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Why 2C-B is the best psychedelic for beginners

Which psychedelic is best for a complete newbie interested in making their first foray into the world of psychedelics? We think it's 2C-B.
A rendition of what 2C-B visuals might look like β€” Photo credit: Redditor u/Lavidius
A rendition of what 2C-B visuals might look like β€” Photo credit: Redditor u/Lavidius

Today, I'm going to talk about one of my all-time favorite drugs ever, and that is, of course, 2C-B.

If you're unaware...

2C-B is a phenethylamine, and it's chemically analogous to Mescaline, the active ingredient in Peyote.

I am eternally grateful to my lord and savior Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin for blessing us with this beautiful molecule.

Besides Mescaline, DOM, 2C-T-2, 2C-E, and 2C-T-7 β€” 2C-B is one of the Magical Half Dozen, which according to Sasha, are the most important phenethylamine compounds in existence.

While you can enjoy it on its own, 2C-B is very much like the Himalayan Sea Salt of psychedelics in that it can be synergistic & complementary with other psychedelics.

People often combine 2C-B with MDMA for a "Nexus Flip," but one should experience 2C-B by itself to appreciate its unique personality and vibe.

Personally, I think 2C-B is the perfect beginner's psychedelic.

Before I explain why it's the perfect beginner psychedelic...

I must confess that I was not fortunate enough to purchase some 2C-B legally from my local gas station when it used to be legal for a brief period.

You heard that right.

In the mid-1990s, 2C-B was actually sold by a German pharmaceutical supplier named Drittewelle as an aphrodisiac.

Specifically, it was used for the temporary alleviation of male impotence and female frigidity πŸ†

Packaging for "Erox" (2C-B) β€” as marketed by the German pharmaceutical supplier Drittewelle in the mid-1990s.
Packaging for "Erox" (2C-B) β€” as marketed by the German pharmaceutical supplier Drittewelle in the mid-1990s.

In other words...

Since 2C-B can increase libido & tactile sensations, and because the product packaging contained a couple engaging in sexy time, people purchased Erox purely for partying and getting their freak on πŸ˜…

Right before you make a pit stop at a Gas Station to pick up some EROX in the 1990s
Right before you make a pit stop at the Gas Station to pick up some EROX in the 1990s

Back in the day, only a handful of people knew about 2C-B, but thanks to the internet and pop culture, it's gaining in popularity.

I mean, even Kanye West mentioned it (along with DMT) in 2018 on his track entitled Yikes.

"Tweakin', tweakin' off that 2C-B, huh"

β€”Yikes, Kanye West

Don't worry, 2C-B is not at fault for Kanye's instability as a human being.

That's an entirely different conversation altogether πŸ˜…


You might be asking yourself...

What does 2C-B feel like?


A simulation of what a high dose of 2C-B might look like β€” Credit: Redditor u/StingrayZ

First, I want to clarify that everything I'm saying here is based on a moderate dose of 2C-B, regardless of form like 2C-B HCl or 2C-B HBr, etc

Yes, like many drugs, if you take heavy doses, things can get weird, including with 2C-B β€” trust me, I know 🫣

2C-B produces euphoria and increased visual, auditory, olfactory, and tactile sensations, but such a description doesn't do any justice to the joy that is 2C-B.

2C-B also lets you really express music through your body.

Thus, splendid music is very much a necessity during any 2C-B session 🎢

The best way I like to explain 2C-B to people is by making a comparison to their previous experiences with both MDMA and LSD.

Assume that a 10 represents a peak.

Now, REDUCE the euphoria of an MDMA peak from a 10 down to a 4.

Then, REDUCE the visuals of an LSD peak from a 10 down to a 5.

Now, COMBINE the two together, and you have a great approximation of the 2C-B experience.

The duration of the experience is roughly similar to psilocybin or magic mushrooms.

But, here's my favorite feature of 2C-B:

Other than not showing up on drug tests β€” It's virtually impossible to have a bad time while on it.

Yes, there are always exceptions, and 2C-B can sometimes be unpredictable & induce nausea, etc.

But unlike LSD or Psilocybin, it's very unlikely for someone's trip to go from happy to a scary death spiral unexpectedly.

Meaning, with psychedelics like LSD or Psilocybin, the spectrum of what your mind can experience & where it can go is far greater than 2C-B.

With 2C-B β€” psychologically speaking, you're more likely to be stuck in the same "happy place" than traverse beyond it.

The headspace of 2C-B is considerably more forgiving than LSD or Psilocybin, so you have plenty of time to just enjoy the music, warm tingles, and the πŸ”₯ visuals.

With all the fun tessellated visuals, it might even feel you're in a 1970s nightclub or inside a video game.

The tolerance build up is also very slow, which means, unlike MDMA, you can even layer more 2C-B and re-dose multiple times before noticing any tolerance issues.

This means you have a true psychedelic that's FUN, has a better safety profile than MDMA, lasts just as long as psilocybin mushrooms, all without a comedown!

As a bonus, it also has therapeutic effects.

Did I mention there's a very low probability of having a bad time?

I can only get so erect.

That's why I consider 2C-B to be the best beginner psychedelic over everything else.

Because it introduces a beginner to the psychedelic landscape gently.

Many would disagree with me, but I stand by it πŸ˜‰

Hope you enjoyed today's edition of NSP!

Mustafa's got dank memes, art, and a highlight reel of the best news down below as usual.

Until next time...

Wishing you health, harmony, and happiness!
Your friend,

β€”Dr. D


Mustafa's Meme

When the universe gives you a sign and it's not even subtle - funny 2cb psychedelics meme

What Mustafa's Pondering

⭐ = Mustafa's favorites

πŸ’‘ Resource: What is 2C-B by Doubleblind

πŸ—žοΈ News: Amanda Feilding, the first lady of LSD (non-paywall mirror) via FT ⭐

πŸ—žοΈ News: β€œMoms on Mushrooms”: A Growing Trend? - Upcoming episode on May 4th 2023 via Dr. Phill

πŸ—žοΈ News: Sound healing: how music, on its own or with psychedelics, is becoming the latest mental health and wellness trend via SCMP

πŸ—žοΈ News: TV Comedy Ted Lasso references San Francisco psychedelic pranksters via SFGate

πŸ—žοΈ News: They charged a massage therapist for giving DMT to clients via Fox 43

πŸ—žοΈ News: Musician & Artist Jon Hopkins releases meditation versions of two tracks from his excellent album entitled Music for Psychedelic Therapy via The Line of Best Fit 🎢 ⭐

πŸ—žοΈ News: The legalization of psilocybin mushrooms in Oregon is causing the expansion of the decades-old illegal black market via Willamette Week πŸ„ ⭐

πŸ—žοΈ News: NHL Player Riley Cote appears in ESPN special "Peace of Mind" to explore the use of psilocybin mushrooms in treating mental health issues among athletes via The Inquirer πŸ„

πŸ—žοΈ News: Rose city labs became the first licensed psilocybin testing lab in Oregon via Filtermag πŸ„

πŸ›οΈ Policy: Colorado moves to implement a legal 'magic mushroom' industry via Colorado Politics

πŸ›οΈ Policy: Psychedelics may become the lowest enforcement priority in Jefferson County, Washington via Peninsula Daily

πŸ”¬ Study: They have found psychoactive drugs in wastewater samples in multiple countries via Science Direct

πŸ“Ί Video: Woman uses trippy mushroom wallpaper to turn her home into a psychedelic paradise via Tik Tok & Den Garden

πŸ“Ί Video: Mike Tyson said "Psychedelics would have made me a better boxer" via TMZ Sports ⭐

πŸ’° Business: Mindset Pharma Inc. has filed two international patents covering a family of 6 non-hallucinogenic, non-tryptamine compounds.

πŸ’° Business: Silo Wellness plans to acquire BitGift, a platform specializing in "secure & anonymous" cryptocurrency transactions for up to $500k in order to steer Oregon's psilocybin industry away from cash transactions

πŸ’‘ Resource: Last week, we shared the Changa Institute. Today we're going to share Subtle Winds, which is an Oregon-licensed psilocybin facilitator training center πŸ„

πŸ’‘ Resource: Someone scraped all the trip reports from the legendary website erowid.org and built erowid.io, which is an API that allows you to download the entire trip report database from erowid.org πŸ’»

Mustafa's Art Corner

Clancy Gilroy Psychedelic Art of The Midnight Gospel by Artist Karma Lawrence
Clancy Gilroy (from Midnight Gospel) by Artist Karma Lawrence

Mustafa's Meditation

Funny, I’d forgotten that what comes to you when you take a psychedelic is not always a revelation of something new and startling; you’re more liable to find yourself reminded of simple things you know and forgot you knew β€” seeing them freshly β€” old, basic truths that long ago became clichΓ©s, so you stopped paying attention to them.
–Ann Shulgin, PiHKAL: A chemical love story