Legal status
Legal status
  • 1-(4-ethylphenyl)-2-(methylamino)propan-1-one
CAS Number
PubChem CID
Chemical and physical data
Molar mass191.274 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
  • C(C(C)NC)(=O)C1=CC=C(C=C1)CC
  • InChI=1S/C12H17NO/c1-4-10-5-7-11(8-6-10)12(14)9(2)13-3/h5-9,13H,4H2,1-3H3

4-Ethylmethcathinone (4-EMC) is a recreational designer drug of the stimulant and entactogen class.[1] It is a structural isomer of 4-MEC and 3,4-DMMC.[2] It has been identified in many countries around the world, initially in Europe but was first found in Australia in 2020. [3]

Legal status

4-Ethylmethcathinone is a controlled substance in the US state of Vermont as of January 2016.[4] It is also covered by analogue provisions in many other jurisdictions.

See also


  1. ^ Rickli A, Hoener MC, Liechti ME (March 2015). "Monoamine transporter and receptor interaction profiles of novel psychoactive substances: para-halogenated amphetamines and pyrovalerone cathinones" (PDF). European Neuropsychopharmacology. 25 (3): 365–76. doi:10.1016/j.euroneuro.2014.12.012. PMID 25624004. S2CID 5511568.
  2. ^ Skultety L, Frycak P, Qiu C, Smuts J, Shear-Laude L, Lemr K, et al. (June 2017). "Resolution of isomeric new designer stimulants using gas chromatography - Vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy and theoretical computations". Analytica Chimica Acta. 971: 55–67. doi:10.1016/j.aca.2017.03.023. PMID 28456284.
  3. ^ Bade R, Abbate V, Abdelaziz A, Nguyen L, Trobbiani S, Stockham P, Elliott S, White JM, Gerber C (October 2020). "The complexities associated with new psychoactive substances in influent wastewater: The case of 4-ethylmethcathinone". Drug Testing and Analysis. 12 (10): 1494–1500. doi:10.1002/dta.2890. PMID 32621345. S2CID 220335553.
  4. ^ "Regulated Drugs Rule" (PDF). Vermont Department of Health. Retrieved 14 October 2015.