Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) is a psychoactive drug used as stimulants or weight-loss aids. It is commonly known as Magic, Super Coke, Cloud 9, Ivory Wave, Peevee, Ivory Snow, Ocean Magic, Vanilla Sky, White Dove, White Knight, White Lightning and many others. Others call it as “fake cocaine” or “complete crank.”
Generally sold as a research chemical in 2008, MDPV was reported to have been sold as a drug alternative in the United Sates in 2010 although it has not been clearly said as legal or illegal. In some European countries like the Germany and France, MDPV has long been available over the counter but declined when danger of misuse and dependency were known. Until 2010, MDPV was “classified as a Class B drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, making it illegal to sell, buy, or posses without license.”
MDPV is a yellowish-white, fine-grained, odorless powder said to have the same effects with cocaine and amphetamine, lasting to 3-8 hours depending on the ingested dosage. It can be taken orally or by injection, smoking, or snorting. Statistics show teenagers and 40-year-old males and females use this drug.
The effects of MDPV include increased blood pressure, restlessness, heart palpitations, sweating and increased alertness and concentration. Although not much information has been provided about long-term use of this drug, many users have been reported to have experienced nausea, stomach cramps, increased body temperature, swelling of the brain, kidney failure, cerebral vascular accidents or strokes, intense panic attacks, anxiety, agitation, visual and auditory hallucinations, extreme paranoid thoughts and suicidal thoughts. There were also reports of coma and death.
Many claim MDPV to have sexual stimulation or aphrodisiac effects. But contrary to what has been said, this drug does not differ from other drugs. Its reputation as a sex-stimulating drug remains a myth.
In addition to the myth, MDPV is not a legal drug in the US and in other countries. Nevertheless, it is also not illegal. To clarify this, Methylenedioxypyrovalerone is not officially listed as one of the illegal drugs in any country “but its structural similarity to illegal drugs of abuse makes it likely that it would be considered a controllable substance analogue in several countries.”
Anyone cannot find any information of this drug “being approved of FDA for medical use.” However, this drug can still be bought in streets and online and seldom do individuals caught of MDPV use.
Also, there is little information available on the detection of MDPV use in drug test. MDPV stays to be undetected in blood, urine and saliva screening. This can be attributed to the fact the drug has been introduced very recently—and still on research.
This Article is written by Lena Butler, contributor of Test Country Articles.