The Benzofury family

You must have heard of the word benzofury if you have a bit of knowledge about the world of drugs. Well if you are just hearing of it for the first time, I suggest you read through the article. Benzofury is just a public name it is given (it is what it is popularly known as), it is scientifically known as 6-(2-aminopropyl)benzofuran or 6-APB. What is called benzofury is the combination of 6-APB and other compounds like 5-APB. In a nutshell, benzofury is a product or drug which comes as tablets containing 6-APB and 5-APB compounds respectively. They are considered to be legal highs in the newspapers.

Like I said earlier, benzofury was considered to be a research chemical or legal high. It is now banned in the UK and is termed illegal together with other legal highs such as ecstasy. Even with the ban, benzofury is still used in the club and abused by people. It can be sold to the public in different forms such as gel capsule, pill, powder form, pellets, tablets and so on. The most popular is the one in tablet form, the ones in powdered form are sold with the use of the 6-APB as its name. Benzofury is popularly taken by oral, you can swallow the pills and capsules or mix it in a drink or wrap the powder in a smoking paper (rizla). There is also another way of consuming this product but it is very rare, the powder can be snorted through the nose. It is labeled as a Class B drug and this means that if you have it, buy it or sell it you are breaking the law. You could get up to 5 years prison sentence for just having it on you and 14 years prison sentence for supplying it to your friends.  

People who have made use of these drugs have reported certain effects and they include;

  • Empathy,
  • Increased energy,
  • Hallucinations,
  • Feelings of excitement,
  • Euphoria and so on.

It also comes with physical effects which turns out to be unpleasant sometimes, they include;

  • Chest pains,
  • Liver damage,
  • Nausea,
  • Headaches,
  • Increased heart rate
  • Urinating becomes difficult

Mental side effects include;

  • Anxiety,
  • Paranoia,
  • Panic,
  • Confusion,
  • Poor concentration  
  • Short term memory.

The time frame it takes benzofury to kick in after being consumed orally is about 2-3. From the point users, it is estimated that the effects of benzofury can last of to 14 hours and the consumer can feel the after-effect for 24 hours or more depending on the dose (it is just like alcohol). Sleeping will become difficult during this time and the person would feel tired.  

Constant consumption of benzofury will lead to addiction. Ecstasy is similar to benzofury and they are both very addictive as they share the same compounds. The most successful treatment for benzofury addiction is residential rehabilitation. It has been used many times to help people who were addicted to this drug. Different therapies and treatments like medically assisted detoxification are what addicts receive at the rehab.

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