2C family

2C is a general name for a family of psychedelic stimulant drugs with similar chemical properties.

Other names

2C-B: Tracey Beaker, 2C-I: Izzy or Isabel, 2C-C, 2C-T7, 2C-P

Appearance

Off white powder, may also be pressed into pills

Drugs Wheel Category

Psychedelics

Legality

Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) – Class A.
Penalties for possession are up to 7 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Penalties for supply are up to life in prison and/or an unlimited fine.

How it’s taken

Most commonly swallowed as a pill or mixed into a drink. Hard pressed pills will take longer to break down and therefore longer for you to feel the effects. They may be snorted but people using the 2Cs say this can be much more painful than with other drugs. Be aware that when snorting, a much smaller dose is required to achieve the intended effect.

Effects

Whilst the dose and the time taken to feel effects may differ a lot for each different drug in the 2C family, many of their effects are the same. Effects can include: euphoria (extreme happiness), giggling, brightened colour and increased visuals, greater sensations of touch, stimulation, decreased appetite, restlessness, time distortion, nausea, sweating, chills, muscle tension, confusion and insomnia.

Risks

  • If you aren’t feeling great this could be intensified during a trip so avoid taking them when you are down
  • Can make you feel queasy, give you an upset stomach
  • Mixing with alcohol, prescription medication or any other drugs risks unexpected, harmful and unpleasant effects, especially with other psychedelics, cannabis or ketamine
  • Increased health risk if mixing 2Cs with stimulants like MDMA – puts more strain on the body
  • Some of the 2C family can have a stronger effect of “vasoconstriction”

Harm reduction

All drug use has its risks, but if you choose to take 2C family then the following steps can help to reduce harm:
  • Remember that you cannot judge content or purity by appearance.
  • There is no standard amount of any 2C in a pill or powder. Purity can vary, even within the same batch.
  • You can’t judge an accurate dose just by looking – start low and go slow.
  • Some people can throw up after taking 2C drugs – splitting a dose in half and taking these halves 15 mins apart can reduce this risk
  • If you throw up this could reduce the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill – use alternative methods to avoid unintended pregnancy
  • Avoid mixing with alcohol, prescription medication or any other drugs, as the effects may be unexpected or harmful and unpleasant.
  • Drugs affect people differently
  • If mixed with other drugs the effects can be unpredictable, especially with other psychedelics, cannabis or ketamine.
  • People who are experiencing emotional or psychological problems and those who have a family history of mental illness should avoid taking 2Cs.
  • Most people who take ‘trips’ or psychedelics recommend having a break of a few weeks or months between sessions to allow time to process the experience.
  • Taking any 2C can sometimes lead to unwelcome thoughts, which should pass. Avoid panic – changing environment, grounding techniques, talking to someone you trust or eating or drinking something comforting and familiar can all help reduce these feelings. If they do not pass, get for help.
  • Avoid using if you are not in a good mood or feeling anxious – psychedelics may heighten these feelings
  • Always use with someone you know and trust, ideally in a safe, relaxed environment.
  • If you are in a group, have a ‘spotter’ – someone who doesn’t take anything and knows what to expect from 2Cs.
  • Altered perceptions mean you may not spot dangers, so be careful.
  • Avoid mixing with alcohol, prescription medication or any other drugs, as the effects may be unexpected or harmful and unpleasant.
  • Look after your pals and seek medical help as soon as possible if anyone falls unwell. Be honest about what you know they have taken.

For snorting

  • Grind or crush substances into as fine a powder as possible before snorting.
  • Use a clean straw or paper as a ‘tooter/snorter’ rather than money and throw away after use.
  • Position the ‘tooter/snorter’ as high up the nostril as possible.
  • Avoid sharing your ‘tooter/snorter’ with anyone else (this could spread viruses).
  • Use a different nostril each time.
  • Rinse out your nose with sterile water after each session.
  • Vitamin E oil can reduce damage to nose if applied in a thin layer inside after cleaning, like you would lip balm.

For swallowing

  • The amount contained in pills can vary – start low and go slow
  • Split dose in half and take 15 mins apart to avoid throwing up
  • If mixed into a drink, never leave your drink unattended

Detection time

People taking 2C family have reported the following detection time, but this cannot be taken as a recommendation; detection of any drug will depend on purity, regularity of use, other medications or drugs you have taken, your body and how it’s taken.
  • 3 – 5 days in urine.