Ethylone is a synthetic designer drug having stimulant, psychedelic and entactogen properties. Ethylone on administration produces feelings of energy, sympathy, and empathy while at the same time the patient also experiences cognitive and delusional effects. Ethylone is related to methylone though it is less potent in comparison to methylone. The drug first made its appearance in the United States in the year 2011 when it was found in the cathinone products. Ever since little data has become available suggesting its use by human beings. The drug is suspected to be used by people for various purposes due to its nature and family.
Ethylone is also known as 3, 4-methylenedioxy-N-ethylcathinone, MDEC and βk-MDEA. It belongs to the family of phenethylamine, amphetamine and cathinone class of drugs. It is also related to Methylone drug having structural similarities. Ethylone has stimulant nature as it acts on the central nervous system of the body in order to produce euphoric effects.
It is recommended that the drug may be kept in cool and humid less atmosphere. High storage temperature or humidity can affect the condition of the drug. Measures should be taken in order to keep the drug from mixing with impurities.
Ethylone, or 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-ethylcathinone, is a synthetic molecule of the cathinone family. Cathinones are structurally similar to amphetamines in that they contain a phenethylamine core featuring a phenyl ring bound to an amino (NH2) group through an ethyl chain with an additional methyl substitution at Rα. Cathinones such as ethylone are alpha-methylated phenethylamines (i.e. amphetamines) but differ from them with the addition of a ketone functional group (a carbonyl group at Rβ). Ethylone contains an ethyl substitution at RN, a substitution which is shared with drugs like MDEA, 4-MEC, and certain other stimulants and entactogens. Additionally, ethylone contains substitutions at R3 and R4 of the phenyl ring with oxygen groups. These oxygen groups are incorporated into a methylenedioxy ring through a methylene chain. Ethylone shares this methylenedioxy ring with MDA, MDAI and MDMA.