As the UK’s new drug strategy recently hit the street, and I am trying to form an opinion, I wanted to include for people a link to what i think is a very informative website on legal/illegal highs. Or rather, on psychoactives. Here, the writer speaks about Ivory Wave and what occurred in legal high land after the banning of mephedrone (etc) in April this year. I will be posting a few thoughts on the UKs new drug strategy in the next couple of days. NOTE: The text below comes from the author of a very informative website /blog I’ve discovered called Synchronium which has good quality info as well as general chat on psychoactives, especially legal highs and other issues pertaining to drugs, pharmacology, legislation & science. Hopefully the author might agree to write something on the legal high subject for our magazine!
“Ivory Wave has been around for at least a year, and before that, it was called Vanilla Sky. Guess what? It’s always been notoriously dodgy. In a quest to pump out the strongest ever “party powder”, its makers sacrificed safety for a marketing angle.
Earlier this year, the Irish government had a number of legal highs analysed including Ivory Wave and found that it contained MDPV – (methylenedioxypyrovalerone), and lidocaine. Lidocaine is a local anaesthetic, added to numb your nose, both to dull the pain of snorting the other stuff and to make it more like cocaine. This isn’t news though – a load of similar products around before the cathinone ban contained it. MDPV on the other hand is worrying.
A typical dose of mephedrone or similar analogue for a new user would be around 50 – 100mg, while a typical dose of MDPV is around the 5 – 10mg mark. Sure, at that dose, the effects of MDPV don’t seem like much compared to mephedrone et al, but when people are used to cheap cocaine or the majority of similar legal highs, they rack up their usual sized line and hoover up far more than an equivalent dose of MDPV. As a consequence, users were frequently terrified and unable to sleep for days on end. Well done, Ivory Wave, you truly are the strongest!
MDPV appears to be a dopamine and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor, delivering plenty of stimulation but little in the way of euphoria. The vast majority of similar products available before April’s cathinone ban contained either mephedrone (4-methylmethcathinone) or a fluorinated analogue such as 3-fluoroumethcathinone. While these were also very stimulating, they delivered a much loved euphoria as well, so why would the makers of Ivory Wave depart from the norm and go for a subjectively worse compound instead? Because they just weren’t potent enough enough to earn Ivory Wave its reputation as the strongest legal high available.”
To read the rest of this article on the website follow this link.