Adrenochrome is a compound produced by the oxidation of adrenaline (adrenaline). From 1950s to 1970s, it has been the subject of limited research as a potential cause of schizophrenia. Although there is no medical application at present, the related derivative chromium carbonitride is a hemostatic drug. Although the name of this compound is, it has nothing to do with the element chromium; On the contrary, the ‑ chrome suffix indicates the relationship with color, because the pure adrenal pigment is dark purple
In vivo and in vitro, the oxidation reaction of converting adrenaline into adrenergic red will occur. In vitro, silver oxide (Ag2O) was used. In solution, the adrenal pigment is pink, and further oxidation of the compound causes it to polymerize into a brown or black melanin compound.
Adrenochrome is a neurotoxic substance.
Adrenochrome is a drug, and followers of QAnon are spreading a false and dangerous conspiracy theory.
The theory shows that liberal politicians and Hollywood "elites" are collecting children's blood to extract adrenal pigment for the benefit of psychedelic and life extension.
Although this theory is completely untrue, it has been widely spread. The followers of QAnon are now members of Congress.
In 1954, researchers Abram Hoffer and Humphry Osmond claimed that adrenal pigment is a neurotoxic and psychotic substance, which may play a role in schizophrenia and other mental diseases.