These are chemical variations of amphetamines, also known as substituted amphetamines. These so-called “designer drugs” are stimulants. When used, substituted amphetamines may have mood altering effects and may produce hallucinations. Large doses or chronic abuse may result in stimulant psychosis, a psychotic state which includes delusions and thought disorder.

DOM is chemically 4-Methyl-2, 5-dimethoxyamphetamine was introduced into the San Francisco drug scene in the late 1960s, and was nicknamed STP, acronym for “Serenity, Tranquility, and Peace.”

DOB is 4-bromo-2, 5-dimethoxyamphetamine

MDA is 3, 4-methylenedioxyamphetamine, similar to MDMA or Ecstasy. MDA is linked to the destruction of serotonin-producing neurons, which play a direct role in regulating aggression, mood, sexual activity, sleep, and pain sensitivity. It is also nicknamed the “Love Drug”.

Substituted amphetamines, such as DOM, DOB and MDA, can be taken orally or nasally. They are most often found in either powder or pill form. Because they are produced illegally in clandestine laboratories, they are seldom pure. The dosage amount in a capsule or tablet and the quality of the substance is likely to vary considerably.

These drugs differ from one another in their potency, speed of onset, duration of action and their capacity to modify mood with or without producing overt hallucinations.

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