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Understanding legal high drugs

Understanding legal high drugs as those types medication which is not illicit but is equally addictive

Understanding legal high drugs: Even legal drug can be addictive

The threat of addiction is not new to us in any way. We are surrounded by all kinds of addictive elements some of which are legally acceptable for use either in the health sector or in our social life. We spoke to doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center over this with a view of understanding legal high drugs and how they affect our life. It is true that at the mention of addiction, our minds gets turned to hard drugs. This feeling is in order because such are addictive too. What many may not know is that we can be addicted even to some legal drugs known as a collection of drugs sold legally but mimic the effects of illegal drugs like cannabis, ecstasy, and cocaine. Some of these drugs may include herbal smoking mixtures, diet pills (ephedrine), herbal ecstasy and mephedrone. We can also include GHB, BZP (benzylpiperazine) poppers such as amyl nitrite and caffeine drinks/pills.

Understanding legal high drugs: Legal high appearance and method of usage

These substances have the same effects as an illegal drug but are not prohibited by law and are not regulated by the Misuse of Drugs Act though changes are being made to control have them controlled. Many of these drugs are naturally occurring substances but the most recent one -mephedrone, has been synthetically produced in laboratories. The come in different looks in the market with some being herbal solutions which can be mixed with tobacco and smoked normally while others like Mephedrone, come in white powder, tablets or capsules forms. Poppers such as amyl nitrite or butyl nitrite are inhaled while others like ephedrine are found in over the counter medicines or pills used for weight control.

They can be taken be taken orally, smoked, inhaled, added to drinks or injected through this last method of consumption is very rare. Like any other drugs legal high drugs also have their street nouns. Many of these substances have ‘trade names’ or brand names for marketing purposes, for example, the herbal smoking mixture or solution is known as ‘Spice’. Other names may include:

  • Meow (mephedrone)
  • Herbal Viagra
  • Eclipse (herbal ecstasy)
  • Cloud 9 (herbal ecstasy/ephedrine)
  • Liquid gold (poppers)

These drugs are often used by young people and particularly the youth, clubbers and festival goers.

Understanding legal high drugs: Effects of legal highs

The effects of these drugs vary depending on which substance you are using. If you smoke Spice, you will experience the effects similar to those of cannabis like feeling relaxed and ‘chilled out’ or hyperactive or talkative and giggly Majority of users will find that their sensitivities have been altered or that they experience mild hallucinations. A drug-like mephedrone will have similar effects to those from using ecstasy or cocaine. The experiences may include:

  • Euphoria
  • Increased confidence
  • Lots of energy
  • Empathy with others
  • It can also suppress the appetite
  • Speed up the heart rate
  • Reduce inhibitions.

Finally, all these experiences are not healthy for anyone and must be addressed professionally. If you have been having any of the mentioned problems, you can schedule an appointment with doctor Akoury now for professional solutions today.

Understanding legal high drugs: Even legal drug can be addictive

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