1,3-Benzodioxolyl-N-methylbutanamine

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1,3-Benzodioxolyl-N-methylbutanamine (MBDB) is a psychoactive drug and entactogen of the phenethylamine and amphetamine chemical classes. It was first synthesized by Alexander Shulgin and described in his book, PiHKAL: A Chemical Love Story. MBDB is a closely related chemical analogue of MDMA, with the only difference between the two being an ethyl group instead of a methyl group attached to the alpha carbon.

Chemistry[edit | edit source]

MBDB is a methylated derivative of 1,3-benzodioxolylbutanamine (BDB). It has a structure closely related to methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), the only difference being an ethyl group instead of a methyl group attached to the alpha carbon. Its full chemical name is 1-(1,3-benzodioxol-5-yl)-N-methylbutan-2-amine.

Pharmacology[edit | edit source]

The pharmacological mechanisms of MBDB are not well known. However, it is believed to act as a serotonin releasing agent (SRA), similar to its analogue MDMA. This means it induces the release of serotonin in the brain, leading to mood elevation and feelings of empathy.

Effects[edit | edit source]

The effects of MBDB are often compared to those of MDMA, but they are not identical. MBDB is reported to produce a mixture of entactogenic and stimulant effects, but without the same level of hallucinogenic effects produced by MDMA. Users often report feelings of increased energy, euphoria, and empathy.

Legal Status[edit | edit source]

The legal status of MBDB varies by country. In the United States, it is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, making it illegal to manufacture, distribute, or possess without a license. In the United Kingdom, it is a Class A drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

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