|Common names||PPAP, Phenylpropylaminopentane|
|Routes of Administration|
(-)-1-Phenyl-2-propylaminopentane (also known as (-)-PPAP and N,α-dipropylphenethylamine) is a stimulant of the substituted phenethylamine class and a derivative of Selegiline. It is mainly considered as a nootropic and research chemical.
PPAP is classified as a monoaminergic activity enhancer that stimulates the impulse propagation mediated transmitter release of the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain. Unlike stimulants such as amphetamine, which release a flood of monoamine neurotransmitters in an uncontrolled manner, PPAP instead only increases the amount of neurotransmitters that get released when a neuron is stimulated by receiving an impulse from a neighbouring neuron. Both amphetamine and (-)-PPAP promote the release of monoamines and deuteramines, however while amphetamine causes neurons to dump neurotransmitter stores into the synapse regardless of external input, PPAP does not influence the pattern of neurotransmitter release and instead releases a larger amount of neurotransmitters than normal.
Clinical trials of PPAP indicate a low toxicity and a lack of typical stimulant-related side effects. The preferred daily dosage was described as being between 10 mg to 150 mg, with a particular suitability at 30 mg. The long-term risks of PPAP intake have yet to be studied in detail.
In comparison to traditional stimulants such as amphetamine, this compound induces an experience which is far less forceful, recreational and euphoric. Although in comparison to modafinil it is usually considered to be more mood-lifting and energetic. Unlike for most other stimulants, the expressiveness of PPAP effects are somehow dependent on set and setting due to it's unique pharmacological activity.
Disclaimer: The effects listed below cite the Subjective Effect Index (SEI), a literature based on anecdotal reports and the personal experiences of PsychonautWiki contributors. As a result, they should be treated with a healthy amount of skepticism. It is worth noting that these effects will not necessarily occur in a consistent or reliable manner, although higher doses are more likely to induce the full spectrum of effects. Likewise, adverse effects become much more likely with higher doses and may include serious injury or death.
- Stimulation - In terms of its effects on the user's physical energy levels, PPAP is commonly considered to be stimulating and energetic, but can be considered as less stimulating when compared to amphetamine and methylphenidate, but similar or stronger than that of modafinil and caffeine.
- Spontaneous physical sensations - The "body high" of PPAP is fairly pronounced even in moderate doses, although less intense than that of amphetamine.
- Increased heart rate
- Dehydration - Dehydration and dry mouth commonly occur due to an increase in motivation to engage in physical activities as well as an increased sense of focus which causes one to forget to drink water.
- Appetite suppression
- Increased perspiration
- Stamina enhancement
Toxicity and harm potential
The toxicity and long-term health effects of recreational PPAP use do not seem to have been studied in any scientific context and the exact toxic dosage is unknown. This is because PPAP has very little history of human usage. Anecdotal evidence from people who have tried PPAP within the community suggest that there do not seem to be any negative health effects attributed to simply trying this drug at low to moderate doses by itself and using it sparingly (but nothing can be completely guaranteed).
The LD50 of PPAP in rats is 270 mg/kg p.o.
It is strongly recommended that one use harm reduction practices when using this drug.
Tolerance and addiction potential
The chronic use of PPAP can be considered as mildly addictive with a low potential for abuse. It may be capable of causing psychological dependence among certain users due to it's nature to potentiate effects of other stimulants.
Tolerance to many of the effects of PPAP develops with prolonged and repeated use. This results in users having to administer increasingly large doses to achieve the same effects. Anecdotal evidence from people who have tried PPAP within the community suggest that tolerance develops less rapidly than most of other stimulants (amphetamine, caffeine).
Although many psychoactive substances are reasonably safe to use on their own, they can quickly become dangerous or even life-threatening when combined with other substances. The list below includes some known dangerous combinations (although it cannot be guaranteed to include all of them). Independent research (e.g. Google, DuckDuckGo) should always be conducted to ensure that a combination of two or more substances is safe to consume. Some interactions listed have been sourced from TripSit.
- 25x-NBOMe & 25x-NBOH - Members of the 25x family are highly stimulating and physically straining. Combinations with stimulants should be avoided due to the risk of excessive stimulation. This can result in panic attacks, thought loops, seizures, increased blood pressure, vasoconstriction, and heart failure in extreme cases.
- Alcohol - Alcohol can be dangerous to combine with stimulants due to the risk of accidental over-intoxication. Stimulants mask the sedative effects of alcohol, which is the main factor people use to assess their degree of intoxication. Once the stimulant wears off, the depressant effects of alcohol are left unopposed, which can result in blackouts and respiratory depression. If combined, one should strictly limit themselves to only drinking a certain amount of alcohol per hour.
- DXM - Combinations with DXM should be handled with extreme care due to DXM's effects on serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake. This can lead to panic attacks, hypertensive crisis, or serotonin syndrome with stimulants that increase levels of serotonin (MDMA, methylone, mephedrone, etc.). Monitor blood pressure carefully and avoid strenuous physical activity.
- MDMA - The neurotoxic effects of MDMA may be increased when combined with other stimulants. There is also a risk of excessive heart strain.
- MXE - Combinations with MXE may dangerously elevate blood pressure and increase the risk of psychosis.
- Stimulants - PPAP can be potentially dangerous in combination with other stimulants as they can increase one's heart rate and blood pressure to dangerous levels.
- Cocaine - This combination may increase strain on the heart.
- Tramadol - Tramadol lowers the seizure threshold. Combinations with stimulants may further increase this risk.
- MAOIs - This combination may increase the amount of neurotransmitters such as dopamine to dangerous or even fatal levels. Examples include syrian rue, banisteriopsis caapi, and some antidepressants.
- MDMA - The neurotoxic effects of MDMA may be increased when combined with other stimulants.
- United States: PPAP has no schedule assigned to it in the U.S., making it unregulated and therefore legally available for anyone in the country to buy, possess and use.
- United Kingdom: It is illegal to produce, supply, or import this drug under the Psychoactive Substance Act, which came into effect on May 26th, 2016.
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- Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 (Legislation.gov.uk) | http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2016/2/contents/enacted