Methcathinone (Cat, Star, Jeff, Mulka, Goob, the C)

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Illegal Drugs:  Information About Methcathinone

Street names:  Cat, Star, Jeff, Mulka, Goob, the C

Drug Classification: Methcathinone is a Schedule I drug in the US and is illegal to produce, sell, or posses without a DEA license.

General Drug Information About Methcathinone

Methcathinone is stimulant drug that has structural similarities to methamphetamine and cathinone, a psychoactive ingredient of the khat plant. It was originally researched in the Soviet Union as an antidepressant, later becoming a popular recreational drug in the US.

It is produced in small, low-quality or clandestine laboratories using over the counter medications and chemicals. The drug comes as a white or off-white crystalline powder that is water-soluble and can be snorted, injected intravenously, or consumed orally, as in a drink. Snorting is the most common route of administration, though it can also be smoked.

Methcathinone produces similar effects to those of amphetamine or ephedrine. It does not cross the blood-brain barrier as readily as methamphetamine, making it a less potent chemical. But it is still a strong stimulant, and users will feel a rush of stimulation and energy, along with euphoria, mood lift, and increased sexual desire.

Drug Side Effects

Side effects include increased heart rate and blood pressure, increased body temperature, dehydration and sweating, lightheadedness, headache, and confusion. The risk of paranoia or anxiety appears to be higher with methcathinone than with other stimulants that induce confidence and aggression (such as methamphetamine), though these feelings are more typical of the start of an experience and tend to subside.

The drug has been described as not as “serious” as methamphetamine, making users more interested in minor or irrelevant things all around them rather than alert and focused. “Hangover” effects may also be experienced the day following use, and may include irritability, headache, stomach problems, and insomnia. These vary especially according to the drugs purity and care taken in preparation.

Abuse, Addition, Withdrawal

Long-term abuse of methcathinone can result in depression, paranoia, insomnia, and anxiety disorders. It may also produce psychosis with hallucinations and delusions. Methcathinone is very addictive, both physically and mentally. While withdrawal tends to consist of hopelessness and sadness along with physical fatigue, serious addicts may experience physical tremors or convulsions and should receive medical attention.