Classification: Sympathomimetic stimulant
Common Names/Nicknames: Ephedra, herbal ecstasy
Active Compound: Ephedrine
Found in: Synthetic ephedrine, plants of the Ephedra family, ephedrine tea
Mode of Consumption: Ingestion, injection
DEA Scheduling/Legal Status (in US): Schedule IV, legal with restrictions (only for bronchodilatory uses)
Bronchodilation, increased energy, restlessness, anorexia, mania, hallucinations
Acute: Increased heart rate, hypertension, hyperthermia, dehydration, accidental injury, seizures, cardiac arrest, stroke, coma, fatal overdose
Chronic: addiction, tolerance, withdrawal, depression, infertility, heart damage
Insufflation: nasal septum damage. Inhalation (smoking): lung damage.
Dangerous Drug Combinations:
Potentially fatal combination with other stimulants, depressants/sedatives, and seizure medications. Potentially dangerous mix with acetaminophen/paracetamol (Brand names: Tylenol, Triaminic, Panadol) and medications with risk of seizure.
Special Considerations:
Found increasingly in conjunction with methylenedioxypyrovalerone.


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Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy (Third Edition), by Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Swartzwelder, andWilkie Wilson. Published 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institute of Health (NIH) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.nida.nih.gov/DrugPages/ 
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), part of the U.S.Department of Justice. http://www.justice.gov/dea/
Erowid Organization http://www.erowid.org/