Synthetic Drugs and Their Effects

Many different substances are used and abused by people within our modern world. Some of these stem from a natural source, such as marijuana and some opiates, whereas others are completely synthetic, meaning they are manufactured by humans in some way. There are numerous types of these synthetic substances, and unfortunately, many of the illegal ones have become extremely prominent. These substances are often labeled “not for human consumption” to disguise them, and yet many people continue to abuse them for their psychoactive, hallucinogenic, or euphoric effects. In fact, many of these substances are sold within gas stations and convenience stores under different names to avoid regulation from the DEA, and this could include labelings such as herbal incense, potpourri, jewelry cleaner, and plant food.

 Synthetic LSD and Other Types

As mentioned above, there are numerous types of synthetic substances that are highly abused by individuals, such as:

  • Smiles, 2C-C-NBOMe, 2C-I-NBOMe – This synthetic produce hallucinogenic effects that are similar to that of LSD, and very small amounts can create the “high” that individuals are looking for. It has even been reported that only a few small grains of it can produce the desired effects.
  • Molly – This tends to be advocated as a more pure form of MDMA or ecstasy.  Molly is classified as a stimulant, and it alters an individual’s mind and perception. Unfortunately, it is commonly cut with a variety of other substances, sometimes not even containing the active ingredient of MDMA. The problem with buying these types of synthetics, or any substance off the street, is that one never really knows what has been added to it.
  • Spice or K-2 – These types of substances are some of the most commonly used. They are synthetic cannabinoids that are much more potent than typical Marijuana. In fact, the active ingredient in Spice is around 100 times more powerful because of the way it binds more successfully to the cannabinoid receptors in the body. The high that it produces is somewhat similar to marijuana in the mellowing and depressant effects, but can also include alteration of perception.
  • Bath Salts – Bath salts are synthetic cathinones, which are stimulants. They were extremely prominent a few years ago, and it seems that use has since decreased a bit, but many still use them. Their effects can be similar to using large amounts of cocaine, but can also include adverse conditions such as increases in heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature.

In many cases, synthetic drugs can potentially be more dangerous than other types of substances, as they can be more unpredictable. One never really knows what is contained in these substances or how much. They are often manufactured in illegal labs or imported from other countries. The problem is that as these are discovered and outlawed, manufacturers will often make alterations to the substance, allowing it to slip under the radar again. There have been numerous efforts to curb this situation, such as the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act that was passed in 2012, as it placed many of the abused synthetics under the heading of Schedule 1 substances. This classification means that they are illegal within our country and considered to be dangerous, highly addictive, and has no medicinal purpose or value.

Best Drug Rehabilitation Can Help With Drug or Alcohol Addiction

More people continue to fall into addiction to synthetic LSD and other substances every day, and many of them will require treatment to be able to overcome it. Fortunately, Best Drug Rehabilitation is here to help. Our approach to treatment is quite unique, as we tailor a separate program for each person that is admitted. This is because we understand that every addiction is unique in several ways, and it must be treated as such for a person to have the best chance at overcoming it. Give us a call today at 1-888-484-9602, and we will help you or your loved one to begin the path of recovery.

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