Flakka (A-PVP) is a synthetic stimulant of the cathinone class,It’s a strong stimulant with a significant amount of euphoria.Alpha-pyrrolidinovalerophenone – also known as α–PVP, alpha–PVP, gravel, flakka or niff – is one of a number of recreational drugs in the ‘bath salts’
A new synthetic drug called Flakka, or alpha–PVP, can lead to violent delusions, superhuman strength and death in those who overdose.
Effects of Flakka (A-PVP)
Euphoria, increased energy/alertness, Decreased need for sleep, Increased sociability, mood lift, increase sexuality, Excessive talking, Decreased appetite, Weight loss, Sweating, Distrubed sleep patterns, Bruxia, Visual and audiotory hallucinations itchiness, agressiveness, moodiness.
What is Flakka (A-PVP) made of?
Flakka is made from a compound called alpha-PVP, a chemical cousin of cathinone, the amphetamine-like drug found in bath salts.
Here’s the worst part: While the active ingredient in bath salts was officially banned in 2011, its newer relative, alpha-PVP, was not.
That means it is legal in any state without its own ban.
What does it Flakka (A-PVP)?
Like cathinone, alpha-PVP is a type of stimulant, colloquially called an “upper.” Uppers are linked with feelings of euphoria, enhanced alertness and wakefulness, and increased movement — all symptoms that are similar to those experienced by people on other drugs like amphetamines or cocaine.
Since A-PVP or flakka is so new, researchers aren’t sure exactly how it affects the brain, or how addictive it is.
For now, they can only guess by looking at how its chemical cousins, like cocaine and amphetamines, work. These drugs cause a surge in two chemicals: the feel-good chemical dopamine (responsible for the euphoric sensations) and norepineprhine (which raises heart rate and blood pressure and can make us more alert).
Like cocaine and meth, flakka comes with a comedown, the period when the drug leaves the body and the person is left feeling fatigued or depressed. This sensation often results in users returning to the drug to get rid of the negative comedown feeling, jump-starting a cycle of use that can lead to abuse. Also like cocaine and meth, the drug may alter brain chemistry in a way that makes users require a larger and larger dose to get the same high.
Excessive use has been linked with feelings of extreme anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations. Like with bath salts, people have also reported dozens of episodes of violent behavior in people on flakka.
At high doses, flakka may also cause the body to reach high temperatures (bath salts have been linked with the same symptom). This excessive temperature can lead to severe physical complications like kidney damage and muscle breakdown.