Finding information on research chemicals is challenging. When you search online, the results often lead you to forums where bulk trading occurs. If you happen to chance upon a blog, you will find that it is a broad term that encompasses all types of drugs used exclusively for scientific and medical studies.
As it is originally intended for research, studies regarding these chemicals are considered confidential. Ingestion carries high potential risks and its impact on human health is generally unknown. Most testing procedures for these substances are run in test tubes. This explains why their intended purpose is not widely understood. The downside is, many use these for recreational purposes; calling them designer drugs that leave users on a so-called legal high.
The market for research chemicals grew at an alarming rate in the late 2000’s. This was driven by the introduction of the very first legal substitute for cannabis called Spice. In fact, it far exceeded the demand for other legal substitutes (those of LSD and speed). Since then, awareness of legal highs grew and a renewed interest in developing the next legal drug spread immediately.
The authorities quickly caught up with the trend. Several governments implemented banning of these substances and kept themselves updated on the latest activities of the market. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction is one of the institutions that keep up with the status of new chemicals. Previously, they monitor around 30 to 40 new substances each year. However, as of 2012, the number was raised to around 70 to 80 new substances.
It is difficult to predict what’s next for research chemicals. Chemists can only hope to find breakthrough medicines by developing more of these. For the public, looking for information in blogs and other materials can help them have a better understanding of its original use and the dangers of its abuse.