Top 10 Illicit Drugs You Probably Have Never Heard Of

A countdown of illicit drugs that are not commonly talked about. Starting with least popular to most popular, this guide explains a short description of each drug. These drugs are commonly sold on the internet and mostly used by adolescents and young adults.


When you think of illicit drugs you probably think of heroin, cocaine, meth, LSD, or marijuana. With the internet today more bizarre and little researched substances are coming to light and being trafficked online through illegal websites. Many are produced in China or else wear and shipped into the United States. Adolescents and adults alike often don’t realize the dangers associated with these drugs because little is known about them, but they can be even more dangerous than traditional “hard” drugs like heroin or cocaine. As new drugs become popular they lack legal status, and often people mistake this as it must be safe if it is not illegal. I hope to give you a little bit of insight on drugs you probably have never heard of. For a more detailed and interactive list of 55 different drugs, check out this periodic table of drugs.

10. 1P-LSD

This drug is very new and has been sold on the internet since 2015. It is psychedelic drug and an analog of LSD. Very little is know about this drug.

9. 3C-Bromo-DragonFLY

Bromo-dragonFLY is phenylethylamine, which means it is a stimulant as well as a psychedelic. It is about ⅓ as potent as LSD. The drug, similarly as LSD, is often dripped on blotter, which is then dissolved in the mouth. Unlike LSD, bromo-dragonFLY can be deadly. Overdoses are reported, often when people mistake the drug as LSD and take far more than needed for desired effects. The drug is often used to mimac LSD because of it’s cheap cost and similar effects.

8. 5-MeO-DiPT

This drug, commonly referred to as “Foxy”, is a psychedelic tryptamine. It is often pressed into pills, but also can be sniffed, smoked, or injected. It is more similar to MDMA (Ecstasy) than LSD. It causes euphoria and can be an aphrodisiac. It is considered a “club drug”. Some overdoses are reported.

7. DOC

DOC is a psychedelic drug that is also similar to amphetamines. It is often dripped on blotter paper and dissolved in the mouth. The drug is less psychedelic than LSD but can last much longer, up to two days. It causes euphoria and bizarre thoughts. There is very little research on this drug.

6. MDE

This drug, commonly referred to as “Eve” is similar to MDMA. It is shorter lasting and not as potent. The drug is often sold as an ecstasy mimic and pressed into a tablet. Little is know about this drug but is popular on the internet and also as a cutting agent in ecstasy pills.

5. 2c-I

2c-I is another psychedelic phenylethylamine, but more popular than the previous ones mentioned. It is considered a “club-drug” because of it’s euphoric, psychedelic, and empathogenic effects. It can be very painful to sniff, so is often taken in a capsule. The drug gained popularity in the Netherlands when it was briefly sold legally in stores as “room odorizer” or “bath salts”. It is sometimes used to cut or mimic ecstasy. 2c-I is a Schedule I substance in the United States.

4. 25I-NBOMe

Commonly known as “25i” or “N-bomb”, 25I-NBOMe is a psychedelic drug and a derivative of 2c-I. It is commonly dripped on blotter or snorted. It was discovered in 2003 but did not become popular recreationally until 2010. It is popular online and one of the most common mimics of LSD. Overdoses have been reported due to it being mistaken as LSD and taken in high doses, as it is more potent than LSD. It causes visuals, euphoria, and bizarre thought patterns.

3. Methylone

Methylone, also known as “M1”, is a central nervous system stimulant, amphetamine, and cathinone. Cathinones are drugs similar to a stimulating chemical found in the plant called Khat found in Africa and Asia. The drug is similar to MDMA in structure but is less psychedelic and more stimulating. It causes euphoria, high energy, and empathy. It was first sold in Europe as a “room odorizer” that was labeled “not for human consumption” but became popular at raves and dance clubs. . It was one of the first drugs to start the wave of drugs referred to as “bath salts” which includes many cathinone drugs. It is commonly snorted, swallowed, or injected.

2. Mephedrone

Commonly referred to as “drone”, “m-cat”, “white magic” or “meow meow”, this drug is a synthetic stimulant, amphetamine, and cathinone. Mephedrone causes similar effects to MDMA, cocaine, and amphetamines. It causes euphoria, sexual stimulation, and empathy. It can be taken by mouth, snorted, injected, or smoked. Common side effects are teeth grinding and elevated body temperature. This is another drug in the family of “bath salts”. In 2012 this drug became illegal along with all other cathinones.

1. Alpha-PVP

Alpha-PVP, known as “flakka” or “gravel”, is the most powerful and recent of the cathinone family. It is known by the media as “bath salts” but more formally is a research chemical, or “designer drug”. The drug is a stimulant and is known for its common adverse side effects that include bizarre behavior, paranoia, psychosis, hallucinations, delusions, and suicide or violence. The drug is popular on the internet and gained popularity on the street in Florida because of its cheap cost and abundance. Often users will go on binges and stay up for days, which is also a contributor to psychosis. In 2014 it was listed by the DEA for temporary ban, but is permanently a Schedule I substance in 5 states. The drug is typically mass produced in China and ordered over the internet. Because of criticism by the United States, China listed it as Schedule I substance in 2015.

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