News & Updates | German 1V-LSD Ban 2022
In this article, we explore the expected 1V-LSD ban in Germany, explaining what we know...
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1V-LSD – known informally as “Valerie” and technically as 1-valeroyl-lysergic acid diethylamide hemi-L-tartrate – is an analogue and presumed prodrug of LSD; meaning it is assumed to be metabolized into LSD-25 upon ingestion.
On July 2nd 2021, the German government broadened their NpSG Act to include 1cP-LSD, making it effectively illegal to import and trade the substance. Just several hours later, a lab in the Netherlands (all hail our Lizardy Saviours) announced the arrival of a new lysergamide – 1V-LSD – that (coincidentally) circumvented this new law. Since then, Valerie has grown in popularity significantly and has already become a widely researched and respected chemical in her own right.
1V-LSD is assumed to work pharmacologically the same as good ol’ LSD-25; which is to say that its main method of action is as a partial agonist of multiple 5-HT receptors. These receptors – more commonly known as serotonin receptors – are largely responsible for feelings of happiness, optimism, and connection. The psychedelic effects of 1V-LSD are presumed to come primarily from agonism of the 5-HT2A receptor specifically.
LSD also shows efficacy at the dopamine and norepinephrine receptors. These receptors not only control the brain’s motivation and reward systems but are also key in the process of neuroplasticity (effectively – a persons’ ability to “rewire” their brain), which one could speculate is the reason why 1V-LSD (and other LSD derivatives) often produce changes in the user’s psychological state that last much longer than the acute psychedelic experience itself.
So how does 1V-LSD actually make us feel? It is still early days so the number of trip reports is limited and since there haven’t been any clinical trials on the use of 1V-LSD, we have to rely on the small number of subjective experiences. While trip reports vary (as is always the case with psychedelics), there are some common effects you can often expect from 1V-LSD:
“At this point, the experience is mostly stimulation. My limbs are shaking, a distinct sense of buzzing and high-frequency vibration starts to work its way through my body”
Once again referring to Nervewing’s post:
“Effects feel as though they are cresting and crashing over, glistening tracers follow my every movement, blurring my field of vision with buzzing neon outlines that reverberate into disintegration. The visual intensity has welled up so suddenly that I almost forget my discomforts. Everything shakes and wobbles as beams of light trace their way across every edge and vertex and line in my sight like fluorescent veins or vines pulsing and breathing to intensify their grip on my surroundings, gently and amiably. Patterns start to form on the walls, infinite reliefs reminiscent of Mesoamerican art, twisting and interlocking and fringed by a gentle green and pink glow that ripples through space. I am encased in a heavenly amethyst temple. There is a density to the visuals like the world sags under the weight of their fervor. It is an ocean swirling with life, every cubic centimeter packed with bustling psychedelic plankton swirling and weaving among each other in dense blocks of patterned, all-consuming life force from the violet core of the earth.”
And as Reddit user /u/Pappenmeister describes:
“I noticed changes in almost all objects. The street looked like it was made of small grey stacked coins. My phone in particular looked very different. All the buttons and apps on my screen looked like they were animated. All the letters wiggled back and forth and it looked like someone was repainting the letters with a lighter shade of white.”
In a trip report from Reddit user /u/FrazzledGod (I highly recommend checking out his entire post!), he eloquently and vividly describes the different states 1V-LSD can lead a person through:
“I had been laughing a lot at random internet stuff as well as at my own mental fabrications but the 1V made me aware of some repressed feelings of loneliness and pain which presented themselves like lightning strikes whenever I made associations between memories, alternating between happy, beautiful, heart breaking etc. In short moments of sadness I let my tears flow and allowed myself to be with the feeling of grief intently, without lingering too long. This is why I find LSD and its analogues to be so therapeutic sometimes. There is a ruthless directness to it. Things aren’t sugar coated. It is just raw honesty. Maybe at times I felt slightly detached from my feelings and emotions whereas I might otherwise feel too identified with them, so this was useful and much needed.”
As with all psychedelics, set and setting are absolutely key to having the kind of experience you are looking for. So what is set and setting?
While spontaneous psychedelic trips can certainly be fun, in order to maximize the chance that you have a positive experience (and to minimize the chance of a bad trip), I generally recommend putting some thought into how, where, and with whom you’re going to trip.
Important things to note:
News has been received today (20-02-2022) that 1V-LSD will be banned in Germany in the summer of 2022, likely in June. Lizard Labs stated in their newsletter:
We’ve recently received information from a reliable source that the German narcotics committee are working on a ban to include 1V-LSD in the NpSG. Although the draft law has not yet been published, we expect that it will be published and approved around June this year.
The fact that it has only taken one year for the German government to ban 1V-LSD is not a good signal for the future of lysergamides in Germany. Typically, a ban like this takes around 2 years to take effect; this will have only taken one year. Similar to the previous ban of 1cP-LSD, after 1V-LSD is added to the NpSG it will be illegal to purchase and import,
Lizard Labs have stated that they’re “on the lookout for a suitable successor” but they’re “not optimistic” that they’ll succeed this time, as the number of potential legal LSD analogues grows smaller and the ban hammer comes down more quickly.
1V-LSD can be bought online from a large variety of research chemical websites. Just make sure you buy 1V-LSD from a reputable vendor. You can read more about how to find a legitimate RC vendor in this “How to buy research chemicals” guide.
You can also buy 1V-LSD at Chemical Collective. Make sure to be careful and to do your own research before deciding to purchase research chemicals online. If you are unsure about the purity or quality of the product, make sure to request the NMR results.
Written by Dr. Rick Dagless MD | Guest Blogger at Chemical Collective
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