Marijuana is one of the most commonly abused illicit substances in America. Known by several other names like cannabis, pot, weed, grass and hash, the drug is being increasingly used as a recreational drug, which in turn, is leading to rising incidences of previously unknown health-related issues. A health outcome that has recently come to the fore is cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), a condition that causes nausea and cyclic vomiting, accompanied by stomach pain and weight loss in chronic users of marijuana. Continue reading
One can never determine a person’s proclivity toward illicit substances based on his or her personality. If it would have been easy to determine which personality types were more prone to develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol, then half the problem of the researchers would have been successfully solved. However, with an ever-increasing number of research and studies, it has been possible to identify the indicators that can predict what kind of individuals are more prone to addiction. However, it appears that the answers are still pretty sketchy and not quite so “cut and dried.” Continue reading
Drug addiction is not something one can get rid of overnight. It requires planning, perseverance and dedication to give up drugs. Some people who are addicted to drugs, want to quit the habit. But it is easier said than done. However, one should never give up on the idea. Continue reading
Salvia is a hallucinogenic drug derived from an herb called Salvia divinorum found in southern Mexico (National Institute on Drug Abuse). The drug has recently gained popularity in America as a recreational drug. It is often described as an alternative to marijuana, but the effects are actually very different. The legality of the drug is an ongoing question within the American government and many people are motivated to rush to use salvia before the “loophole” on its use is closed for good. Unfortunately, the drug will always pose risks to a users’ health whether or not it affects their rap sheets.
Methamphetamine, commonly known as meth, is an addictive stimulant related to amphetamines. Meth is mostly used as a recreational drug. The Foundation for a Drug-Free World estimates that about 13 million Americans have used meth. Abuse of meth has been linked to a wide range of health problems and the manufacture of meth is also extremely dangerous. Due to the alarming popularity of this narcotic, it’s important to understand the dangers it poses to public safety. Continue reading
A club drug is any drug that is popular among teens and commonly found in places where young people congregate, such as night clubs, bars, concerts, raves and parties (National Institute on Drug Abuse). It is likely that people who frequent these social settings may come into contact with any number of these drugs, whether they seek them out or not. Club drugs don’t necessarily share any of the same properties, uses or effects, so each should be examined individually to get a full understanding of the dangers.
The National Institute of Health defines comorbidity as two health conditions occurring in the same person at the same time, or sequentially. These conditions can be diseases, disorders, illnesses or other health problems. When one talks about addiction, however, comorbidity refers specifically to the combination of addiction and mental illness in the same patient. These two conditions have been shown to be closely related, to the point where special research and attention has been devoted to pinpointing how it develops and how to best treat it.
Opiate production has always been limited by the opium poppy. In order to create morphine and other related drugs, the flower must be grown and harvested in foreign countries and then shipped to America. All of that stands to change with new research out of Stanford University. Professor Christina Smolka and her team have developed a way to cultivate opiates from yeast (The New York Times, “Narcotic Drugs Can Be Coaxed From Yeast”). This discovery can potentially sever the link between opium production and poppy trade. While this is great news for pharmaceutical companies to sever their reliance on foreign powers, it also opens the door for home-grown narcotic production.
Drug addiction is a mental disorder that causes people to crave a drug and find it almost impossible to stop using it even when they want to. Psychiatric research has discovered that other types of mental illnesses are often found in people who also suffer from addiction. When these two different conditions interact, they tend to make each condition worse than it would be alone. This state is called “comorbidity.” People with comorbid conditions require special consideration and treatment methods to address their unique needs (National Institute on Drug Abuse).
The drug MDMA, also called ecstasy or molly, is a popular choice for young people attending dance clubs, parties, concerts and other social settings. Although often used casually and with little concern over the side effects, MDMA can create a potentially lethal reaction under the wrong conditions and circumstances. Before taking ecstasy, it’s important to understand the risks of critical injury.