Precautions to take when using research chemicals

As a general rule, one should use or take only chemicals that have been well researched or have passed the test of time. These have established the toxicology or pharmacological safety and benefit of the said chemicals. However, if there were no other options but to use research chemicals, referring to any chemical with no or limited history of research, the person should observe these precautionary measures to ensure his safety.

  1. Get as many information as possible. One can do this through the following channels:
    1. Browsers – just type the product or chemical name in the search box of any browsers (Google, Firefox, Safari, and others) and the full descriptions about the nature, toxicity and potential dangers of the chemical would appear.
    2. Forums – he can join existing forums or create his forum to verify the authenticity and safety of a particular research chemical.
    3. Websites – there are many websites that provide full details about these research chemicals. He can browse through them and compare and contrast the information written there.
  2. Research chemicals are not for human consumption. However, there are products that contain research chemicals being used as analogues of approved chemicals. Prior to using them, the person should inform his primary health care provider of the intention or the need to use these products. Why? These chemicals might interfere with his current pharmacological management, if there is any. For added safety, it would also be wise for him to have a routine laboratory blood chemistry exam prior to using the said products. This will serve as baseline data for future references, if ever the need arises.
  3. He should be with a trusted friend or companion during the course of the therapy, most especially on the first day of the administration of the said chemical. Having a journal is preferable, too. This is to document events and experiences encountered while using the research chemical.

Safety is the main priority. When in doubt, it is better for him to delay or give up the use of the chemical rather than risk his health or worse, his life.