Drug use and abuse can have a profound effect on the human body and mind. Whether it’s prescription or street drugs, the myriad of issues can range from mild to extreme.
If you know someone struggling with addiction, it’s important to be aware of various drugs and their effects.
This list features ten popular, commonly used drugs and their effects on the body so you can be armed with the knowledge of how it can change someone’s health and mind.
Heroin is derived from opioids and has seriously addictive qualities. Some effects on the body include paranoia, feelings of exhilaration and euphoria, and potential hallucinations.
In many cases, the withdrawal from heroin can have more serious effects than using it, even resulting in death in some cases. Heroin is one of the most serious drug-related issues in the United States today.
As of 2017, almost 500,000 people reported using heroin within the past year. The number of people who overdose on the drug annually is staggering, and it’s currently considered a national health crisis.
For those who use cocaine, they often experience a feeling of super-intelligence or the feeling that they can accomplish anything. But as for the physical, cocaine can have devastating effects.
When using cocaine, many people experience heart palpitations, sweating, high blood pressure, and paranoia. As someone stops using cocaine or “comes down,” they can feel depressed, lethargic, and fatigued.
Often referred to as meth, methamphetamine can have some seriously dangerous side effects. Some examples include rapid weight loss, kidney damage, and skin problems.
Common side effects of using meth include rapid heart rate, heart attack, paranoia, and even dental problems like rotting teeth. This drug is an extremely powerful stimulant that poses a serious risk to the human body.
A popular choice in the 1960s, LSD is still a favorite party drug. This drug causes people to hallucinate and makes the senses amplified.
Some side effects of LSD include dehydration, changes in personality, and psychosis in some case. Frequent use increases these symptoms.
5. Crack Cocaine
Similar to cocaine, crack is commonly smoked using a glass pipe. The United States saw an extremely high incidence of crack cocaine use in the 1980s, but it’s still a serious problem today.
This highly addictive drug can cause side effects like sweating, a racing heart, paranoia, extreme irritability, and heart attack or stroke with heavy use.
Ecstasy is designed to provide feelings of peace, love, and euphoria. A popular drug among the “rave” and techno dance scene, this drug is most commonly presented in pill form.
Many effects of ecstasy seem positive at first glances, like increased feelings of euphoria, openness, and an overall sense of well-being. The negative effects include rapid heart rate, clenching of the jaws, and depression once the drug’s effects have worn off.
7. Marijuana Drugs and Their Effects
Probably one of the most popular drugs, marijuana is quickly transitioning from a taboo street drug to a legal recreational supplement. Grown as a plant, this drug was once only exclusively smoked either by using a pipe, a water bong or rolled up in a “joint” or “blunt.”
Today, marijuana is sold in a wide variety of formats including a myriad of edible foods, vape liquid, and wax that is heated and inhaled. Some of the effects of marijuana include hunger, lethargy, lightheadedness, and delayed reaction time.
Ironically, some marijuana users might experience the opposite and have feelings of anxiety and increased heart rate. Other common effects include increased thirst and hunger as well as red, dry eyes.
Also known as “angel dust,” PCP was once marketed as an anesthetic. This powerful drug is typically either ingested as a liquid or snorted as a powder. Sometimes, PCP is sprinkled on other drugs like marijuana or added to cocaine to add to their effects.
PCP users tend to experience rapid heart rate, loss of coordination, increased levels of anger or anxiety, and some users even claim to experience an aversion to pain. This drug is considered extremely dangerous due to its effects on the heart and serious, sometimes dangerous changes in personality.
Most commonly smoked, opium is a powerful, popular drug. Derived from the poppy plant, this unique drug can be all natural, synthetic, or semi-synthetic.
Users of opium can experience a wide range of effects including confusion, hallucinations, drowsiness, and constipation. Other side effects include memory loss, slurred speech, and even possible brain and skin abscesses.
10. Psilocybin Mushrooms
Similar to its counterpart LSD, psilocybin mushrooms are known for their hallucinogenic effects. Unlike LSD, these “‘shrooms” are all-natural and therefore, thought to be safer than acid.
One of the most common effects of mushrooms is intestinal and digestive discomfort including stomach ache and nausea. Since the drug is eaten, it’s not uncommon for people to experience these types of side effects, usually, right after the mushrooms are ingested.
Other effects include a feeling of euphoria, mild hallucinations, dehydration, and an altered state of consciousness.
Drugs Affect Everyone
Whether you are a user or you know someone who uses, drugs and their effects have far-reaching consequences for everyone. From the mild effects of marijuana to “hard” drugs like heroin, cocaine, and PCP, drugs can cause irreparable damage.
If you know someone struggling with drug addiction, it’s important that they receive the help they need right away.
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