2.3.11 a-PHP

a-PHP #

Common Nomenclature alpha-Pyrrolidinohexiophenone
Street & Reference Names PV-7; alpha-PHP; aphp
Reference Dosage Threshold 0.5mg+; Light 1mg+; Common 5mg+; Strong 15mg+; Heavy 25mg+ [Psychonautwiki]
Threshold 1mg+; Slight 3mg+; Normal 6mg+; Strong 15mg+; Very Strong 25mg+ [NeuePsychoaktiveSubstanzen]
Anticipated: Onset / Duration 2 Minutes / 5 Hours
Maximum Dose Experienced 50mg
Form Powder
RoA Insufflated
Source / Jurisdiction Dealer / Overseas


a-PHP was first synthesised in the 1960s, and became popular as a legal high following the ban on a-PVP early in 2014. It was itself scheduled in the US in 2019.

Wikipedia introduces it as follows: “α-Pyrrolidinohexiophenone is a longer chain homologue of α-PVP, having an extra carbon on the alkyl side chain. Regarding the potency of alpha-PHP in the brain, chemist Michael H. Baumann of the Designer Drug Research Unit (established by Baumann of the National Institute on Drug Abuse stated: “alpha-PHP might be even more potent than alpha-PVP”; this statement is based on laboratory tests of chemical reactivity.”

Given the lurid scenes shown of a-PVP (‘flakka’) victims across the news media, I approach its stronger sister with some hesitation. Internet reports certainly confirm that extreme care will need to be exercised. NeuePsychoaktiveSubstanzen for instance offers the following (translated) words of caution, amongst others:

Consumers who only know weaker upper like speed will be overwhelmed by the strong craving and the psychological side effects that a-PHP triggers and should stay away from this substance!

Paranoia, anxiety states & psychotic phases (“drug psychosis”) possible … the body load of alpha-PHP is perceived by the vast majority of users (especially in higher doses) as very unpleasant.”

Once an overdose has been taken, users find it extremely difficult to stop adding more and more, even if psychotic, schizophrenic symptoms have already occurred

With those words still ringing in my ears I place an absolute limit on my experimentation by separating 50mg from my supply and placing the rest totally out of reach.

After careful consideration I elect to initially dose in the middle of the common/normal range as specified by the harm reduction portals, rather than targeting the stronger band which I often edge towards. I prepare 20mg in lines of 2mg, 6mg, 6mg and 6mg. The idea here is to use the 2mg initially as a toe in the water, and then proceed with the larger lines, with the final line being optional. Use of the remaining 30mg will be dependent upon how the afternoon develops.

I clear my desk, take a deep breath, and prepare to launch.

T+0:00 I hoover the 2mg line with my right nostril. [12:30pm]. I will give it 5 minutes before taking any of the rest.

T+0.10 I feel warmer, a mild heady stimulation is underway. I snort the first 6mg line.

T+0.45 A heady glazy feel is now in place, not overly strong, but a bit whimsical in nature. I was really tired this morning and I can still feel that in the background, but I am warm and fairly contented. Horn is also in play but not overwhelming at this point.

T+1.00 There has been no significant change. I feel I can go heavier without being pulled out of control, so I snort the second 6mg line, bringing the total to 14mg.

T+1.40 I am in a pleasant zone. A weary edge to proceedings remains, but there is definite horn and the general stim-like headiness. I snort the last 6mg line with my left nostril.

T+3:00 I seem to be on a plateau, which is charged and positive, although I feel I can go higher and of course I have a strong desire for the ride to continue.

I prepare the last 30mg of my reduced stash and for better or worse over the next hour I snort my way through it. My higher brain knows I shouldn’t be doing this, but is aware that I do have a ceiling after this supply has gone.

T+4.00 I am very high but this has a slightly different character to amphetamine and methamphetamine. This is very much in the same ballpark, but the head space has a more rounded edge to it, in that there is a persistent dreamy-like background.

The sexual payload is also compelling and constant, and meal time comes and goes with no appetite or interest in food.

T+5.00 I remain highly stimmed and in a place from which I don’t want to leave in a hurry.

Having sensibly limited my supply I decide to depart my usual single-drug path and smoke some weed. The idea here is two fold. Firstly, to prolong and perhaps intensify the ride, and secondly, to hopefully enable a gentler comedown and a better night’s sleep.

T+7.00 The last couple hours have passed in a state of almost zombified bliss, with the cannabis having rounded the edges of the experience and taken it into a more internal dimension, less tuned to the physical world. I am tiring at this point, but now able to eat a healthy meal.

T+9:30 Although I feel that I am on the way down I am still extremely high, with most features still in situ. It is now 10pm, my usual bedtime, so I decide to retire in the interests of tomorrow.

I lay in bed for perhaps 30 minutes before taking 0.5mg of etizolam to help me on my way. This was a success, and I had a passable night’s sleep. I woke at my usual time in the morning, feeling somewhat dazed, but generally functional.

I take my usual recovery steps (food, fruit juice, walking, a couple of supplements and vitamins) to hopefully mitigate the anticipated downer of the next few days.

This was, as expected, very moreish, and without the fear factor engendered courtesy of research, I may well have careered into a more damaging binge. There’s no point in denying that it was a hugely enjoyable ride, and the temptations which lead some people into serious trouble were clearly evident. My precautions certainly helped, not least with respect to the aftermath.

If you intend to use this drug, despite its risks, it is vital that you do not skip any of the safety measures.