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Bath Salts, Dangerous side effects

Dangerous Drugs Disguised As ‘Bath Salts’

Bath salts is a tittle that is given to a family of drugs that contain one or more than one synthetic chemicals related to cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant found naturally in the Khat plant. The name ‘bath salts’ was given to these drugs because of the ways they were disguised in the market. These drugs are often in the form of white powder, or crystals which often resemble legal bathing products like Epsom salts, but are different in chemical composition from actual bath salts. Those trading in these drugs were very cunning or do we say they were clever they even wrote on the packaging of these drugs as ‘not for human consumption’ just to evade all the problems from the authorities. Hence these drugs were traded for a long time without fear of prohibition.

It is therefore necessary for me to state this here, these drugs that were marked as bathing salts simply to evade problems that the traders would go through incase the authorities detected they were dealing in drugs should never be mistaken for the genuine bathing salts such as Epsom salts that are sold with intentions of improving bathing experience. Epsom and other genuine salts do not contain the drug properties that are in designed drugs disguised as bathing salts.

These drugs have since become a public health and safety issue. There has been a growing concern to tame the use of these drugs after several scientific studies have shown that they do affect the people who use them adversely. The users of these ‘bathing salts’ are always lured by the opinion that these drugs would give a person a feeling of euphoria, increased sociability and even increases a person’s sex drive. Those who are using these drugs for these reasons are misled because they do not always check for the side effects that may come along with the ‘benefits’ that they seek to find in these bathing salts.  Some of the side effects that are associated with the use of these ‘bathing salts’ are paranoia, agitation, and hallucinatory delirium; some even display psychotic and violent behavior, and in extreme cases, deaths. With proof that these drugs can cause death it therefore calls for caution in handling these drugs and strict laws should be adopted to deal with those found in possession of these ‘bathing soaps’ just as it has always been done with other hard drugs.

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The use of these drugs has really spread as fast as they are now being sold online under such names as plant food, jewelry cleaner and even phone screen cleaner. There are also other online drug stores that also sell these drugs under such brand names as Ivory Wave, Bloom, Cloud Nine, Lunar Wave, Vanilla Sky, White Lightning and Scarface.

Common synthetic cathinones found in bath salts include 3, 4 methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone commonly known as Drone, Meph, or Meow Meow and methylone, but there are others that are not mentioned here. Much is still unknown about how these substances affect the human brain, and each one may have somewhat different properties. Chemically, they are similar to amphetamines such as methamphetamine as well as to MDMA also known as ecstasy.

The energizing and often agitating effects reported in people who have taken bath salts are consistent with other drugs like amphetamines and cocaine that raise the level of the neurotransmitter dopamine in brain circuits regulating reward and movement. A surge in dopamine in these circuits causes feelings of euphoria and increased activity. A similar surge of the transmitter norepinephrine can raise heart rate and blood pressure. Bath salts have been marketed as cheap and until recently, legal substitutes for those stimulants. A recent study found that MDPV—the most common synthetic cathinone found in the blood and urine of patients admitted to emergency departments after bath salts ingestion—raises brain dopamine in the same manner as cocaine but is at least 10 times more potent. This shows how dangerous these drugs are.

Those who use these bathing salts have been reported to inhibit hallucinatory effects that are similar to those experienced by those who are using such drugs as MDMA or LSD that are known to increase the levels of serotonin which is another known neurotransmitter. Researchers have done experiments on rats through which it was found that mephedrone and methylone increased the levels of serotonin as it happens with the use of MDMA.

Here are some other side effects of Bath salts

Bath salts Today hospitals are receiving victims of these bath salts. Most of the reactions that they inhibit include but not limited to high blood pressure, and chest pains, psychiatric symptoms like paranoia, hallucinations, and panic attacks. There is also a symptom commonly referred to as ‘excited delirium’ from taking bath salts also may have dehydration, breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, and kidney failure.

These drugs are also very addictive and since may prove a real hell to break free from. The more a person uses these drugs the more he craves for more of this drug and this with time may prove fatal. When used for a long time it may beckon dependence.

There are very many side effects associated with ‘bath salts’ but the greatest fear is that these drugs are designed and so most of the contents are unknown which seem very dangerous.

Finally, Dr. Dalal Akoury (MD) is an experienced Medical Educator who has been in the frontline fighting drug addiction. She runs a website that equips readers of better ways to overcome not only drug addiction but also serious health problems that have caused nightmares to the world population. Get in touch with her today and learn more. Dr. Akoury offers great Natural addiction education to Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners , and Councilors.

 Dangerous Drugs Disguised As ‘Bath Salts’

 

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Legal High Drugs

Legal High Drugs-Drug Addiction

Legal high drugs

A drug is a drug whether legal high or very known hard drugs we must all take the responsibility of stopping their addiction in our lives.

The threat of addiction is not new to us because in many ways we find ourselves being addicted to several things. There are so many elements of addiction that we are associated with and we are not even sure if we are addicted to them. When the word addiction is mention we often think straight to hard drugs and other known social activities that are addictive in nature. This feeling is very much in order because those are also some elements we can be addicted to. What many may not know is that we can be addicted even to some legal drugs that does not necessarily illegal and that is what is going to guide the flow of this article. Known as a collection of drugs which are sold legally and which mimic the effects of illegal drugs such as 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.

Legal high 

This are kinds of substances with the same effects as an illegal drug but can be bought legally, and openly. They are not regulated by the Misuse of Drugs Act although changes have been, or are being made to control these substances. Many of these drugs are naturally occurring substances but the most recent one -mephedrone, has been synthetically produced in laboratories.

Legal High Drugs-Appearance

They take different looks in the market with some being are herbal solutions which can be mixed with tobacco and smoked normally while others like mephedrone come in as white powder or in 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.

Legal High Drugs-Methods of Usage

They can be taken be taken in several ways that is: orally, smoked, inhaled, added to drinks or injected though this last method of consumption is very rare.

Legal High Drugs-Their street names

Like any other drugs legal high drugs also have their street nouns. Many of these substances have ‘trade names’ that is to say their brand names for marketing purposes for example the herbal smoking mixture or solution is known as ‘Spice’. Other names may include:

  • Meow 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.

Effects of legal highs

The effects of these drugs vary depending on which substance you are using. For example, if you smoke Spice then you will experience that the effects are similar to those of cannabis also known as marijuana. Such feelings will include:

  • Feeling relaxed and ‘chilled out’ or hyperactive
  • Talkative and giggly

Majority of users will find that their sensitivities have been altered or that they experience mild hallucinations. 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.

Spice and herbal Viagra e.g. yohimbine are added to loose tobacco and smoked as a cigarette or through a pipe. They cause hallucinogenic effects and also act upon the body in a similar way to ecstasy.

Herbal ecstasy such as Cloud 9 acts as a stimulant on the body thereby increasing the heart rate and breathing, a sense of euphoria, dilated pupils and being talkative generally. It can also cause hallucinogenic effects such as a heightened awareness of one’s surroundings.

Liquid gold and other types of poppers cause an intense ‘rush’ when inhaled which also includes feelings of disorientation, nausea, dizziness and headaches. They can also improve sexual performance.

How addictive are legal highs?

If these legal highs are legally allowed drugs, one would wonder whether they have any addictive effects and the answer is absolutely yes. Many of these substances are characterized in the same way as synthetic drugs meaning that they can lead to dependency over a period of time of their usage for example a drug like mephedrone is similar to ecstasy in the sense that it is highly addictive and leads to psychological changes in the user. People who use mephedrone find it very difficult to stop. Besides them being addictive, it must be noted that these drugs/substances are more powerful than many people realize and can be as equally as addictive as their illegal cousins or sisters.

Risks factors of legal highs

Because of their sources it is prudent to note that some of these drugs are not regulated under the Misuse of Drugs Act however an amendment to this effect has been made making it illegal to sell or supply them for human use under the medicines legislation.

But it is very easy to assume that because these drugs are freely available that they are safer than synthetic varieties. Even the herbal substances such as Spice or Salvia have side effects.

The technicality is that a good percentage of these substances contain all kinds of chemicals which have not always been tested for human consumption. So you are not quite sure what you are getting and the effect it will have on your system. Currently we do not have authenticate research or studies confirming the duration of risk and so it is not clear the effects of long term health risks if any. However when combined with other substances like alcohol then this increases the risks and such increased risks can be physical risks e.g. hypertension, heart disease, nosebleeds, weight loss, tremors and diabetes.  On the other hand the risks may be psychological risks like anxiety, panic attacks, memory loss, paranoia and even schizophrenia.

Finally when we begin talking of the risks involved then we must also talk about remedies for those risks. If for whatever reason you or your friend is struggling with problems related to legal high drugs then the solution is just a phone call away. Rich out for doctor Dalal Akoury an expert in matter addiction and the founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under Doctor Akoury. Together with her team of experts they will help you get better professionally while focusing on Neuroendocrine Restoration (NER) to reinstate normality through realization of the oneness of Spirit, Mind, and Body, Unifying the threesome into ONE  and you will certainly get your life back and enjoy it to the fullest.

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