25i – New Psychedelic Drug of Abuse That Has the Potential for Overdose

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Sober Living by the Sea is aware of the many dangers associated with 25i, and can help provide treatment.


25I is a drug that we’ve become aware of in recent months as an increasing number of patients in our rehab are reporting that they have experimented with it.

We’re still gathering information on 25i and we are sorting out the confusion between 25i and some other hallucinogenic drugs that have been hitting the market but here is what we know for sure:

  • it is a hallucinogenic drug that is usually snorted as a powder, but has the risk for overdose as several teens were rushed to the hospital in  Richmond Virgina earlierthis year

Here is what we’re trying to confirm:

  • 25i appears to be “legal” as it is a new drug (but may be no safer than other “legal” highs like bath salts)

25i may be also referred to as:

  • Dime
  • 25C
  • NBOME
  • DOB

(but some of those names might be for different although similar hallucinogenic drugs)

More Information on The New Drug 25i

25i is a derivative of the phenethylamine hallucinogen 2C-I, discovered at the Free University of Berlin in 2003 by Ralf Heim.

We’ve been told anecdotally that 25i is not active orally and must be
smoked or snorted. There’s some conflicting information out there with
regard to this as there are many pictures on the web of 25i that look like LSD tabs (which may be an inaccurate labeling of LSD blotter paper, but also may indicate that 25i can be taken orally).

The research we’ve done appears to show it as a powder that is darkly colored- possibly distributed in capsules.

The picture to the right of 25i is from Erowid,org, which is a pretty reliable source of information about new drugs.

25i has been in the news sporadically this year and throughout the world as well.

A man got in trouble with the authorities in New Zealand for selling a drug which he marketed as Dime.  That drug contained 25C-NBOMe, which is an analog (a modified version) of a Class Ad Drug called “DOB”

According to the wikipedia article about 25i, the result

  • Strong open-eye/closed-eye hallucinations
  • Feelings of profoundness similar to other psychedelics
  • Increased sexual desire
  • Feelings of euphoria
  • Intensified emotions
  • Vasoconstriction
  • Nausea

Breakout of Overdoses in Richmond Virginia

There were five overdoses that were treated in one weekend, in Richmond, Va. Some of the patients that were treated experienced side effects such as

  • depression
  • seizure activity
  • inability to correctly perceive time
  • bleeding in the brain
  • heart failure

In short, people are ironically better off taking the illegal versions of hallucinogens like LSD (acid) or mushrooms.

The list of side effects for the overdoses in Richmond is a scary one – particularly bleeding in the brain and heart failure.

As always, if you (or someone you care about) is taking hallucinogenic drugs and need to talk to a substance abuse counselor, do not hesitate to contact our treatment center for information.