Phenylethylamine and other tryptamines are a class of drugs that have become quite popular in recent times. Many individuals are turning to them for the ability to become energized without the jitters often experienced with caffeine and some other drugs. Also, many people use them as a recreational drug.

Phenethylamine is a tryptamine that is a partial alpha-amine type of neurotransmitter. This is the same class as many antidepressants such as clomiphene citrate (clomiphene) and alprazolam (alprazolam). This is also the same class as other neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. Their function as strong stimulants means that they are able to increase heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate.

The major difference between Phenylethylamine and other stimulant class medications is that it does not produce immediate euphoria. It produces a feeling of alertness, which is often associated with amphetamines. The dopamine in amphetamines increases alertness but does not give the person a “high” as does phenethylamine. They are both able to relieve a person’s drowsy state but not as dramatically as if someone were to ingest a full dose of either amphetamine or LSD. Both can produce a buzz that can stay around for hours on end. Some individuals may find them so enjoyable they continue to use them long after they’ve done their “work”.

Phenethylamine and Other Neurotransmitters

Phenethylamine also shares its major effect with other neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine. It does not function quite as quickly as either of these neurotransmitters but it can still produce strong effects on the brain. The speed at which it affects the brain is dependent on the concentration and the intensity of the drug. When present in relatively low concentrations in most recreational drugs such as methamphetamine, lysergic acid diethylamide, and speed are able to produce fairly strong effects in a person’s system.

Phenethylamine and Its Visual Effects.


Phenethylamine has been shown to produce a wide range of visual effects both through direct physical contact and through indirect physical and mental means. The level and intensity of the effects experienced from a single ingestion will depend on the amount of phenethylamine ingested, and their duration over time. For example, when a person consumes a single dose of Phenylethylamine they may immediately experience visual illusions, shimmering, or changing colors. However, in higher doses, the Phenethylamine can produce the sensation of seeing starbursts, fire, or streaks of light. These effects can vary widely between individuals.

Common Side Effects of Phenethylamine

One of the more common and more harmful side effects of Phenylethylamine is the build-up of drowsiness, mild confusion, and sleepiness. While this side effect can be potentially dangerous at higher dosages, it typically only lasts for a short period of time. Individuals who take Phenethylamine in lower dosages often report feeling no adverse effects whatsoever. Many other drugs with similar structures and chemical structures as Phenethylamine are also known to produce subjective effects that can range from mild to moderately dangerous.

There have been a number of reports of Phenethylamine causing panic attacks in some individuals. Some individuals who experience this condition claim that they began to feel uncomfortable and out of sorts following the consumption of small amounts of phenethylamine. Others have claimed that they began to feel anxious and began having racing heart rates and began to sweat. However, there is no definitive evidence to support these claims. It has been theorized that these Phenethylamine user’s experiences are likely due to the speed of absorption through the bloodstream and thus may not necessarily be indicative of a true Phenethylamine overdose.

Phenethylamine and Users: There is currently no guideline on the recommended maximum daily dosage of Phenethylamine for use by adults or by pregnant and breastfeeding women. Many users have reported that overuse of Phenethylamine can lead to a combination of anxiety, panic attacks, and a general sense of mental disorientation. As with all recreational drugs, Phenethylamine is illegal, and the recommended age to take Phenethylamine is 18 years old.