The drug 2C-I is a psychedelic phenethylamine of the 2C family; the drug
was initially synthesized by Alexander Shulgin. Today, the drug is used
recreationally (mainly by teens and young adults) for its psychedelic
properties and effects. The drug can usually be purchased in its hydrochloride
salt form, which is a sparkling-white powdery substance; however, it can
also be made into a tablet.
2C-I ("smiles) first entered the drug scene in the early 2000's.
Smiles was initially sold in Dutch smart shops after its predecessor 2C-B
was banned. By 2008, the latter version 2C-I was also banned in the Netherlands,
along with other drugs in the 2C family. During that time, smiles was
made available by numerous online vendors of research chemicals in Western
Europe, Asia, and the U.S.
On U.S. streets, Smiles is frequently misrepresented as mescaline and sold
in singular doses since it can provide similar psychedelic effects to
the user. Both 2C-I and mescaline are members of the psychedelic phenthylamine
class of drugs. However, the most notable difference between mescaline
and the research chemicals contained in 2C-I or "smiles" is
that 2C-I has a much greater potency by weight. The effective dosage range
per milligram with 2C-I is nearly 10-fold less than that of mescaline.
This means that smiles can be effectively delivered through a small piece
of candy or a small carrier pill. On the other hand, a little pill would
be insufficient to contain enough mescaline to have the same level of
psychoactive effects for the user.
In general, users take 2C-I orally; however, the powder can also be inhaled.
2C-I is known for causing a considerable amount of discomfort and pain
upon inhalation. People have also been known to smoke or vaporize the
substance, but when they do, it requires a higher dosage. Others have
injected smiles into the muscles or through the veins. Once someone takes
2C-I, they can typically experience the effects within two hours, and
the effects typically last from 4 to 12 hours. While small doses cause
a stimulant effect, larger doses cause psychedelic or hallucinogenic effects.
Smiles is known for being similar to a combination of MDMA and LSD, only
it's far more potent and dangerous. Because the drug is new, a lot
of teens are overdosing on the drug, but it's not showing up in any
tests. The fact that the drug doesn't show up on drug tests as of
yet is one of the very reasons why it is attractive to athletes and young
Criminalizing 2C-I "Smiles" in the United States
On July 9, 2012, the United States government made 2C-I a Schedule I substance
under the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012. This Act made possession,
distribution and manufacturing of the drug illegal. Those individuals
that are caught possessing or distributing even a small amount of the
substance will face serious criminal charges. One individual whose friend
died due to an overdose of 2C-I was charged with third degree murder for
simply providing the drug to his friend since the drug was the direct
cause of the friend's death.
2C-I, otherwise known as "smiles" has only recently been added
as a Schedule I substance. Although the authorities are only recently
catching up to those that possess and distribute the drug, they are officially
aware of the substance and are cracking down hard on anyone that possesses
or distributes "smiles." If you have been arrested for any drug-related
crime involving 2C-I, we strongly urge you to contact an attorney from
The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC. We make it our business to stay abreast of all recent legislation and
developments as they pertain to
drug crimes including smiles. Mounting a strong defense in such cases is the only
chance you have to get your charges reduced, if not dropped. Call us today
to get started tailoring a defense strategy in your 2C-I case.