2C-E: What is it?
|Jon Hanna, Erowid|
|Alexander Shulgin developed and wrote about the 2C family.|
Before yesterday, the average Minnesotan had probably never heard of it.
But the 2C chemical family was developed in the 1970s and '80s by Alexander Shulgin, a psychopharmacologist known for popularizing Ecstasy.
It has never been blamed as a cause of death--before yesterday.
In his book, PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story, Shulgin summarizes his own experience with Europa at different doses. Here's what 16 mg felt like:
There was a strange devil-angel pairing. As I was being told of the ecstatic white-light ascent of my partner into the God-space of an out-of-body experience, I was fighting my way out of a brown ooze...For me it was the 4th of July, rather than Easter!
|The molecular structure of 2C-E.|
Though many of its cousin drugs have been criminalized--such as 2C-B and 2C-T-7--Europa is legal in the U.S., and can be bought online as a "research chemical."
It is illegal in a number of other countries, including New Zealand, Japan, and Denmark. In 2002, the United Kingdom classified Europa as a Class-A illegal substance.
Here's another personal account, via Erowid:
And yes, it was impressively visual. I was more impressed with the non-aesthetic effects of 2C-E, but even still the visuals are nothing that can be dismissed. I had very thick lasting trails, it didn't seem all "multiples frames", if I moved my arm trough the air it would seem as though my hand were leaving solid impressions of itself behind.
|Europa is legal in the United States, and is often marketed as a "research chemical."|
In Minnesota, law enforcement agents say they don't have much (if any) experience with 2C-E specifically, but there seems to be a rise in similar synthetic, legal drugs.
"These analog type drugs are kind of becoming more and more of a problem," says Anoka County Sheriff commander Paul Sommer, whose department is handling the case in Blaine. "We haven't specifically dealt with anything of this magnitude."
Continuing Coverage of 2C-E