2C-B is a synthetic psychoactive substance of the phenethylamine family. Described as a stimulant, empathogen, hallucinogen, and psychedelic, the compound is often compared to LSD and MDMA—though it’s not quite the same as either. It’s most commonly found as a powder, tablet, or capsule.
2C-B has been used as an aphrodisiac, entheogen, dance drug, ecstasy adulterant, and psychotherapeutic aid. However, it has yet to gain widespread acceptance and it has been banned in most countries since the mid-1990s.
In his book PiHKAL (Phenethylamines I Have Known And Loved), the legendary psychopharmacologist and author Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin named 2C-B one of the six most important phenethylamines for healing trauma.