6 Different Types of Stimulants Explained

Stimulant drugs, also known as “uppers,” are a type of stimulant drugs that enhance the effects of certain chemicals in the brain such as dopamine (a chemical associated with pleasure and attention) and norepinephrine (a chemical connected to the fight-or-flight response). When taken, stimulants increase alertness and attention and elevate the user’s heart rate, respiration, and …

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The Differences Between Stimulants and Depressants

There are so many different types of drugs out there—both prescribed and illicit—that it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of them. However, it’s important to understand the different types, as this gives you a better awareness of the uses and risks associated with them. Two primary categories of drugs are stimulants (or “uppers”) …

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8 Documentaries About Substance Abuse on Netflix

Top 8 Documentaries About Substance Abuse Whether you’re in the mood for a light family comedy or a hard-hitting documentary on important topics, such as substance abuse, there are many drug documentaries that you can watch online. If you are looking for the latter, here are eight documentaries about the drug trade, the effects of drugs, …

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6 Different Types of Hallucinogens Explained

Hallucinogens, also known as psychedelic drugs, are substances that alter the brain’s chemicals. They cause psychological effects such as extreme emotional reactions and sensory distortions such as seeing or hearing things that don’t actually exist. Hallucinogens work in the brain’s cortex by activating receptors that are normally triggered by serotonin. There are many different types of hallucinogens …

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5 Key Studies to Read About Teenage Marijuana Use

The Internet is full of misinformation about teenage cannabis use. Going right to the experts will provide you with accurate, peer-reviewed and up-to-date research on how teenagers in the United States are using marijuana along with the impact their usage has on them. Here are five academic studies that will provide facts about the various …

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Teen Methamphetamine Use is Rising: Here’s Why

Drug trends are constantly changing. What might be a popular drug of choice today, can easily be obsolete in several years. This is often due to many factors including access, awareness and the prevalence of new, emerging drugs. One drug that appears to be on the rise is methamphetamine. In fact, amongst Americans over the …

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How Marijuana Regulation Can Help Keep Weed Out of Teens’ Hands

As you teach your teens about the risks and realities of drug abuse, it can be frustrating or intimidating for some to see the increase in legalization of marijuana across the country. You're not alone: increased access and increased teen usage is one of the biggest concerns around the legalization of marijuana. After all, doesn't …

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Ketamine and Depression: What Parents Need to Know

Ketamine is best-known as a potentially harmful substance that is often abused at parties, clubs and raves due to its hallucinogenic effects. However, a growing number of studies are finding that ketamine can be helpful for treating depression when other treatments aren’t working. Ketamine as a Party Drug Ketamine was originally created as an anesthetic …

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Why Synthetic Drugs are Becoming More Popular

With the fast rate at which drug trends always seem to be evolving, it can be difficult to keep up and know what current risks are out there. One trend that has been increasing in popularity is the use of synthetic drugs. Here's what you need to know about this progression. Cannabinoids vs Cathinones First …

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A Brief History of Opiates

Stretching back in time, all the way back to the era of Mesopotamia at the end of the third millenium B.C., records of opiate use can be found. Now, their use is banned in some cases, while prescribed in others in the United States. How has the use of opiates developed over the years to …

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Is Recovery Different with Different Types of Drugs?

Recovery is often used as an umbrella term for substance abuse with little regard for how recovery may differ from one drug to another. Drugs like cocaine, narcotics, marijuana and alcohol all have different properties and chemicals that can affect the way one experiences recovery. How Withdrawal Symptoms May Differ Withdrawal symptoms can vary greatly …

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