Legally, there are only two valid uses of research chemicals. These are for:
- Medical research purpose. To create new medicines that can alleviate various medical conditions without the negative effects that the actual or existing drugs are causing to the users. Many of these research chemicals have similar structures as those of psychoactive drugs such as stimulants, psychedelics, sedatives and cannabinoids.
- Scientific research purpose. To advance scientific findings on different fields that would improve the condition of plants, animals and man, in general. One recent focus is scheduled chemicals. As these chemicals have almost the same composition as research chemicals, possible results of the researches can lead to prevention or eradication of chemical warfare in the future.
The use of these substances is limited on the following premises:
- Extreme caution should be observed when using them. Why? Research chemicals have no established short and long-term safety profiles. Further studies are needed to confirm the nature, actions, safety and benefits of the said chemicals.
- Experiments or researches that are being conducted using research chemicals should only be performed inside a laboratory. It is not necessarily within a big building, though. Home laboratories are deemed acceptable.
- They are not to be used on human or animals.
Research chemicals can be obtained via online and offline shops. It is not therefore surprising that other uses for them have emerged. Here are some of them:
- Food for the plants.
- Spray for bugs.
- Traps for rats and other rodents.
- Bath salts.
- Various experiments.
There are many reports of people consuming research chemicals. However, no go-signal has ever been given, whether by government or private sectors, for human consumption of research chemicals up to this day.