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You've may have heard of skittling or robotripping, but probably have not heard of DXM? Here, we'll take a look at dextromethorphan(which is the main ingredient in cough medications like Robitussin), and see what it does and how it works.
Transcript: In the past twenty years, sales of cough medicine have risen 400%-and the reason has nothing to do with...
In the past twenty years, sales of cough medicine have risen 400%-and the reason has nothing to do with colds! Over-the-counter cough medications like Robitussin and Coricidin contain an active ingredient called dextromethorpane, or DXM. Ina typical pharmacy, you might find over 125 legal products that contain DXM, which is, in fact, a close relation to codeine, an opiate used as an anti-cough medication. Recreationally, these medications which contain DXM are known by other names- like robos, skittles, red devils, and triple-c. When it's used as directed, DXM is taken in 15 to 30 milligram doses to help ease coughing. However, when consumed in doses of 100 milligrams or more, the drug begins to generate mild hallucinations and feelings of exhilaration and disassociation. Recreational users often prefer to take many "skittle" pills at once, although syrup containing DXM is also an option. The DXM high usually takes about fifteen minutes to kick in, and can last for several hours. But aside from the desired euphoria, the drug may also cause blurry vision, impaired judgment, severe dizziness, and paranoia. If an overdose occurs, vomiting, unconsciousness, a dangerously high heart rate, and seizures may result. Given these potentially sever side effects, it's possible to die from a large overdose of DXM cough medication.Dextromethorphan generally does not produce withdrawal symptoms characteristic of physically addictive substances, but there have been cases of psychological addiction, and not much is known about the long-term effects of abuse. Bottom line? When taken in quantities over those directed for a cough, DXM may be dangerous, and should be used with caution.More »
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Huffing is an easy access and inexpensive high, which explains why so many people admit to abusing inhalants by sniffing glue or huffing paint. In this video, we'll look at the facts and myths surrounding this dangerous household high.
Transcript: From the white-out on your desk to the cooking spray in your common area, there are more than 1,000 typical...
From the white-out on your desk to the cooking spray in your common area, there are more than 1,000 typical household agents that can be inhaled to get a cheap high. You're probably familiar with some of the substances that are easily obtainable around the house that you can use to get a short high. Abuse of household products is generally referred to as huffing, bagging, or gliding. Indeed, new research suggests that 12% of teenagers have tried huffing by the time they finish their senior year of high school. The most common inhalants include spray paint, correction fluid, nail polish, cleaning fluids, rubber glue, paint thinner, and aerosolized computer cleaner. These products can be inhaled directly from the container, or poured onto a rag or roll of toilet paper and "huffed." Fumes from these household inhalants can also be breathed in through a plastic bag, also referred to as "bagging." Regardless of the delivery method, euphoria and dissociative intoxication effects occur within seconds of inhaling. On the downside, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, and shortness of breath are also common inhalation side effects. Despite the negative effects, simple household agents are extremely addictive, resulting in withdrawal symptoms after as few as several uses. Even one attempt at huffing can produce fatal cardiac arrhythmia, a condition more commonly known as "sudden sniffing death syndrome." With long-term abuse, these agents can result in permanent brain damage, muscle weakness, and fatal liver damage. Because of their negative effects and high potential for addiction, household good should only be used in the manner they were intended.More »
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Whether you're a grizzled veteran of the Mary Jane circuit, or you're a complete stranger to marijuana, you probably wouldn't mind knowing more about smoking weed. Can pot hurt you in the long term? Just how illegal is growing cannabis? Are
Transcript: Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in America, with 97.8 million people over twelve saying...
Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in America, with 97.8 million people over twelve saying they've tried it! Marijuana is also known as weed, pot, dope, herb...you get the idea! The drug, which acts as a mild hallucinogen, is actually the bud and leaves of the cannabis plant. Weed is usually smoked, but it can also be mixed in foods or brewed as tea. When you smoke marijuana, you'll feel mellow, relaxed, and generally happy. You may feel very hungry, a phenomenon known as the "munchies." But as your high continues, you might experience paranoia or confusion. You'll notice an increased heart rate and a loss of coordination. Excessive marijuana use can cause the same problems as tobacco smoking, such as bronchitis and emphysema. Despite its illegal status, marijuana is approved for controlled medicinal uses in several of the U.S. states. Marijuana has been illegal since 1937, and now you know the real deal with pot.More »
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Ecstasy appeals to many with its name alone. But is 'exstasy' a harmless happy drug, or is it part of the illegal drugs category for a reason? Here, a no judgements look at E.
Transcript: Twenty percent of college students have popped a tablet of E. So what's up with ecstasy? Ecstasy, which...
Twenty percent of college students have popped a tablet of E. So what's up with ecstasy? Ecstasy, which moonlights as X and E, is a man-made drug that acts as a stimulant and a hallucinogen. Colorful ecstasy tablets can be snorted or swallowed. Often, they are laced with other illegal drugs. When you pop a tablet of X, you'll feel euphoric, energized, and sexually aroused. That's because your brain produces a cocktail of "happy" neurotransmitters in response to the drug. You may garner great pleasure from touching things, and feel extreme empathy with others. But ecstasy constricts blood vessels, so you may overheat or become dehydrated while using it. Other physical side effects include stomach cramps and blurred vision. You may also experience paranoia or confusion. As you come down from a high, you'll likely feel lethargic and depressed. Excessive use may damage brain cells, resulting in long-term problems concentrating or remembering. Ecstasy is illegal, but now you know the real deal with E, so you can understand what it does to your body.More »
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When Alice ate a magic mushroom, she grew to giant-sized proportions. Will your own experimentation with hallucinogens lead to a similar psychadelic effect? Here, a no holds barred look at drugs of this nature.
Transcript: Native Americans in Central and South America used them thousands of years ago-and they're still popular...
Native Americans in Central and South America used them thousands of years ago-and they're still popular today! They're magic mushrooms! Psychedelic mushrooms, which moonlight as magic mushrooms and "shrooms," are a hallucinogenic drug. The fungi , which are officially known as psilocybin, grow naturally. Mushrooms are generally dried and eaten, but because of their unpleasant taste, are often mixed with other foods. After you eat magic mushrooms, you will usually experience hallucinations. Generally, the effects on your senses will be the most intense part of your trip. You may feel that surfaces shimmer or that you can "see" sounds. On occasion, people who eat mushrooms have a "bad trip," during which they experience unpleasant revelations or feelings of woe. These are not as severe as bad LSD trips, however. Physically, the drug can cause appetite loss, feelings of coldness, nausea, and numbing or weakness in the limbs and face. Magic mushrooms have not been shown to be addictive, but they are illegal in the United States!More »
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Mention ketamine and you may get blank stares. But if you say that you're going to do 'Special-K,' everyone knows what you mean. In this video, we'll check out the drug facts surrounding this recreationally used horse tranquilizer and comp
Transcript: If you've ever been to a rave, you've likely been offered Special K-but we're not talking about cereal...
If you've ever been to a rave, you've likely been offered Special K-but we're not talking about cereal here! Ketamine hydrochloride is a man-made anesthetic that moonlights under names like Special K, Kid-Rock, and K. Ketamine is available legally as an animal tranquilizer. When taken as a street drug, Special K can be snorted, swallowed, or injected. After doing K, you will likely feel as if you've had several cocktails. You may even feel like you're walking on marshmallows. Depending on how much you do, you may fall into what's known as a K-hole, where you'll feel detached from your body and be physically incapacitated. Many Special-K users experience nausea and cold sweats, particularly when the drug is taken at high doses. Because of its anesthetic properties, people on K may get hurt without realizing it. Recently, ketamine has been reported on the street as a "date-rape" drug. Large doses of K can induce unconsciousness and even cardiovascular failure. Although ketamine hydrochloride is available for medicinal purposes, it is illegal for recreational use.More »
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Crystal meth promises its users extreme euphoria, but you may wonder: Will doing methamphetamine turn you into a meth addict?
Transcript: About 6 percent of Americans have used methamphetamine recreationally. What's the real deal with meth?...
About 6 percent of Americans have used methamphetamine recreationally. What's the real deal with meth? Methamphetamine, also known as meth or ice, is a man-made central nervous system stimulant. The drug is available by prescription for treating ADD, extreme obesity, and the sleep disorder, narcolepsy. Meth can be distributed illegally in a number of preparations, and can be injected, snorted, smoked, or swallowed. Immediately after taking meth, you'll feel extreme euphoria and a heightened libido. You'll experience a seemingly boundless burst of energy accompanied by a severe decrease in the need to eat or sleep. Many users report a fascination with repetitive tasks, and some mention feeling as if bugs are crawling on their skin. The long term effects associated with meth use include rapid tooth decay, or "meth mouth," brain damage, long-term paranoia, and psychosis. Remember that methamphetamine is illegal in the United States when not prescribed.More »
Last Modified: 2013-05-30 | Tags »
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It has as many names as it does uses, but whether you know it as PCP, angel dust, or rocket fuel, phencyclidine can be a confusing drug. Luckily, we've got the facts, from PCP effects to how it compares with opium and other drugs.
Transcript: If you've ever been to a rave, you may have been offered PCP - but you may not have known what it is......
If you've ever been to a rave, you may have been offered PCP - but you may not have known what it is... You may know PCP, or phencyclidine, by one of its many street names, like angel dust, wet, illy, rocket fuel, or super grass. PCP was originally invented in the 1930s to be used as a surgical anesthetic. However, the drug caused vivid hallucinations and had violence-inducing side effects, so it was no longer considered safe in the medical community. Nonetheless, PCP is still used recreationally for its hallucinogenic, numbing, and out-of-body effects. In its purest form, PCP is a crystallized white powder. But on the drug market, it can also show up as colored powder or pills. While the drug is occasionally consumed orally or snorted through the nose, it is more commonly smoked. This is done by adding PCP powder to a leafy material, like cloves, tobacco, or marijuana. A cigarette or joint can also be dipped into liquid PCP, a practice known as "smoking wet."In whatever manner the PCP is taken, the drug quickly creates feelings of detachment and distance from one's surroundings. In large doses, PCP can cause , image distortion, and severe, often violent, mood changes, and feelings of superhuman strength. Users may become anxious and worry about impending doom, or they may experience episodes indistinguishable from paranoid schizophrenia. These mental changes, as well as the physical effects-like difficulty walking, slurred speech, and numbness-will usually last about two hours. PCP is highly addictive. It's also known to cause suicidal tendencies, violent rages and to induce potentially deadly comas. In fact, many drug experts consider PCP to be one of the most dangerous drugs in existence, and caution strongly against ever trying it.More »
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DMT is a drug that you probably know as the 'businessman's trip,' although its medical name is dimethyltryptamine. Regardless of what you call it though, this recreational drug is a hallucinogen and it's illegal--unless, of course, you're a shaman!
Transcript: DMT is a psychedelic drug has long been used by South American shamans to reach a higher cognitive state....
DMT is a psychedelic drug has long been used by South American shamans to reach a higher cognitive state. Today, it's can also be found on college campuses. Interestingly, DMT is also found in small amounts in the human body, where it's created for an unknown purpose during food metabolism. But the DMT made by your body won't get you high, which is why the drug is extracted from plants like mimosa hostilis and psychotria verdis. Because the body is accustomed to metabolizing DMT, consuming the plant extract orally will not provide a psychedelic experience. If, however, oral DMT is combined with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor, , the drug will not be metabolized by the body, and a high will occur. Harmala alkaloids in certain plants serve as MAOIs in ayahuasca.When used in religious ceremonies, DMT is combined with a plant-based MAOI, and brewed into a hallucinogenic drink called ayahuasca. If MAOIs sound familiar, they are also an older class of anti-depressant used currently when other treatment options haven't been successful.Consuming ayahuasca is the center of a Brazilian-based religious movement called Santo Daime, which is also practiced in the United States. As such, a 2004 Supreme Court ruling made the drug legal for use, but only in religious ceremonies. But to avoid the complications of preparing ayahuasca, people seeking the effects of DMT are more likely to smoke or snort the drug. Whether taken legally or not, DMT creates an almost immediate sense of euphoria, a feeling of sheer relaxation, and peaceful hallucinations. DMT is best known for inducing very intense, if short-lasting visual hallucinations, often described as colorful 'stained glass window, circular chrysanthemum-like. And unlike LSD and other psychedelics, DMT visuals tend to take up your ENTIRE visual field and are truly generated internally-meaning it's not like watching a wall and seeing it ripple on LSD or seeing trails caused by objects in the edges of your visual field. On the negative side, DMT can lead to a rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, and severe paranoia. If DMT is smoked, any of these effects are brief, lasting no more than five to thirty minutes. In other forms, the DMT high is still short, and usually ends within an hour. Because it can be rapidly enjoyed-like on a lunch break-it's also known as the "businessman's high." Not much is known about the long-term effects of DMT, but the drug is still illegal without religious reason. As such, use DMT at your own risk.More »
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In the '70s, it was no secret that taking a psychedelic trip would lead you to a different state of mind. But what exactly happens in the mind after you swallow that potent LSD or mild peyote?
Transcript: Johnny Depp took them in Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas. Native Americans have used them religiously...
Johnny Depp took them in Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas. Native Americans have used them religiously for centuries. They're sacred psychedelics. "Sacred psychedelics" is an umbrella term for plants that provide a hallucinogenic effect when consumed. The most popular include peyote, which is a spineless cactus known illicitly as buttons or mescaline-And stevia divinorum, a mint-like plant which is also called shepherdess's herb and ska pastora. Both stevia and peyote have been used for centuries by Mexican and Native American shamans during religious ceremonies. This sacred use is what differentiates these drugs from other psychadelics, like mushrooms or psilocybin. Today, stevia is legal for both religious and recreational use, with a few statewide exceptions. Peyote, however, is only legal to use for religious and spiritual ceremonies, and it is a felony to possess it otherwise. Both stevia and peyote can be eaten whole or infused with water to create an intoxicating "tea." Stevia leaves can also be smoked in a pipe, which is the preferred method for taking this drug. Sacred psychedelics tend to work very quickly and to last for only a brief period of time, particularly when they are smoked. After consumption, a user will experience powerful hallucinations, an out-of-body feeling, and a hieightened, dream-like state. This is the basis for religious-based spirit walks, which are times of solo introspection and prayer. Both drugs can result in negative effects, too, including feelings of dread and anxiety, often referred to as a "bad trip." On the physical side, tremors and weakness can occur. Peyote, in particular, typically leads to severe nausea and vomiting in the first several hours. And after even one use, sacred psychedelics can lead to flashbacks, or brief recurrences of the hallucinatory experience. Peyote and stevia can be dangerous, and while the effects may sound enticing, they should always be used with extreme caution.More »
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Many professional athletes have turned to anabolic steroids to get fit fast. But relying on a steroid like creatine or even human growth hormones (HGH) can have serious health consequences that are anything but impressive.
Transcript: You may assume steroid abusers are stereotypica meatheads-but a new study shows that students on steroids...
You may assume steroid abusers are stereotypica meatheads-but a new study shows that students on steroids are actually amongst the most educated of drug users! Anabolic-androgenic steroids, or AAS, are manufactured compounds that resemble the body's natural hormone, testosterone. In its natural form, testosterone directs the body to produce or enhance male characteristics, like facial hair growth and increased muscle mass. Testosterone also regulates sexual function in both genders. Both male and female bodies make this hormone, although men produce larger amounts. When used legally, steroids are available to treat conditions related to deficiencies in the body's testosterone, such as delayed puberty. They can also be prescribed to treat body wasting in people with AIDS. But AAS are also available on the street, where they go by other names, like pumpers, gym candy, and Arnolds. Illegally, steroids are taken to encourage the body to create new muscle growth, as well as to prevent the breakdown of current muscle mass. Fewer than one percent of college students admit to having tried steroids without a prescription...but those who do use steroids are often body builders or non-athletes hoping to "look better." Unfortunately, abusing steroids can lead to a host of negative side effects. On the emotional side, the drugs can cause hostility, aggression, and impaired judgment. Physically, short-term abuse can lead to acne, premature hair loss, and-of course-increased muscle mass. And long term abuse leads to even more serious consequences, like damage to the reproductive organs, often manifesting as decreased testicle size in men, decreased breasts in women, and possible infertility in both sexes. Plus, steroid users have a significantly higher risk of developing high blood pressure, kidney cancer, and stroke-causing blood clots. There's obviously a reason that steroids are illegal without a doctor's prescription, so be like 99% of your peers and pass on them.More »
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Sex is a (delicious) piece of cake for most young adults so why are they taking Viagra and Cialis? Here, we'll look at how these pills are used illegally and also what it means to abuse the ED drugs.
Transcript: Although it is typically prescribed for older men with erectile dysfunction, Viagra is still readily...
Although it is typically prescribed for older men with erectile dysfunction, Viagra is still readily available on most college campuses. Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis are all prescription medications used to treat erectile dysfunction. In addition to its intended medical use, these drugs are often taken recreationally to prolong or improve a sexual experience. Viagra is also frequently used in conjunction with other party drugs, like cocaine and ecstasy, often to counteract their undesirable sexual side effects. Viagra is usually consumed orally. and works by blocking an enzyme in the body called PDE-5. When that happens, blood flow increases to the areas where PDE-5 is most concentrated-namely the penis. This makes it possible for a man to get and maintain a stronger erection, often for long periods of time. For men, arousal almost always leads to desire. So by improving a man's ability to have erections, Viagra measurably affects his sexual function.Some men without erectile dysfunction report that sex on Viagra is a better sexual experience, though most college-aged men don't need help getting or maintaining an erection. Taking Viagra recreationally has its risks. If combined with amyl nitrate, or "poppers", Viagra can severely harm, or even kill, the user. Because Viagra and Poppers both dilate blood vessels, a life-threatening heart attack or stroke can result if both are taken simultaneously. In fact, this risk is present when any ED drug is taken at the same time as a nitrate. Bottom line? Viagra is a prescription drug and should only be taken when prescribed by your doctor.More »
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Sure, it sounds harmless but there's more behind the synthetic street drug that is known as Smiles. Find out all the facts about Smiles by watching this video.
Transcript: Smiles is a psychoactive hallucinogenic chemical that alters the brain's balance of dopamine and serotonin....
Smiles is a psychoactive hallucinogenic chemical that alters the brain's balance of dopamine and serotonin. Smiles is particularly powerful, binding to serotonin receptors in the brain at 20 times the rate of another drug used in treating schizophrenia. People who use the drug become extremely euphoric, manic, hallucinatory, paranoid, gain above average strength and don't register any physical pain.More »
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