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Understanding Designer Drugs-What are NBOMes?

July 23, 2019 Tagged: research chemicals, Tagged: psychedelic, Tagged: designer drug, Tagged: OD, Tagged: lethal drug, Tagged: drug over-dose, Tagged: designer drugs Comments (0)

NBOMe:  “What are NBOMes?”

NBOMe is a phenethylamine, also known as a psychedelic drug. These compounds are considered designer drugs because they have been created in laboratories. NBOMes were discovered in Germany in 2003, and became available on the recreational drug markets in 2010. They are commonly sold on blotter paper and have often been mistaken for LSD. Unlike LSD, these drugs can be 10-20 times more potent. NBOMes are also appearing as tablets, powder and liquid. Common street names for NBOMe are N-Bomb, Smiles, 25I, 25C, and 25B.

NBOMe Effects

  • Euphoria     Nausea
  • Stimulation     Vomiting
  • Color intensity     Paranoia
  • Psychic awareness     Vasoconstriction
  • Intense feelings     Seizures
  • Intense visuals     Death

Hidden Dangers

Since the most common delivery of the NBOMe drugs are on blotter paper, there is little control over the dosage. According to the DEA, these compounds have been linked to the deaths of at least 19 Americans aged 15 to 29 between March of 2012 and August of 2013. The DEA made three of the compounds illegal in 2013 under the controlled substance act (CSA), 25I-NBOMe, 25C-NBOMe, and 25B-NBOMe.

NBOMes continue to cause overdose and death in the US and throughout the world.

Forensic Fluids Laboratories currently offers oral fluid testing for five of the NBOMe compounds:


  • 25C-NBOMe
  • 25D-NBOMe
  • 25H-NBOMe
  • 25I-NBOMe (considered the most dangerous)

 We are constantly adding to our comprehensive list of detectable drugs in an effort to provide you with the most up to date choices.

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