There is a long list of benzodiazepine drugs out there, but all of them have the potential for negative effects when using too long at a time. When determining a benzodiazepine’s strength, there are two aspects to consider: the drug’s potency and its half-life. A half-life measures how long a drug takes to break down and exit the body. Low-potency benzos with a long half-life are weaker than high-potency benzos with a short half-life.
Drugs with a shorter half-life, while more short-acting, are often felt more intensely. Drugs with short half-life also create their effect more rapidly. These characteristics make these substances more attractive to recreational drug abusers. Benzodiazepine drug abusers often prefer short-acting, high-potency benzos, such as lorazepam or alprazolam, due to their fairly rapid and intense high.
Strongest to Weakest List of Benzos
Low-Potency Benzodiazepine List
With a prolonged half-life:
1 – chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
2 – clorazepate (Tranxene)
3 – diazepam (Valium)
4 – flurazepam
With a short half-life:
5 – oxazepam (Serax)
6 – temazepam (Restoril)
High-potency Benzodiazepine List, with a prolonged half-life:
7 – clonazepam (Klonopin)
The bottom of the list has a short half-life:
8 – alprazolam (Xanax)
l0 – orazepam (Ativan)
11 – triazolam (Halcion)
Though not prescribed in the United States, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol) is sold illicitly on the streets. Used as a date rape drug, Rohypnol is a high-potency benzodiazepine with a relatively long half-life.
What is your experience with those pharma grade benzos? Are thet better than the RC ones? Any preferences?