2C-B, also known as 4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine, is a synthetic psychedelic drug first synthesized by Alexander Shulgin in the 1970s. It belongs to the 2C family of phenethylamines and is sometimes referred to as a “party drug” or “psychedelic aphrodisiac” due to its stimulating and hallucinogenic properties. It is typically consumed orally in the form of a pill or powder.


The 2C-B experience can vary depending on factors like dosage, set and setting. Users typically report feelings of euphoria, enhanced sensory perception, and heightened empathy. Visual and auditory hallucinations are common at higher doses, and the overall experience may be described as a mix of psychedelic and empathogenic effects. The duration of a 2C-B trip is usually around 4-6 hours.


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

How to

  • Oral Consumption: The most common method of taking 2C-B 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.

Benefits & Risks

BenefitsPotential for therapeutic use in psychotherapy.
Enhanced empathy and communication.
Altered consciousness for introspection and self-reflection.
Risks2C-B 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.

Therapeutic Use

2C-B has been explored for its potential therapeutic applications, particularly in the field of psychotherapy. It is thought to aid in communication and emotional exploration due to its empathogenic properties. However, more research is needed to fully understand its therapeutic potential, and it is currently illegal in many places.

Personal Growth

Some users have reported personal growth and insights from their 2C-B experiences. The altered state of consciousness can lead to introspection and self-reflection, potentially helping individuals gain new perspectives on their lives and relationships. However, these experiences can be highly subjective and variable.


The legal status of 2C-B varies from country to country. In many places, it is classified as a controlled or illegal substance. It is considered a Schedule II controlled substance in the United States, making it illegal to possess, manufacture, or distribute without proper authorization. It’s important to be aware of the legal status in your jurisdiction.

History & Stats

2C-B was first synthesized by Alexander Shulgin in the 1970s, and it gained popularity in the underground psychedelic culture in the following decades. It is considered one of the “magical half-dozen” by Shulgin, a group of compounds known for their unique effects. Statistics regarding its use and prevalence are challenging to gather due to its illicit status and the clandestine nature of its production.


There are various myths and misconceptions surrounding 2C-B, such as:

  • 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.

It’s important to approach 2C-B with caution and understand its effects and risks. Have you had an experience with 2C-B and need support to integrate it? Or do you plan on having one and want the best setting possible? Book a session with one of our coaches.