Most research chemicals are seen as new drugs, either completely new syntheses or chemicals which have previously lain dormant in the writings of Alexander Shulgin. However, some research chemicals have a much longer history of use in research, illicit and licit use.
AMT is one of these, having been originally discovered by the pharmaceutical manufacturing company Upjohn while researching novel anti-depressants. It saw particular study due to its properties as a MAOI; eventually, a similar drug (the alpha-ethylated homologue of AMT) was made available as an anti-depressant in the USA during the 60s as ‘Monase.’ Curiously, AMT itself was actually available as the anti-depressant ‘Indopan,’ sold in the Soviet Union between the 60s and the 80s, when it was phased out due to its tendency for interesting side-effects.
Being one of the new psychedelics developed around the 60s, it was included in several studies into the potential psychotherapeutic use of psychedelics along with the likes of psilocybin and LSD. Shulgin himself notes a curious coincidence in the disappearance of a research supply of the chemical, suggesting that recreational use of the drug may have occurred as early as the late 60s – though widespread use did not occur.
Since then, the drug remained in relative obscurity until the 90s, where several online pharmaceutical vendors sold the drug legally with use of the infamous clause ‘not for human consumption’ for as little as $50 a gram. It was available along with several other chemicals such as GHB, and could really be considered the birth of the Internet-borne research chemical movement.
This led to the drug being outlawed in the USA in 2003, though it remained largely legal in most parts of the world. As a result of this failure to ban the chemical worldwide, it has become a mainstay among Web-based research chemical vendors as the movement has grown massively in the first years of the 21st century.
The drug itself receives a wide variation in reports, being a very long-lasting mix between a psychedelic and a stimulant; its visual profile likened very much to LSD while also reported as carrying much more of an empathogenic feel than other psychedelics. Either way, it remains a popular fixture in the research chemical scene.
In 2014, more countries have moved to illegalise the chemical, and it has recently been recommended for scheduling in the UK.
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