Wednesday, 29th March 2017




Q - I am very sorry to trouble you, I am looking for information on the precise legal status of certain compounds, legally available in the US, in the UK. e.g. 2,5-Dimethoxy-4-(n)-propylthiophethylamine hcl, or 2CT7, 2CT2N,N-Dipropyltryptamine hcl 'DPT' 5-Methoxy-alphamethyltryptamine '5 MEO-AMT' and a few others and I was wondering where to get accurate legal information on them.

A - Most Tryptamines and Phenethylamines are covered by 'catch-all' clauses in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, Schedule 2 part 1 (b & c) - as amended from time to time.

(b) any compound...structurally derived from tryptamine or from a ring-hydroxy tryptamine by substitution at the nitrogen atom of the sidechain with one or more alkyl substituents but with no other substituent.

(c) any compound...structurally derived from phenethylamine (or several alkyl-phenethylamines) by substitution in the ring to any extent with alkyl, alkoxy, alkylenedioxy or halide substituents, whether or not further substituted in the ring by one or more univalent substituents.

Taking your compounds in turn: 2CT2 (Shulgin #40) - This may well be caught by (c), although the sulphur atom should arguably cause it to fall outside the legislation. A borderline case. Note there was more recent revision of the prohibited list around 18 months ago, this compound may or may not have been specified within that list (which I do not currently have to hand).

nn-dipropyl tryptamine - this clearly falls within (b), and is a class A drug - the propyl groups are alkyl substitutents.

5-Methoxy-alphamethyltryptamine '5 MEO-AMT' - this also appears to fall within (b) as a class A drug, although it is unclear whether the methoxy substituent would rule it out.

I hope this information is helpful. You should ask the Home Office or Forensic Science Service for a definitive answer - but you could run the risk of any currently 'legal' compound being added to the next update of the schedules