This may be the most talked about drug since the fear-mongering days of Reefer Madness. It is known as Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, (MDPV), vanilla sky, ivory wave, cloud 9 and magic. And while this list is starting to sound like a new round of Jersey Shore perfume lines, it is actually a designer drug now more commonly known as “Bath Salts.” The drug can be smoked, snorted, injected, or shoved up your ass. Unless, you know, you’re not into butt stuff.
The moniker, “Bath Salts” is a result of the appearance of the MDPV due to its white chunky, chalky appearance – similar to that which we pour into our baths to ease menstrual cramps and indulge in aromatherapy. Unlike those bath salts, MDPV is not consumed for a tranquil effect. It is considered a stimulant and according to a very handy resource about illegal drugs, Erowid.org:
“MDPV is an uncommon stimulant with a short history of human use. It is known for its tendency to cause compulsive re-dosing and some users report sexual arousal as an effect. MDPV has been found in products labeled as ‘plant food/fertilizer.'”
MDPV is also known as the Zombie drug that caused Rudy Eugene of Miami to chew off a man’s face. When the story first broke, it was reported that Eugene was eating the man’s face; however, most recently it was reported that there was no flesh found in the man’s stomach during the autopsy. There was, however, marijuana found in his system and “undigested pills.” The toxicology report did not find any evidence of MDPV.
There is research drugs with a similar chemical structure can act as promising application for the treatment of cocaine addiction, but MDVP has not been tested for clinical use and there are no plans to use it in any sort of drug therapy.
MDPV also works to activate serotonin and dopamine. If serotonin is the happy chemical, then dopamine is for pleasure. A mixture of these two achieves a short-term state of blissfulness, with an ardent desire to keep the party going by continued dosing.
A lot of people use MDMA or ecstasy for said effects. MDPV could possibly be a household name for the same reason in the future.
I spoke to someone who had, by his own admission, gone on a “couple day bender [on bath salts] once.” He said, “I knew it as MDPV at the time.”
“It was kinda lame, but I was just bumping [small amounts of drugs usually off of items like keys]. Honestly I don’t remember how long it lasts. It depends on how much you take. It was a little like ketamine [strong tranquilizer used on horses that is used as a recreational drug] but not as wobbly.”
He also described it as temporarily addictive, and then added pensively that he couldn’t say he felt the overwhelming need to chew flesh.
He suggested I speak to someone who used to live in an RV at the back of a party-house. Wary of tracking someone down who is so mobile, I decided to forgo that interview and look further into Erowid. From its vaults comes this creative response about what it is like to come down from bath salts: “Coming off of MDVP is like winning a Mercedes and being told at the last minute that they got your name wrong.”
It’s difficult to ascertain what any drug is like, particularly from those who do recreational drugs, because there is a tendency to compare a drug with another drug. The reason for this is that these chemicals put you in an altered state of mind that is not easily understood by someone with no knowledge of mind-altered states. However, it is fairly safe to assume that Bath Salts provide a user with energy, confidence, and an abundance of excitement with an urge to keep bumping.
*Flurt! does not support the use of Bath Salts, and the opinions in this article are solely those of the author or those interviewed.