Drugs are bad, mkay?
When it comes to fancy new designer drugs, Europe seems to be making new ones faster than Mike Tyson can properly pronounce "lysergic acid diethylamide."
Thanks to Europe's hardworking scientists, we now have MDMA, LSD, 2C-I, 2C-E, 2C-T-15 and 25I-NBOMe. And don’t worry if you’ve never heard of those last few, they were all synthesized in the last decade, and are backed by less research than an episode of "Ancient Aliens."
Despite their lack of research, some scientists (and strung-out hippies) believe these new “research chemicals” are the undiscovered cures to many psychological impairments.
The science behind this is known as "homeopathic medicine," or the belief that that whatever causes disease in a healthy person will probably cure it in a sick person. It's basically like prescribing bullets to a gun shot victim, and some scientists who believe in it claim that PTSD, schizophrenia, anxiety and other personality disorders can all be cured with a simple dose of untested chemicals.
Apparently these scientists prefer to test their chemicals on themselves because at a homeopathy conference in Germany nearly 30 people were hospitalized after ingesting near-lethal doses of 2C-E (you can read stories about it here). It took over 150 medical responders to get the hallucinating patrons settled down and moved to the hospital. We assume the patrons became very angry when medical personnel tried to confiscate their Grateful Dead records and Pink Floyd tapestries.
2C-E is so new that it wasn't actually outlawed in Germany until last year and most doctors don't really know what it does to the body aside from making you trip bear balls. Which is all fun in games if you're headed to a Phish show, but probably not the best idea for a medical conference.
As of now, no one from the conference has died from taking the drug, but some were listed in critical condition and have not been released.
We're not saying that we know anything about medicine, but nothing should be considered safe just because that guy you met in the lot before a show said it was "life changing." Don't be dumb kids. Buy a test kit.