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1-Methylpsilocin is a psychedelic compound that is structurally related to psilocin, the active component in psilocybin mushrooms. It is a synthetic derivative of psilocin, where a methyl group is added to the nitrogen atom of the indole ring.

Chemical Structure and Properties[edit | edit source]

1-Methylpsilocin, also known as 4-Hydroxy-N-methyl-N,N-dimethyltryptamine, has the chemical formula C12H16N2O. It belongs to the class of compounds known as tryptamines, which are characterized by a core structure consisting of a bicyclic indole ring attached to an amino group via an ethyl side chain.

Pharmacology[edit | edit source]

1-Methylpsilocin acts as a serotonin receptor agonist, primarily targeting the 5-HT2A receptor. This receptor is known to play a significant role in the effects of many psychedelic substances. The activation of the 5-HT2A receptor by 1-Methylpsilocin leads to altered perception, mood, and cognition, similar to the effects produced by psilocin and other related compounds.

Synthesis[edit | edit source]

The synthesis of 1-Methylpsilocin involves the methylation of psilocin. This process typically requires the use of methylating agents and specific reaction conditions to achieve the desired product. The synthetic route is of interest in the field of medicinal chemistry for the development of novel psychedelic compounds.

Effects and Uses[edit | edit source]

The effects of 1-Methylpsilocin are similar to those of psilocin, including visual and auditory hallucinations, altered sense of time, and profound changes in thought and emotion. Due to its psychedelic properties, it has been studied for potential therapeutic applications in the treatment of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Legal Status[edit | edit source]

The legal status of 1-Methylpsilocin varies by country. In many places, it is classified as a controlled substance due to its structural similarity to psilocin and its potential for abuse. Researchers interested in studying this compound typically require special licenses and regulatory approval.

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