Synthetic Drugs List: Overview and Risks
Synthetic drugs are commonly known as New Psychoactive Substances along with; “designer drugs,” “club drugs” or “party drugs” due to the fact that they are man-made and imitate the effects of controlled substances. Drugs that fall into the synthetic drugs list have no medical use and alter the actions of the central nervous system which allows users to hallucinate, feel down or feel euphoria.
The problem with drugs that fall onto the synthetic drugs list is that often times they allow for unpredictable behavior but are in high demand due to the psychoactive effects they produce.
A few commonly heard of types of synthetic drugs are Spice, K2, Bath Salts and Salvia.
Synthetic Cannabinoids: Spice, K2
Synthetic cannabinoids are one of the types of synthetic drugs that are misused for their psychoactive effects. Spice and K2 are two of the types of synthetic drugs that contain a mixture of plant materials and synthetic cannabinoids which imitate the feeling of marijuana.
Synthetic Cathinones: Bath Salts
Synthetic cathionoes are stimulants that contain a psychoactive substance. Bath Salts are an example of one of the drugs on this specific synthetic drugs list. They are known as “research chemicals,” “plant food” and “glass cleaner” and are specifically marked as being substances not for human consumption. This synthetic drug is a mixture of drugs such as methylone, mephedrone, MDPV and butylone which together imitate the feelings of drugs like cocaine, amphetamine and ecstasy.
Synthetic Phenethylamines: Salvia
Synthetic phenthylamines are one of the types of synthetic drugs that imitate hallucinogens. These drugs can be sold as powders, liquid solutions, on edible items or soaked onto small papers. This type of synthetic drug can imitate the effects of other hallucinogenic substances.
Below we will discuss the effects on the mind and body of these commonly abused synthetic drugs.
Synthetic cathinones, more commonly referred to as bath salts, are usually ingested by snorted or injected. There have been many issues related to the use and abuse of bath salts and its effect on users, some are the following:
- Acute psychosis
- Aggressive behavior
- Violent behavior
- Self-destructive behavior
The effects on the body of synthetic cathinones can include:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Prolonged pupil dilation
- Breakdown of muscle fibers releasing muscle fibers in the bloodstream
- Grinding of teeth
According to NIH and Poison Control Centers, there have been many issues with the use and abuse of Spice and K2. Some of the effects are:
- Psychotic episodes
- Intense hallucinations
- Disorganized thoughts
- Paranoid delusions
Synthetic Cannabinoids also have adverse health effects on the body such as:
- Tachycardia (high heart rate)
- High blood pressure
These drugs, known as synthetic phenethylamines, such as salvia can be ingested through chewing, smoking or vaporizing. This type of synthetic drug can have the following effects on the mind:
- Perceptions of bright lights
- Vivid colors
- Vivid shapes
- Vivid body movements
- Body / object distortions
- Uncontrollable laughter
- Sense of overlapping realities
Synthetic hallucinogens even when taken in small amounts could have the following effects on users:
- Loss of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Cardiac arrest
- Respiratory arrest
All of the information above is a brief overview of some of the drugs on the synthetic drugs list. The types of synthetic drugs found in this article may come off as innocent on the street but in reality can cause a large list of problems for the user.
If you believe that you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to synthetic drugs call Better Addiction Care today to speak with a representative. Call 1.800.429.7690 or visit our website at betteraddictioncare.com.