Dimethylheptylpyran or (DMHP) for short was discovered in 1949. This synthetic analogue of THC is a pale yellowish oil. The effects are similar to THC, but far more potent. The effects include sedation, analgesic, anticonvulsant, and a mild hallucinogenic effect.
- Sedation-induces calm or sleep.
- Analgesic-acts to reduce pain or sensitivity.
- Anticonvulsant-is used to eliminate or reduce the severity of epileptic seizures or other violent convulsions.
- Hallucinogenic- are capable of producing hallucinations.
- DMHP works in much the same way THC does. It produces the active metabolite 11-hydroxy-DMHP, but the lipophilicity is much higher. Increasing it’s duration and extending it’s half-life considerably, up to 20-40 hours.
- DMHP belongs to a class of drugs known as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are a large group of compounds that activate cannabinoid receptors, in the brain. These include endocannabinoids, phytocannabinoids, and synthetic cannabinoids.
- *Endocannabinoids- are natural cannabinoids produced inside the body of humans and animals.
- *Phytocannabinoids-are natural cannibinoids produced by plants such as cannabis.
- *Synthetic Cannabinoids-are artificially created compounds that act on the cannabinoid receptors in the brain’s of humans and animals.
-This family of drugs are normally quite safe, making them ideal as non-lethal incapacitating agents. Another plus for DMHP is that the accumulated toxicity levels were found to be quite low in humans, as well as laboratory animals. One of the most common side effects is hypo-tension; this effect is felt at low dosages. It can cause fainting, dizziness, ataxia, and muscle weakness.
-The US military once invested the possible use of DMHP as a possible non-lethal incapacitant. It was investigated extensively in the Edgewood Arsenal experiments,all volunteers of the program were incapacitated for a period of two to three days. The program was dropped because of the drug’s tendency to cause hypo-tension.
-Despite little public knowledge of DMHP illegal usage is growing. Avid users of marijuana and other illegal substances are more than willing to risk the minor side-effects that accompany the extended high that so similarly mirrors marijuana usage. Never the less over all illegal usage of the drug remains low, do to both ignorance of the drug, and the lower than average availability, of the drug. Recently many suppliers have taken advantage of the nonspecific laws regarding DMHP, so as to include it in a varied array of products, including but not limiter to incense and candles. Indiana currently has a proposed bill(1524) on the docket that will attempt to close those loop-wholes. The law will give the state the rite to immediately obtain records, revoke licenses, and issue arrest warrants for the sale or distribution of certain synthetic drugs.
-It’s odd that a drug that was initially researched by the military as a weapon could have so many varied uses, but like all drugs DMHP must be used legally and responsibly.