Hallucinogens (Drugs: The Straight Facts (Hardcover))

Hallucinogens (Drugs: The Straight Facts (Hardcover))

Randi Mehling

Language: English

Pages: 125

ISBN: 0791072614

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Drugs are everywhere--on our streets, in our homes, and in our schools--but straight facts about drugs are not. Drugs: The Straight Facts fills this void with candid discussions that emphasize a historical and scientific approach to learning about drugs, their use, and their effect on the user's health. Discover hallucinogenic substances in their many forms, including LSD and psychedelic mushrooms. This book helps readers understand the effect that powerful psychoactive drugs can have on the brain and emotions.

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dose-related. On the basis of these human and animal study results, scientists have preliminarily established that MDMA may be harming the neurons that release serotonin. Related studies show conflicting results as to whether the serotonin transporters regenerate after a certain period of abstension from the drug, whether other nerve fibers may compensate for the depleted serotonin cells, or whether serotonin levels in women are more negatively affected than in men. Despite these areas of

LSD and the other hallucinogens began in 1975. Although various data are available on each of the hallucinogens mentioned, LSD and MDMA drug use will be the focus of our report. PCP and THC trends and attitudes are beyond the scope of this book. Despite differences in methodology, the NHSDA data and the MTF survey have shown similar long-term trends in the prevalence of substance abuse among youths. In addition to measuring prevalence, these surveys discuss teen perceptions of the harmfulness of

risk from regular use of LSD among twelfth graders (76 to 74 percent). However, fewer twelfth graders than tenth graders saw any harm in trying LSD once or twice — in 2001, only 33 percent thought so. Put another way, almost 70 percent of twelfth graders surveyed agreed there was little harm in trying LSD. The trend that is occurring with teens who use MDMA also confounds researchers. The use of MDMA has been dramatically increasing over the past few years, yet the perceived risks have also

adolescents will eventually experiment with psychoactive drugs. Since their goal is to lessen the harms associated with drug use, these programs actively educate adolescents about the relative risks and responsible use of drugs. Most harm reduction education targets teenagers, since they are the age group most likely to experiment with drugs. DanceSafe is one of several organizations that uses the harm reduction model to counteract the risks of Ecstasy use in club settings. This nonprofit

and altered perceptions inherent in hallucinogenic effects. People who grow up in families with a strong hold on their emotions and tight definitions of what are “real” or “normal” experiences are more likely to feel anxiety when their “traditional moorings” are cut free during the hallucinogen experience. (This is a fine example of set!) ACUTE AND CHRONIC EFFECTS: A DISCUSSION Short-term, acute effects describe a condition that is temporary and short-lived; long-term, chronic effects are

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