What Is 2C-B?

2C-B, or 4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine, is a synthetic psychedelic substance belonging to the 2C family of phenethylamines. It was first synthesized by Alexander Shulgin in 1974 and gained popularity as a recreational drug due to its psychedelic effects. 2C-B is sometimes referred to as a “party drug” or “psychedelic aphrodisiac”, and is typically consumed orally in the form of a pill or powder.

Other names given:

  • Nexus
  • Bromo
  • Venus
  • Erox
  • Performax

What Does 2C-B Look Like?

2C-B is commonly found as a white or off-white crystalline powder. It may also be encountered in pill or capsule form, often with designs or various logos imprinted on.

What Is 2C-B Made Of?

2C-B is synthesized from 2,5-dimethoxybenzaldehyde and bromoethane, followed by reduction with lithium aluminum hydride. The chemical structure consists of a phenethylamine backbone with substitutions at the 2 and 5 positions of the benzene ring.

What Are the Experiences with 2C-B?

Experiences with the substance vary widely depending on dosage, set and setting, and individual physiology. Users often report enhanced sensory experiences, visual distortions, alterations in perception, and changes in mood and thought patterns. Some describe the effects with 2C-B as lucid and controllable compared to other psychedelics.

What Are the Acute Effects of 2C-B & How Long Do They Last?

The acute effects of 2C-B is typically within 20 to 90 minutes after ingestion and can last for 4 to 8 hours. However, this highly depends on factors such as individual metabolism and dosage. These effects may include visual hallucinations, feeling of euphoria, increased empathy, tactile sensations, and altered time perception. Other effects can also be anxiety, paranoia, and nausea, especially at higher doses.

PositiveEnhanced sensory perception
Mood elevation
Increased sociability
Enhanced sexual experiences
Altered visual and auditory perceptions
NeutralDilated pupils
Mild to moderate hallucinations
Altered time perception
Can lead to intense hallucinations and challenging experiences in high doses

What Are the Ways to Consume 2C-B?

  • Oral Consumption: The most common method of taking the substance is orally, in the form of tablets or capsules. Sometimes it’s also found in powder form, which can be swallowed directly or mixed with a liquid.
  • Insufflation (Snorting): Some individuals choose to snort 2C-B when it’s in powder form. This method typically leads to a more intense but shorter-lasting effect compared to oral consumption.
  • Sublingual Administration: Placing the substance under the tongue for it to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream is less common but still practised. This method can lead to a quicker onset of effects.
  • Vaporization: Though less common, some users may vaporize and inhale the substance.

Can you mix it with other substances? Click here for a detailed chart of safe drug combinations.


2C-B is highly dose sensitive and the effects depends on how much you take, influenced by factors like how you take it, your tolerance level, your gender and how it’s consumed.

ED5010 mg4–6 mg
Moderate15 – 25 mg5 – 9 mg
Strong26 – 35 mg10 – 20 mg
Extremely Intense> 35 mg> 20 mg
Duration4-8 hours2-4 hours

What Are the Benefits & Risks?

Therapeutic Use of 2C-B & Personal Growth

BenefitsPotential for therapeutic use in psychotherapy.
Enhanced empathy and communication.
Altered consciousness for introspection and self-reflection.
RisksThe substance is illegal in many countries, leading to legal consequences.
Limited scientific research and understanding of long-term effects.
Potential for harmful effects on mental health, especially in those with pre-existing conditions.
Risk of overdose or adverse reactions due to its variability in purity and strength when obtained from unregulated sources.

Research on the therapeutic potential of 2C-B is limited but emerging. Some studies suggest its potential for treating depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, further research is needed to fully understand its therapeutic efficacy and safety profile. Currently the substance is illegal in many places.

Personal Development & Growth
Some individuals use 2C-B as a tool for personal development and spiritual exploration, citing its ability to facilitate introspection, insight, and emotional processing. However, responsible use and careful consideration, set and setting are essential to maximize potential benefits and minimize risks.

It’s crucial to prioritise safety first. We encourage you to schedule a call with one of our certified psychedelic coaches for more information. Our dedicated team is committed to offering you expert guidance and assistance as you embark on your path toward self-exploration and therapeutic growth.


The legal status of this substance varies by country. In many places, including the United States and much of Europe, it is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning it is illegal to manufacture, possess, or distribute without proper authorization. It’s important to be aware of the legal status in your jurisdiction.

History & Statistics

2C-B was first synthesised by Alexander Shulgin in 1974 as part of his research into psychoactive compounds. In the 1980s and 1990s It gained popularity as a recreational drug, particularly within the rave and club scene. However, its use declined in the early 2000s due to legal restrictions and concerns about safety and purity.

Myths Surrounding 2C-B

There are several myths and misconceptions surrounding this substance, including exaggerated claims about its effects, potency, and risks. It’s important to rely on scientific evidence and sources for accurate information about this substance.

  • 2C-B as an aphrodisiac: While it can enhance sexual experiences, it’s not a true aphrodisiac in the traditional sense.
  • No risks: Some users may believe that it is a completely safe drug, but like any psychoactive substance, it carries potential risks, especially when used irresponsibly or in high doses.
  • It’s a replacement for MDMA: While it shares some empathogenic effects with MDMA, 2C-B is a distinct substance with its own set of effects and risks.
  • Legal in all places: Many people mistakenly assume 2C-B is legal everywhere, which is not the case. Its legal status varies worldwide.

Important Note: Approach any substance with caution and understand its effects and risks. If you’ve had an experience with 2C-B and need support to integrate it, or if you’re planning to try it and want the best possible setting, book a session with one of our certified psychedelic coaches. Our experts provide personalised guidance to help you navigate and maximize the benefits of your experience while ensuring safety and well-being.

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