Mephedrone, m-cat, MCAT, meow, meow-meow, plant food/feeder, call it what you like, is part of the amphetamine family and is an upper (stimulant).
Mephedrone is a powerful stimulant and, is often compared to other stimulants like MDMA and cocaine. It is commonly used in Chemsex and clubbing. It comes in white powder, coarse and crystal-like, which is crushed into a powder to make it easier to consume. It can also come as a mustard/custard coloured cream.
There are several ways mephedrone is consumed. The time it takes for it to enter your body can vary depending on the method you use.
People using mephedrone can expect to have feelings of euphoria, alertness, and affection towards others. You may find yourself talking a lot, becoming very confident and developing increased assuredness in the sex you are having. Mephedrone can also make you sensitive to touch and very sexually aroused. When you are high on it you may also feel anxious or on edge. It can also make you sweat or give you heart palpitations to the extent where it feels like your heart is jumping out of your chest.
Like the other drugs used in Chemsex, many men feel mephedrone enhances their sexual experience, with men reporting that it makes them more turned on, confident and ‘driven’ to have sex. Other effects include:
Although mephedrone was originally referred to as a legal high and widely available, it does not mean that it is without its risks. The long-term assessment of mephedrone is not clear, but as researchers gather more information from men who use it, we are becoming aware of some negative outcomes from its use:
Mephedrone can impact your health especially in the hours and days that follow its use. Many guys report loss of memory and cannot remember the sex they had when they were high on it. This has led to sex acts taking place or images being taken without consent. The way some act can be out of character, doing things and taking risks they would not normally take. The stimulating effect of mephedrone can result in a lack of sleep for days after. Other guys report they feel depressed afterwards, especially when they are on a comedown.
The affect that mephedrone has on those who take HIV medication, and PrEP, is still under research. This means you should be cautious if you use mephedrone while taking HIV medication. Most HIV and sexual health doctors have a good understanding of ChemSex drugs and their use, so it is worth talking to them for further information.