When it comes to research chemicals, nothing rings bells like Etizolam.
It’s been around for decades, but has only recently gained popularity as a recreational drug, similar to Xanax.
In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about this unique substance, including:
- What It Is
- How It Works
- The Benefits
- The Side Effects
And, of course, I’ll share my personal experience with Etizolam as well. You can think of this article as what’s missing when you google “Etizolam”.
The science AND the anecdotal evidence.
So, if you’re ready to learn just about everything there is to know about Etizolam, keep reading…
What Is Etizolam?
Etizolam is a drug which belongs to a class of chemicals known as Thienodiazepines. Such chemicals are closely related to the more commonly known Benzodiazepines which includes drugs like:
- Alprozolam (Xanax)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin)
- Lorozepam (Ativan)
There are many other benzos out there, but these are the most well-known and commonly prescribed.
Chemically, Etizolam looks like this:
Functionally, it’s pretty similar to benzodiazepines. We’ll get into what that means in the Effect section below, but basically what we have here is an unscheduled drug which is so similar to benzos that even regular users of drugs like xanax and klonopin may not notice much of a difference.
Etizolam was originally developed in Japan in the early 1980’s as a treatment for anxiety and insomnia. Currently, it’s a prescription drug in Japan, India, and Italy.
It remains unscheduled in the rest of the world, including the US and UK.
This has led to an explosion in recreational use of the drug, as there is no federal law banning its sale, distribution, or use.
We’ll get more into the legal aspect of Etizolam a little further down (in the Legality section), but first, let’s talk about how this unique drug actually effects.
What Are The Benefits Of Etizolam?
Like similar drugs (benzodiazepines), Etizolam has been shown to:
Research also indicates that Etizolam produces an anti-depressant effect that is greater than that of Alprozolam (Xanax) or Bromazepam (another benzo that isn’t very popular anymore).
Thienodiazepines in general are also used for their muscle relaxant effects, making Etizolam a popular choice among people who suffer from muscle stiffness, pain, or spasms.
How Does Etizolam Work?
Etizolam, like all benzodiazepines, works primarily on GABA receptors.
In other words, it slows your brain down.
You see, on a fundamental level, anxiety is simply the rapid firing of neurons. That translates to over-thinking, stressing, and freaking out about things that probably aren’t worth freaking out about.
Anything that acts on GABA receptors is most likely going to have some kind of anxiolytic effect, but it just so happens that Etizolam is particularly potent in this regar
In terms of dosage, it’s roughly as potent as Alprazolam (Xanax) and has extremely similar effects.
Etizolam is rapidly absorbed with peak concentrations being reached in the 30 minute to 2 hour range. It has a half-life of about 6 hours, meaning most people will feel the effects for at least several hours.
For people who use Etizolam to go to sleep, sleep better, or sleep longer, this may translate into some grogginess the next day. When taken during the day, drowsiness is non uncommon, as is the case with pretty much anything that acts on GABA receptors.
What Are The Side Effects Of Etizolam?
Etizolam has been shown to be remarkably well-tolerated (safe) when used at normal doses. While there is some evidence which suggests the side effects are less severe than say, Xanax, it has its fair share of potential side effects.
- Drowsiness (more of a direct effect)
- Dependence (addiction)
- Impaired Motor Abilities
Of course, this is basically the same list of side effects which can happen with all benzodiazepines. Etizolam is no more likely to cause negative side effects than any other similar drug.
In fact, there is evidence to suggest that is is less addictive than benzodiazepines such as Xanax.
This may actually explain why it’s not pushed by pharmaceutical companies in like Xanax. Think about it like this…
If you sold drugs, would you rather sell an addictive substance, or a HIGHLY ADDICTIVE substance?
Assuming you had no morals (like pharmaceutical companies), you’d probably push the highly addictive substance.
Is Etizolam Addictive At All?
Yes, if taken too frequently, Etizolam can become an addiction. It’s definitely less addictive than what’s currently prescribed for anxiety in the US (Xanax), taking it everyday and then stopping can result in severe withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms are similar to those of benzos, including:
- trouble sleeping
- loss of appetite
- anxiety/panic attacks
- muscle spasms
So, it’s really no joke. Don’t think that because it’s unscheduled (in the US) that addiction isn’t an issue. If you take Etizolam every day (or every night), you may very well find yourself addicted.
Stopping immediately can then lead to the withdrawal symptoms listed above.
Is Etizolam Legal?
This is the interesting part…
Etizolam is unscheduled in the United States, meaning it isn’t classified as anything. At the federal level, it’s an unscheduled drug which means it’s entirely legal to possess, buy, or distribute for research purposes.
However, some states have taken the liberty to schedule Etizolam (most likely due to lobbying from pharma companies who see it as competition for the Xanax their pushing on people).
States which have banned the use of Etizolam include:
Some of these states have made Etizolam a Schedule I drug, meaning it has high abuse potential, while others have made it schedule IV (relatively low on the spectrum of potential abuse).
The fact that it remains unscheduled at the federal level, however, has opened up a massive gray area whereby anyone can order it on the internet legally under the assumption they are using it for research purposes only.
Of course, most people buying Etizolam aren’t giving it to rats and studying the effects; they’re just taking it themselves. But that’s the government we have here in the US.
Until it becomes a big enough issue for congress to actually talk about, it’s up to each individual state as to whether it’s legal or illegal.
So far, it remains legal in most states.
My Personal Experience With Etizolam (I’ve Got Plenty)
Now for the part you’ve been waiting for…
I’m pretty candid when it comes to my drug use. To be honest, I don’t like drugs that slow me down. As I explained pretty thoroughly in my article on Focalin, I’m no stranger to drugs that help you get stuff done.
So why then, you might ask, would I want anything to do with Etizolam?
Well, when you run a company pretty much single-handed, while trying to juggle a relationship, friendships (yeah right), and family life (again, yeah right), things can get pretty stressful.
I’ve had prescriptions for Xanax and Klonopin (both benzos which are similar in potency to Etizolam), and to tell you the truth I wasn’t really a fan. Sure, they knock you out at the end of a stressful day, but they don’t help you get much done.
When I take drugs like Adderall or Focalin to help me get 48 hours worth of work done in 24 hours, they leave me all jittery and anxious.
I first tried Etizolam after reading about it as a legal (research chemical) alternative to the more commonly prescribed benzos for anxiety and stress.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Etizolam was the fact that it is a prescription medication in countries like Japan, India, and Italy. This adds an element of legitimacy that other research chemicals (there are a ton out there) lack entirely.
Most of these chemicals are cooked up in underground labs by who knows using methods that aren’t exactly “textbook chemistry”.
Etizolam, on the other hand, is produced by pharmaceutical companies and is subject to testing for things like identity, purity, potency, and harmful additives.
Since it’s entirely legal to buy and possess where I live, I decided to give the it a shot.
How Etizolam Affects Me Personally
Etizolam is perhaps the only anxiety drug that doesn’t knock me out, and I can actually take it during the day (long, stressful days) and still get things done.
In fact, I’m on a couple mg right now and it doesn’t compromise my ability to write, read, think, or get my point across.
It just eases the tension, removes any anxiety I may be feeling, and when it’s time to go to sleep, it’s lights out!
I’ll be honest though…
I have pushed it to the limit in terms of both dosage and frequency and I can tell you first-hand, the more you take and the more frequently you take it, the more likely you are to become physically addicted.
Withdrawal is a bitch. You don’t want to go through it.
One time, I took Lams for a three months straight, everyday, just to see what would happen (I like to experiment), and when I tried to stop it was NOT FUN. I couldn’t eat, sleep, or get anything done.
Trust me, you don’t want to end up there. And if you do end up there, you want to taper yourself off, just like a doctor would with any other addictive medication. No medical professional will ever recommend going ‘cold turkey’, especially off anything that’s related to a benzo.
These days, I keep a supply of Etizolam on deck for emergencies, but I find I don’t need it much.
As far as I’m concerned, Etizolam is a cross between Xanax and Klonopin. I like it better than either of those drugs and the fact that it’s less addictive is a plus.
I don’t use it often, but when I do, it always does the trick. No anxiety. No stress. Just a calm, functional state of relaxation.
Where To Buy Etizolam
Etizolam is available from a wide range of research chemical websites, both domestic and abroad. Of course, as with any gray area research chemical, there are a ton of scams out there, so source is everything.
You can scan reddit to find reliable research-chemical vendors, many of which stock Etizolam. Some require that you pay in Bitcoins (sketchy), while others accept credit cards (not so sketchy).
I strongly recommend, to avoid getting ripped off, that you go with a vendor who accepts major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) so that in the event that you don’t get what you paid for you can simply dispute it with the credit card company.
Trust me, as someone who’s been selling supplements for years, nobody wants to deal with chargebacks. I’m fortunate that I sell legal supplements in an up-front manner (money back guarantee), so I don’t have to deal with them often, but I would imagine it happens pretty frequently in these types of gray market areas.
Some reliable Etizolam vendors include:
There are probably plenty of other reliable vendors out there, but these are the ones that I know for a fact are legit (because I’ve ordered from them).
The last thing you want is for someone to take your money and not send you the product. There’s really nothing you can do about that if it does happen.
For every reliable vendor, there are about 100 fraudsters who seem super legit but are really just in it to scam as many people as they can before closing up shop and doing it all over again under a different name.
Do your research before purchasing.
The Bottom Line
Unless you live in one of the few states in which it’s banned, Etizolam is like legal Xanax. There’s really not much of a difference in terms of effects, pharmacology, or dosing.
Research shows that they’re basically the same thing.
The only real difference is one requires a prescription (Xanax) and one can easily (and legally) be ordered on the internet (Etizolam).
Make no mistake though…
Etizolam is some powerful stuff!
If you take it every day, you will almost certainly find yourself addicted. If you’re going to give it a shot, make sure you use a reliable vendor and DO NOT take it every day, only when needed.