NBOMe (N-methoxybenzyl) is the name for a series of drugs that have hallucinogenic effects. Reports indicate that there are a number of different versions of NBOMe available – all with differing effects.
Hallucinogens also known as 'psychedelics' change the way a person perceives the world and can affect all the senses, altering a person's thinking, sense of time and emotions.
Due to the lack of formal research on NBOMes, the information in this article has been informed by anecdotal reports and case studies rather than scientific sources. This page will be regularly updated, as new information is produced.
Other names for NBOMes
N-Bomb, Bom-25, 2C-I-NBOMe, 25-I-NBOMe, 25I, Pandora, Solaris, Diviniation, wizard and Smiley Paper.2
There have been reports that NBOMes have also been included in some ecstasy pills.3
What do they look like?
NBOMes can be in the form of blotting paper (similar to LSD) with images and logos from popular culture, clear liquid, white powder or a pill. NBOMes have a very bitter taste whereas LSD has no taste.
How are they used?
Most forms of NBOMe are inactive if swallowed, and the most common methods of taking them are under the tongue, held in the cheek or snorted.2
There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk – even prescribed medications can produce unwanted side effects.
As no scientific studies have been conducted on the effects of NBOMes on humans, the following effects have been informed by reports from people who think they have used the drug.
Low to moderate doses of NBOMes can produce effects that last between 4 – 10 hours.4
NBOMes affects everyone differently, but reported effects have included:
There have also been reports of deaths as a result of car accidents, suicide and drownings.6
Using an NBOMe carries a high risk of overdose due to the small difference between the amount required to produce a 'high' and that which causes overdose. Not knowing the amount contained in the tablet or blotter increases the risk of overdose as it's easy to take too much.
As the use of NBOMes is relatively new, long term effects have not yet been established.
Taking an NBOMe with other drugs
The effects of mixing an NBOMe with other drugs, including alcohol, prescription medication and over-the-counter medicines are not known. However, reports of people attending emergency departments after taking an NBOMe demonstrate that alcohol and other drugs may contribute to overdose effects.
If your use of NBOMes is affecting your health, family, relationships, work, school, financial or other life situations, you should seek help and support.
Reducing the risks
1. Barratt, M. & Bright, S. (2013). Explainer: What is NBOMe.
2. Hill, S., Doris, T., Gurung, S., Katebe, S., Lomas, A., Dunn, M., Thomas, S. (2013) Severe clinical toxicity associated with analytically confirmed recreational use of 25I-NBOMe: case series, Clinical Toxicology 51(6), 487–492.
3. Gerstner-Stevens, J. (2013). Analysis results for Victorian seizures of emerging psychoactive substances and pharmacuetical opioids for 2012–13. Drug Trends Conference 2013. Melbourne: Victoria Police.
4. Zuba, D. et al. (2012). 25C-NBOMe — New potent hallucinogenic substance identified on the drug market, Forensic Science International.
5. Erowid. 201325I-NBOMe (2C-I-NBOMe) Effects.
6. Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (AMCD) 2013 'NBOMe' compounds: A review of the evidence of use and harm. United Kingdom: ACMD.
Last updated: 23 May 2016