The 5 Drugs of the 2C-X Family: What Are They Like?


Have you heard of 2C-X drugs and want to know more about them? Maybe you’ve tried one and want to know how the other 2C drugs are different? In this guide, we go over all the key information you should know about the 2C family of drugs including what they are, if they’re legal, and how the experiences of taking different 2C-X drugs compare.


What Are 2C-X Drugs?

2C-X is the name of a group of psychedelic drugs. In technical terms, each of the 2C-X drugs is a phenethylamine containing a methoxy group on the 2nd and 5th spots of its benzene ring. The majority of 2C-X drugs were created in the 1970s and 1980s by American chemist Alexander Shulgin.

People have only started taking these drugs for recreational in the past few decades, and they’re still uncommon and not well known in many areas.


What Is Taking 2C-X Drugs Like?

2C X drugs have both psychedelic and stimulant effects. Many users describe this combination as a mixture of both LSD and ecstasy or as similar to MDMA. 2C-X drugs can be taken as pressed tablets, powder or gel-caps. 2C drugs are known for their long trips, and the effects can last up to 20 hours. Doses for 2C-X drugs vary depending on the specific drug you take and your tolerance, but most average doses are between 10 and 30 mg.

In terms of psychedelic effects, 2C-X drugs often cause hallucinations and distorted vision that causes users to have enhanced senses of touch, smell, hearing, touch, and especially sight. The body is often hypersensitive, and users often see bright colors or have distorted vision. 2C-X drugs may also make you feel more energetic, alert, and awake due to their stimulant effects.

Side effects of 2C chemicals include dizziness, headaches, nausea, and, more rarely, panic attacks, confusion, agitation, and delirium. Mixing 2C X drugs with alcohol puts you at a much higher risk of serious, and potentially lethal, side effects.


What Are the Most Popular 2C-X Drugs?

There are several different types of 2C-X drugs available, but some are more popular than others. Below are the five most popular 2C-X drugs to use. These are the ones you’re most likely to find at parties or being sold online, but all 2C-X are still pretty rare, so it may be awhile before you come across one. All five of these 2C-X drugs are illegal to possess in the United States.



2C-B, often known as Bee’s or Nexus, is a psychoactive 2C-X drug. It recently became illegal in the United States, but it can still be found at party/rave scenes. 2C-B can be taken as a pressed tablet, in powdered form, or as a gel-cap. 2C-B gives users psychedelic and hallucinogenic effects, such as changes in sensory perception and visual distortions. Its effects are usually not as strong as those of other 2C-X drugs, and it’s often used by people just beginning to use 2C drugs or those who want a more mellow trip.



2C-E has strong psychedelic effects, particularly visuals.  Many users find it to be the 2C-X drug most similar to LSD. Also be aware that many users feel nauseous after taking this 2C drug.



2C-I, sometimes known as “Smiles,” is another psychoactive  2C drug. It also often affects users’ emotions, and you may feel especially happy, anxious, or excited after taking 2C-I. Some people dislike 2C-I because it messes with their mind during the trip and makes them feel nervous and confused. It is often used in a powder form.



Many users feel that 2C-P is the strongest of all the 2C-X drugs. It often gives a very intense experience with extremely vivid visuals. The effects also last a long time, over 20 hours at times. Some users find 2C-P to be similar to taking acid. If you haven’t tried 2C-X drugs before, it’s not recommended that you start with 2C-P.



2C-T-2 is known for giving users a lot of energy as well as visual distortion. Many people who take this drug experience blurred vision and vivid visuals. Nausea and headaches are common side effects with 2C-T-2.


Are 2C-X Drugs Legal?

In recent years, most drugs in the 2C family have become illegal in the United States, Canada, and much of Europe. However, even in places where 2C-X drugs are legal, it can be difficult to get hold of them since they aren’t that common. 2C-X drugs don’t have a history of being sold on the street, and you will usually only find them at parties or raves, or, occasionally, being sold online, but shipping may be restricted to countries where the drugs are legal.

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