Clonazolam is a benzodiazepine that is similar to clonazepam (Klonopin) in results, however, it is significantly more potent. In fact, clonazolam is known as the most potent benzodiazepine that is available in the world today. This means that only extremely experienced chemical researchers should experiment with clonazolam. Clonazolam was first created in 1971.
Even small amounts of clonazolam, such as 0.5 mg can produce strong results of sedation, amnesia, and muscle relaxation. Because this chemical is so potent, extreme caution needs to be taken while handling it by anyone who plans to experiment with it, taking particular care to avoid contact with the skin. Wearing protective gloves is essential.
It’s a very potent substance, surpassing most benzodiazepines. Due to its potency and strength, it’s often been associated with amnesia and unconsciousness. Those risks exist with all drugs in the class, but the way people use clonazolam makes it more likely they’ll encounter a problem.
Many of the issues with the drug can be blamed on inappropriate dosing. Users believe the common dose is higher than it is and vendors sell products that are too strong. If you stick to a true light/common dose, most of the major concerns won’t apply.
Some users receive no or very light effects until 1-2 hours after administration. Redosing isn’t wise at any point, but it’s especially bad to redose in the first couple hours due to thinking your dose wasn’t strong enough.
Initially keeping it in your mouth for sublingual or buccal administration can shorten the onset to around 00:20. It can work that fast when swallowed, but sublingual/buccal appears more reliable with its speed.It does stand out from most benzodiazepines due to its potency. The drug can be felt at just 100-200 μg. This has proven to be an issue since some people believe 500+ μg is a common dose and vendors often sell 500 μg products. And there are many reports of people exceeding 1 mg.
Benzodiazepines are among the most widely prescribed psychiatric medications in the Western world, especially in the United States. Drugs like Klonopin (clonazepam), Xanax (alprazolam), and Valium (diazepam) have been on the market since the 1950s at least, treating anxiety and panic disorders, insomnia, and occasionally seizure disorders. The drugs work quickly, hitting the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GAMA) receptors in the brain and reducing how fast neurons fire to communicate. This leads to feelings of calm, relaxation, euphoria, and sleepiness or drowsiness.
Clonazolam’s risks are like those of potent opioid drugs, like fentanyl or carfentanil. Onset of clonazolam’s effects begin 10-30 minutes after it is consumed and last for 6-10 hours. This makes it a medium-acting benzodiazepine, but taking more than 0.5 milligrams puts one in severe danger of suffering effects for more than 10 hours.
Although taking any amount of clonazepam is very dangerous, abusing benzodiazepines in large doses can lead to life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Clonazolam in particular leads to this risk because it is so potent already and can quickly lead to physical dependence. People who abuse clonazolam are more likely to be polydrug abusers, mixing this benzodiazepine with either hallucinogens or stimulants and leading to a cycle of abusing uppers and downers to moderate psychotic effects from the primary drug.
Physical side effects include:
- Loss of physical coordination
- Stumbling or falling
- Slowed reflexes
- Lethargy, fatigue, or drowsiness
- Slurred speech or stuttering, like being drunk
- Respiratory depression
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dry mouth
- Abdominal discomfort
- Loss of appetite
- Mood swings
- Hostile or erratic behavior
- Intense high
- Trouble thinking clearly
- Memory loss
- Paradoxical anxiety
- Changes to vision