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*Also Known As:* 4MMC, Miaow Miaow, Methedrone, Meph, Meow Meow, MDPV,
M-cat, MC, Mcat, M-smack, Magic, Drone, Bubbles, Charge, White Magic,
Bounce, Plant Food, Miaow, Methylone
WHAT IS IT?
Mephedrone is a stimulant drug belonging to the chemical family of the
‘cathinones’ group of drugs. Cathinones are a group of drugs related to
amphetamine compounds like speed and ecstasy.
It was originally sold over the internet as a ‘legal’ alternative to
drugs like speed, ecstasy and cocaine. To get around the law, dealers often
described mephedrone as plant food, research chemicals or bath salts, and
not for human consumption. Mephedrone was made illegal in 2010.
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE
Cathinone substances such as mephedrone and MCAT come in capsules and
powders and are sometimes mixed with other cathinones and caffeine.
Mephedrone can be found as a fine white, off-white or a yellowish powder.
HOW IT'S TAKEN
Mephedrone is usually snorted or swallowed. It can also be found as
capsules and pills and can be smoked. Much less often, mephedrone is
The effect of mephedrone is often described as a mix between amphetamines,
ecstasy and cocaine. The effects of mephedrone last for about an hour, but
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** Mephedrone **
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Not to be confused with methedrine, methedrone, methadone, methylone,
methcathinone, or ephedrone.
The two enantiomers of mephedrone: The potentially more potent S form is
above the R form.
Systematic (IUPAC) name
administration Oral, insufflation, IV, rectal,^smoking^
Legal status · CA: Schedule I
· DE: Anlage I (Controlled)
· UK: Class B
· US: Schedule I
· See legal status section
CAS Number 1189805-46-6^ N
ATC code none
PubChem CID 29982893
ChemSpider 21485694^ YesY
ChEBI CHEBI:59331^ YesY
Molar mass 177.242 g/mol
· Key:YELGFTGWJGBAQU-UHFFFAOYSA-N^ YesY
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*Mephedrone*, also known as *4-methyl methcathinone* (*4-MMC*) or *4-methyl
ephedrone*, is a synthetic stimulant drug of the amphetamine and cathinone
classes. Slang names include *drone*,^*M-CAT*,^*White Magic*^ and
*meow meow*.^ It is chemically similar to the cathinone compounds found
in the khat plant of eastern Africa. It comes in the form of tablets or a
powder, which users can swallow, snort or inject, producing similar effects
to MDMA, amphetamines and cocaine.
In addition to its stimulant effects, mephedrone produces side effects, of
which teeth grinding is the most common. The metabolism of mephedrone has
been studied in rats and humans and the metabolites can be detected in
urine after usage.
Mephedrone was first synthesised in 1929, but did not become widely known
until it was rediscovered in 2003 at which point it was legal to produce
and possess in many countries. By 2007, mephedrone was reported to be
available for sale on the internet, by 2008 law enforcement
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