Also Known As: Benzo Fury, 5-APB

Category: Stimulant

6-APB is a stimulant that is commonly marketed in the product ‘Benzo Fury’ and may act like amphetamines (such as speed) and like ecstasy. The key effects and risks of taking 6-APB are considered to be similar to both drugs. There is very little useful research into the short, medium and long-term effects of 6-APB on users. Hence, it is not possible for Know The Score to provide specific advice on any additional risks for 6-APB, beyond those of amphetamines and ecstasy.

‘Benzo Fury’ is sold in the form of coloured tablets or ‘pellets’, as a white or brown powder, or as variously coloured capsules. The appearance is not, however, a guarantee of content.

6-APB when sold as ‘Benzo Fury’ can be swallowed or snorted in lines. The powder version can also be rolled up in a cigarette paper and swallowed (‘bombed’).

6-APB is chemically similar to amphetamines (like speed) and to ecstasy, so it’s reasonable to assume that they have similar effects to those drugs. Hence, people using 6-APB may experience: Feeling very up, alert, chatty and energised. Being ‘in tune’ with their surroundings and/or with music and colours feeling more intense. Temporary feelings of love and affection for the people they’re with and for the strangers around them. Physical effects such as dilated pupils, tingling feelings, tightening of the jaw muscles, raised body temperature and the heart beating faster. See the speed and ecstasy pages for more details.

6-APB is chemically similar to amphetamines (like speed) and to ecstasy, and so it’s reasonable to assume it has similar risks to those drugs. Hence, people using 6-APB may experience: Anxiety, panic attacks, confused states, agitation or aggression, paranoid feelings and even psychosis. A ‘comedown’ that may last a number of days – with feelings of lethargy and depressed mood.

The benzofuran compounds 5-APB, 6-APB, 5-APDB and 6-APDB were banned by the Government under a temporary class drug order to allow drug experts to consider how safe they were. They recommend that these and other benzofuran compounds should be controlled as class B drugs.

The government accepted this recommendation and benzofuran compounds have been controlled as class B drugs since Tuesday 10 June 2014. This means that it is illegal to have, sell, supply or give away these substances to friends.

If the Police arrest you in possession of benzofuran compounds, they’ll always take some action. This could include a formal caution, arrest and prosecution. Having benzofuran compounds for your own use (called possession) could result in up to five years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. While selling or giving benzofuran compounds away for free, even to friends, (called supplying) could result in up to fourteen years in prison.

A conviction for a drug-related offence could have a serious impact. It could make it harder, even impossible, to visit certain countries – for example the United States – and limit the types of jobs you can apply for.

Did you know?

Like drinking and driving, driving while impaired due to using 2-DPMP is illegal – and you can get a heavy fine, be disqualified from driving or even go to prison.

Remember: Having a criminal record can make it difficult for you to get a job or visa if you want to travel abroad.

What’s the difference between possession & supply (dealing)? What happens if you’re under 16? Learn more about drugs and the law.