana: JWH-018, JWH-200, JWH-081, JWH-210, JWH-073, HU-210, CP 47,497.
Users of synthetic cannabinoids have reported ongoing psychotic symptoms, including auditory and visual hallucinations, paranoid delusions, odd or flat affect, thought blocking, disorganized speech, thoughts of suicide, insomnia, slowed reaction times, agitation and anxiety.
Datura species (especially Datura stramonium and Datura wrightii) aka Jimsonweed, Gabriel’s Trumpet and Carlos Castenada’s “devil’s weed” are common poisonous weeds in the Nightshade Family. They contain tropane alkaloids that are sometimes used as a hallucinogen. The active ingredients are atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine which are classified as deliriants, or anticholinergics.
Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine and a sedative and is available over the counter for allergy relief and for use as a sleep aid. Recreational users take many times (>250 mg) the therapeutic dose to achieve a state of delusional delirium.
Kava: Kava (Piper methysticum) is an ancient crop of the western Pacific. The onset of a moderate potency kava drink is 20–30 minutes, with effects usually lasting for two hours but effects can be felt up to eight hours after ingestion.
It is a renowned stimulant and has been used since ages for its mood enhancing effects. Legends are there regarding its strong sexual healing powers.
A solvent sedative used medically as an anesthetic and recreationally for its effects similar to alcohol. It is more potent than alcohol and has less “hang over” effect. It is generally legal due its wide use as lab chemical and solvent for industry.
Nitrous oxide: Also known as “Laughing Gas”. One of the most common inhalants, the ‘high’ can be extremely intense, often causing the user to laugh uncontrollably and producing a dissociative (or ‘spaced out’) sensation, but this usually lasts for less than a minute.
Also known as Poppers. Nitrites include Amyl, Butyl, Methyl, Isopropol, Isobutal, Ethyl, Alkyl and the newer “US” formula containing Cyclohexyl Nitrite (the only nitrite to not currently require a prescription). Originally used as anti-anginal heart medication to lower blood pressure and even as an antidote to Cyanide Poisoning. Combination with Nitrous Oxide is referred to as ‘Space Surfing’ because of the intense synergistic effect of the two inhalants.
Non-opiate herbal drug native to Southeast Asia. The leaves are used as an opiate substitute, and around the world for opiate addiction recovery because it binds to the mu opioid receptors as all opioids do. It is also used as a stimulant (in low doses).