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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324770/a-non-fatal-intoxication-and-seven-deaths-involving-the-dissociative-drug-3-meo-pcp
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Anna Johansson, Daniel Lindstedt, Markus Roman, Gunilla Thelander, Elisabet I Nielsen, Ulrica Lennborn, Håkan Sandler, Sten Rubertsson, Johan Ahlner, Robert Kronstrand, Fredrik C Kugelberg
INTRODUCTION: 3-methoxyphencyclidine (3-MeO-PCP) appeared on the illicit drug market in 2011 and is an analogue of phencyclidine, which exhibits anesthetic, analgesic and hallucinogenic properties. In this paper, we report data from a non-fatal intoxication and seven deaths involving 3-MeO-PCP in Sweden during the period March 2014 until June 2016. CASE DESCRIPTIONS: The non-fatal intoxication case, a 19-year-old male with drug problems and a medical history of depression, was found awake but tachycardic, hypertensive, tachypnoeic and catatonic at home...
March 7, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315978/the-hallucinogen-2-5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine-hydrochloride-activates-neurotrophin-receptors-in-a-neuronal-cell-line-and-promotes-neurites-extension
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Zoya Marinova, Susanne Walitza, Edna Grünblatt
Decreased neurotrophic factors expression and neurotrophin receptors signalling have repeatedly been reported in association with stress, depression, and neurodegenerative disorders. We have previously identified the hallucinogen 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine hydrochloride (DOI) as protective against trophic deprivation-induced cytotoxicity in human neuroblastoma SK-N-SH cells and established the dependence of this effect on the 5-HT2A receptor, tyrosine kinases activity, and the extracellular signal-regulated kinase pathway...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261791/drug-recognition-evaluation-and-chemical-confirmation-of-a-25c-nbome-impaired-driver
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James W Rajotte, Jean-Paul F P Palmentier, Helena Rachelle Wallage
This case report details an individual arrested for drug-impaired driving after leaving the scene of multiple motor vehicle collisions and evading police. The driver was examined by a drug recognition expert and failed the drug recognition evaluation. The driver admitted to using cocaine, marijuana, an antidepressant medication and "N-bomb," a novel psychoactive substance that possesses hallucinogenic properties. Toxicological analyses at the Centre of Forensic Sciences' Toronto laboratory revealed only the substance 2-[4-chloro-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl]-N-[(2-methoxyphenyl)methyl]ethanamine (25C-NBOMe) in the accused's urine...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244748/2014-philip-s-portoghese-medicinal-chemistry-lectureship-the-phenylalkylaminome-with-a-focus-on-selected-drugs-of-abuse
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Richard A Glennon
The phenylalkylamine, particularly the phenylethylamine, moiety is a common structural feature found embedded in many clinically-approved agents. Greater still is its occurrence in drugs of abuse. The simplest phenylethylamine, 2-phenylethylamine itself, is without significant central action when administered at moderate doses, but fairly simple structural modifications profoundly impact its pharmacology and result in large numbers of useful pharmacological tools, agents with therapeutic potential, and in drugs of abuse (e...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242149/-hallucinations-etiological-analysis-of-children-admitted-to-a-pediatric-emergency-department
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D Vareilles, C Bréhin, C Cortey, A-L Chevrin, T Hamon, M Vignes, Y Chaix, I Claudet
Children's hallucinations pose the dual challenge of diagnosing a possible medical emergency and a possible psychiatric disorder. PURPOSE: The main objective was to analyze the causes of such hallucinations in children presenting to a pediatric emergency department. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a single-center, observational, retrospective study including all children aged less than 15 years experiencing hallucinations and admitted to our tertiary level pediatric emergency department between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2015...
February 24, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238186/effects-of-hallucinogens-on-neuronal-activity
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L Lladó-Pelfort, P Celada, M S Riga, E Troyano-Rodríguez, N Santana, F Artigas
Hallucinogens evoke sensory, perceptual, affective, and cognitive effects that may be useful to understand the neurobiological basis of mood and psychotic disorders. The present chapter reviews preclinical research carried out in recent years in order to better understand the action of psychotomimetic agents such as the noncompetitive NMDA receptor (NMDA-R) antagonists and serotonergic hallucinogens. Our studies have focused on the mechanisms through which these agents alter cortical activity. Noncompetitive NMDA-R antagonists, such as phencyclidine (PCP) and MK-801 (dizocilpine), as well as the serotonergic hallucinogens DOI and 5-MeO-DMT, produce similar effects on cellular and population activity in prefrontal cortex (PFC); these effects include alterations of pyramidal neuron discharge (with an overall increase in firing), as well as a marked attenuation of the low frequency oscillations (0...
February 26, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236857/disrupted-integration-of-sensory-stimuli-with-information-about-the-movement-of-the-body-as-a-mechanism-explaining-lsd-induced-experience
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Grzegorz R Juszczak
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a model psychedelic drug used to study mechanism underlying the effects induced by hallucinogens. However, despite advanced knowledge about molecular mechanism responsible for the effects induced by LSD and other related substances acting at serotonergic 5-HT2a receptors, we still do not understand how these drugs trigger specific sensory experiences. LSD-induced experience is characterised by perception of movement in the environment and by presence of various bodily sensations such as floating in space, merging into surroundings and movement out of the physical body (the out-of-body experience)...
March 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224459/effect-of-hallucinogens-on-unconditioned-behavior
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Adam L Halberstadt, Mark A Geyer
Because of the ethical and regulatory hurdles associated with human studies, much of what is known about the psychopharmacology of hallucinogens has been derived from animal models. However, developing reliable animal models has proven to be a challenging task due to the complexity and variability of hallucinogen effects in humans. This chapter focuses on three animal models that are frequently used to test the effects of hallucinogens on unconditioned behavior: head twitch response (HTR), prepulse inhibition of startle (PPI), and exploratory behavior...
February 22, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222297/hallucinogenic-drugs-a-new-study-answers-old-questions-about-lsd
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Adam L Halberstadt
LSD induces profound psychedelic effects, including changes in the meaning of percepts. The subjective effects of LSD are fully blocked by a 5-HT2A receptor antagonist. LSD may alter meaningfulness by increasing activity in cortical regions responsible for processing personal attribution.
February 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202410/atypical-antipsychotic-clozapine-reversed-deficit-on-prepulse-inhibition-of-the-acoustic-startle-reflex-produced-by-microinjection-of-doi-into-the-inferior-colliculus-in-rats
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Rodolpho Pereira de Oliveira, Karen Yuriko Nagaishi, Regina Cláudia Barbosa Silva
Dysfunctions of the serotonergic system have been suggested to be important in the neurobiology of schizophrenia. Patients with schizophrenia exhibit deficits in an operational measure of sensorimotor gating: prepulse inhibition (PPI) of startle. PPI is the normal reduction in the startle response caused by a low intensity non-startling stimulus (prepulse) which is presented shortly before the startle stimulus (pulse). The hallucinogen 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine (DOI), a 5-hydroxytryptamine(HT)2 receptor agonist disrupted PPI in rats...
February 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199917/desomorphine-krokodil-an-overview-of-its-chemistry-pharmacology-metabolism-toxicology-and-analysis
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Diego Hernando Ângulo Florez, Ana Maria Dos Santos Moreira, Pedro Rafael da Silva, Ricardo Brandão, Marcella Matos Cordeiro Borges, Fernando José Malagueño de Santana, Keyller Bastos Borges
BACKGROUND: "Krokodil" or "Crocodile" is an illegal homemade desomorphine drug obtained from chemical reactions of commercial codeine drugs with several other powerful and highly toxic chemical agents increasing its addiction and hallucinogenic effects when compared with other morphine analogues. METHODS: This paper summarizes a complete review about an old drug called desomorphine (Krokodil), presenting its chemistry, pharmacology, metabolism, toxicology and analysis...
January 31, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193713/firearm-carrying-and-concurrent-substance-use-behaviours-in-a-community-based-sample-of-emerging-adults
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Robert N Buschmann, John D Prochaska, Jacques G Baillargeon, Jeff R Temple
INTRODUCTION: This paper examines associations between high-risk gun carrying and substance use in emerging adults (ages 18-22). The coexistence of these high-risk behaviours in a general population of emerging adults can have disastrous consequences. METHODS: Dating it Safe is an ongoing longitudinal (2010-2016) survey of emerging adults recruited from seven high schools in five south-east Texas-area school districts (current sample n=684). Multiple logistic regression modelling was used to examine the association between past-year use of legal and illegal substances and past-year firearm carrying for a reason other than sport or hunting...
February 13, 2017: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190678/a-unique-natural-selective-kappa-opioid-receptor-agonist-salvinorin-a-and-its-roles-in-human-therapeutics
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André Cruz, Sara Domingos, Eugenia Gallardo, Ana Martinho
Until the mid-60s, only the Mazatecs, an indigenous group from Oaxaca, Mexico, used Salvia Divinorum (S. divinorum) due to its hallucinogen properties. Later it was found that the hallucinogen effects of this plant were caused by the presence of a neoclerodane diterpene Salvinorin A (salvinorin A), which is a highly selective agonist of kappa-opioid receptor (KOR) that cause more intense hallucinations than the common hallucinogens as lysergic acid, mushrooms, ecstasy and others. In fact, smoking of only 200-500 μg of S...
February 9, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182283/chromatographic-determination-of-harmalans-in-the-urine-of-autistic-children
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Joanna Kałużna-Czaplińska, Jagoda Jóźwik-Pruska, Andrea Axt
This paper presents a new approach to autism- a complex and still enigmatic condition. We present the results of our preliminary research which was based on the detection of the hallucinogenic substance 6- (or 10-) methoxyharmalan in the urine samples of autistic children with the use of chromatographic methods. Additionally, we aim to describe the relationship between the level of tryptophan and harmalan, and the influence of supplementation on the level of this compound. We applied HPLC-UV/Vis, HPLC-DAD and LC-MS in order to determine McIsaac's compound in the urine samples obtained from autistic children (n = 132) and healthy individuals (n = 10)...
February 9, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176400/effect-of-a-hallucinogenic-serotonin-5-ht2a-receptor-agonist-on-visually-guided-hippocampal-dependent-spatial-cognition-in-c57bl-6j-mice
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Gongliang Zhang, David Cinalli, Robert W Stackman
By acting on serotonin 5-HT2A receptors (5-HT2A Rs), serotonergic psychedelic drugs induce perceptual and visual hallucinations by increasing neuronal excitability and altering visual-evoked neuronal responses. The present study was designed to examine whether the perceptual alterations induced by a serotonergic psychedelic drug would affect the integrity of hippocampal-dependent, visually guided spatial cognition. phenylalkylamine hallucinogen TCB-2 is a selective agonist of 5-HT2A Rs. Mice received TCB-2 (1...
February 8, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166863/association-between-alcohol-cannabis-and-other-illicit-substance-abuse-and-risk-of-developing-schizophrenia-a-nationwide-population-based-register-study
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S M Nielsen, N G Toftdahl, M Nordentoft, C Hjorthøj
BACKGROUND: Several studies have examined whether use of substances can cause schizophrenia. However, due to methodological limitations in the existing literature (e.g. selection bias and lack of adjustment of co-abuse) uncertainties still remain. We aimed to investigate whether substance abuse increases the risk of developing schizophrenia, addressing some of these limitations. METHOD: The longitudinal, nationwide Danish registers were linked to establish a cohort of 3 133 968 individuals (105 178 673 person-years at risk), identifying 204 505 individuals diagnosed with substance abuse and 21 305 diagnosed with schizophrenia...
February 7, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158698/two-cases-of-non-fatal-intoxication-with-a-novel-street-hallucinogen-3-methoxy-phencyclidine
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Monika Zidkova, Tomas Hlozek, Martin Balik, Ondrej Kopecky, Pavel Tesinsky, Jan Svanda, Marie Anna Balikova
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154892/differential-effects-of-antipsychotic-and-propsychotic-drugs-on-prepulse-inhibition-and-locomotor-activity-in-roman-high-rha-and-low-avoidance-rla-rats
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Ignasi Oliveras, Ana Sánchez-González, Daniel Sampedro-Viana, Maria Antonietta Piludu, Cristóbal Río-Alamos, Osvaldo Giorgi, Maria G Corda, Susana Aznar, Javier González-Maeso, Cristina Gerbolés, Gloria Blázquez, Toni Cañete, Adolf Tobeña, Alberto Fernández-Teruel
RATIONALE: Animal models with predictive and construct validity are necessary for developing novel and efficient therapeutics for psychiatric disorders. OBJECTIVES: We have carried out a pharmacological characterization of the Roman high- (RHA-I) and low-avoidance (RLA-I) rat strains with different acutely administered propsychotic (DOI, MK-801) and antipsychotic drugs (haloperidol, clozapine), as well as apomorphine, on prepulse inhibition (PPI) of startle and locomotor activity (activity cages)...
March 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133938/characterisation-of-hallucinogenic-phenethylamines-using-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-for-non-targeted-screening-purposes
#19
Daniel Pasin, Adam Cawley, Sergei Bidny, Shanlin Fu
Hallucinogenic phenethylamines such as 2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamines (2C-X) and their N-(2-methoxybenzyl) derivatives (25X-NBOMe) has seen an increase in novel analogues in recent years. These rapidly changing analogues make it difficult for laboratories to rely on traditional targeted screening methods to detect unknown new psychoactive substances (NPS). In this study, twelve 2C-X, six 2,5-dimethoxyamphetamines (DOX) and fourteen 25X-NBOMe derivatives, including two deuterated derivatives (2C-B-d6 and 25I-NBOMe-d9 ), were analysed using ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-QTOF-MS)...
January 29, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130544/mistaking-2c-p-for-2c-b-what-a-difference-a-letter-makes
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Adrian Stoller, Patrick C Dolder, Michael Bodmer, Felix Hammann, Katharina M Rentsch, Aristomenis K Exadaktylos, Matthias E Liechti, Evangelia Liakoni
2,5-Dimethoxy-4(n)-propylphenethylamine (2C-P) is a synthetic phenethylamine derivative belonging to the large family of the so-called 2C drugs. These compounds can differ significantly in receptor affinity, potency and duration of action, and an important structural difference is the ligand in the 4 position of the phenyl ring, such as propyl in 2C-P or bromine in 2,5-dimethoxy-4-bromophenethylamine (2C-B). The 2C drugs are known for their hallucinogenic properties. We present a case of a 19-year-old male admitted to the emergency department with severe hallucinations, mydriasis, tachycardia, agitation and confusion following the use of a substance sold as 2C-B...
January 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
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