Phenethylamines are a class of organic compounds that are derived from amines. They occur naturally in a variety of foods and plants, and also can be produced synthetically in the laboratory. Phenethylamines are found in a wide variety of concoctions and have a number of commercial and industrial applications.
Phenethylamines are known to have stimulant effects on the central nervous system, and some research suggests that they may also have psychedelic properties. In small doses, phenethylamines can act as mild stimulants, while in larger doses they can cause hallucinations and delusions. Somephenethylamines are used as drugs of abuse, while others have legitimate medical uses.