Category Archives: Cathinones

α-PVP

Alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone has been around for a while but has made a recent resurgence as chinese labs churn out anything they think people will buy.

The long alpha chain increases potency through lipophilicity in pyrovalerones and α-PVP is no different. The dose is 10-20mg intranasal with things starting to get a bit intense above this.

As a pyrovalerone/prolintane derivative it is likely that α-PVP is an NDRI, which is consistent with its effects.

Overall I enjoyed using the drug but the crash was unpleasant and the sweet-spot is low due to the side-effects and crash being much more pronounced with redosing and higher doses. There is little euphoria to speak of and I suspect chasing it will end badly.

The first time I used it, I did so a little too much a little too late in the day. I turned to GBL to get to sleep 4 hours after the last dose and 4mls over an hour did not result in a sound slumber. Usually 3mls will have me out cold so I suspect there is strong, lingering NE activity.

Dose: 10-20mg followed by 10mg bumps. There are plenty of side effects which mean the sweet spot for a-PVP is relatively low.

The duration appears to be in the region of 3-5 hours depending on the dose.

Positive Effects:

  • Energy
  • Focus
  • Sociability
  • Increased sex drive
  • Mood lift
  • Increased music appreciation.
  • Nose-unblocking

Neutral effects

  • Minor pupil dilation
  • Urge to chew.
  • Slight mental cloudiness. Much less prominent than with other cathinones.
  • Membrane numbness

Negative effects

  • Sweating
  • Medium urge to redose
  • Unpleasant crash
  • Sleeplessness
  • Heart rate increase (67 went up to 80)
  • Minor vasoconstriction
  • Difficulty achieving erection.
  • Anxiety

α-PVP is illegal in the UK but unscheduled in the US.

Edit: I have revisited this now sometime later. In keeping with my comments about the low sweet spot I actually think that the recommended dose falls rather lower, and the recommendation should be more like 5-12mg. It is noticeably active below this too. 

As a compound it is frustrating because the side effects are unmanageable at high doses, which indicates that it is better to use at low, “functional” doses. Unfortunately, as with many cathinones it is a cloudy, slightly impairing high which means that it’s not particularly well suited to functional purposes either. I imagine it would be fine for basic tasks like cleaning or as an aphrodisiac but otherwise I don’t think I’d recommend it.