The furor over snortable bath salts like Ivory Wave and Bliss has reached a fever pitch. The United Kingdom has banned the products nationwide; Louisiana and Florida have too, while Idaho is looking to follow suit soon. So with state governments everywhere ready to poop all over the bath-salt-snorting party, a host of new companies (or old companies with new names) are selling the products as fast as they can--while they still can. But one user of a cheap Ivory Wave knock-off says to snort carefully, because some of the off-brand stuff is actually a lot more potent than the original.
"François" is a young bartender who lives in Belltown and talked to Seattle Weekly about his experience with Pure Ivory, a bath salt that mimics Ivory Wave in every way but name and, apparently, its effects on humans. He asked that we not use his real name.
He's done name-brand Ivory Wave several times and says it's like a mix between cocaine and Adderall, and that it gets him amped to party, but in a mild way--never with a bad hangover or any serious side effects.
Not so with Pure Ivory, he says.
"I tried the Pure Ivory for the first time [Sunday]," he says. "It was like rocket fuel. It made me a lot more wired. The last bump we took was at 7 p.m. and I went to sleep around 11 a.m. The come down was really intense--pretty terrible. I can't really condone it to anyone."
The "rocket fuel" label would seem to mesh with the product's advertising, which lists it as being "99.3% MDPV" which is short for methylenedioxypyrovalerone, the active drug in snortable bath salts.
Here's the ad, touting its benefits over Ivory Wave (it's a winner!):