U.K. set to ban Ivory Wave bath salts

November 5, 2010, 10:46 am

The Guardian (U.K.) reported yesterday that the Home Office is banning imports of “Ivory Wave”, a product sold as a “soothing bath salt”.  As TPR posted back in August, analysis of the product — which has also appeared labelled as “Vanilla Sky” — revealed it contained  MDPV, a stimulant that inhibits re-uptake of dopamine and norepinephrine while having minimal effects on serotonin. The product is generally snorted. Effects seem to include tachycardia, vasoconstriction, hypertension, anxiety, agitation and acute paranoid psychosis.  It has been associated with at least one death in Britain.

The Guardian article states that Ivory Wave’s main ingredient is 2-DPMP.  I have not been able to find out much about this chemical, and do not know if it is similar — or identical — to MDPV. Anyone have information on this?


  1. susan smolinske Says:

    Based on Wikipedia, 2-DPMP was originally created by Novartis as an ADHD drug, structurally similar to methylphenidate, and an inhibitor of norephinephrine and dopamine reuptake. There are also some erowid trip reports.

  2. Leon Says:

    Thanks, Susan. As far as I can see from a search on PubMed, there is absolutely no scientific literature on this drug. One wonders whether all (or most) of the samples of “Ivory Wave” being imported into the U.K. contained this, or just the ones that were tested.