PMA and PMMA: Chemical | Organic composition

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PMA, its structural hybrid PMMA, and ecstasy are amphetamine derivatives. PMA and PMMA are structurally similar to methamphetamine but have effects more similar to ecstasy. PMMA and PMA only differ by the presence or absence respectively of one methyl group (CH3). There is no known distinction between the effects of PMA and PMMA in human beings. Of the two, PMA is the hybrid mainly found in the postmortem blood samples of overdose victims. PMA may be sold in pills mixed with other drugs such as ecstasy or in pure preparations. Some of the PMA pills that caused death contained no ecstasy at all. However, the pills on the black market lacking ecstasy are identical in appearance to ecstasy pills in size, color, and logos. The presence or absence of ecstasy in a pill can be tested for with a Marquis reagent testing kit sold over the Internet. In the presence of ecstasy the kit produces a dark blue color. PMA produces no color reaction with the kit. PMA tablets may or may not also contain ecstasy, so a positive result for ecstasy with the kit is not a safeguard against PMA poisoning. Only a chemist with sophisticated testing equipment can determine if a pill does contain PMA.

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