Designer Drugs

The world of drug abuse evolves every day with the discovery of new compounds and combinations. Here are some new designer drugs that are gaining in popularity:

Bath Salts

This designer drug made headlines by causing a psychotic episode in a few users, which prompted them to attack other people in a zombie-like fashion. The term “bath salts” came from the texture of the drug, its small crystals resemble epsom salts or bathing products. The chemical composition for this type of drug varies but most contain a type of Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), a psychoactive substance with stimulant properties. This drug is still relatively new and little is known about how it affects the body. Bath salts cannot be smelled by detection dogs and basic urinalysis tests cannot identify it. However, hair or urine tests with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry can.


Also known as “fake weed,” spice is being sold as an alternative to marijuana. However, its effects are much more dangerous than that. Spice is usually made up of a few herbal and spice plants and then sprayed with a psychotropic drug that might contain a harmful compound. Teenagers are the largest demographic found to be using spice and it’s popular with them because it is ten times more powerful than marijuana. It also causes vomiting, hallucinations, and agitation. The drug is dangerous but it’s hard to test for and understand because it’s made out of currently legal substances and abusers aren’t cooperative.

designer drugsBromo-DragonFLY

Considered an extremely potent hallucinogen, Bromo-DragonFLY is extremely “psychedelic.” It is related to the phenethylamine family and is said to be only slightly less potent than LSD. Its inception can be traced back to 1998. Bromo-DragonFLY is very dangerous above the prescribed “therapeutic” doses and has been known to cause seizures and vasoconstriction, which leads to necrosis and gangrene.


Also known as 2C-I, it received its name for its reputation of being entactogenic and causing euphoria. Smiles is also a psychedelic drug and can come in either powder or tablet form. At high doses, Smiles can imitate the effects of LSD but at lower doses, users reported a stimulant effect. As of last July, this drug is illegal in the United States. Although unpleasant side effects like nausea and muscle tension have been reported, their incidence seems to be less common than other phenethylamine drugs.

Some of these drugs are comprised of compounds that are not technically illegal and can be for sale at head shops or online, which makes these dangerous drugs shockingly easy to make. At The Genesis Shop, we’re committed to staying ahead of the curve when it comes to drug abuse.

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