What is marijuana?

Marijuana is a plant with the scientific name Cannabis sativa. People who take marijuana consume the seeds, leaves and stems so that they can feel intoxicated. Marijuana comprises several compounds, but the compound that has one of the most powerful intoxicating effects is THC also known as Tetrahydrocannabinol. Globally, marijuana is one of the most abused substances. And the number…

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What are opiates?

OPIATES are also known as opioids, and it is a term that refers to natural and synthetic substances that attach opioid receptors to the brain. Opiates are compounds of alkaloids that can be naturally gotten in the opium poppy plant.   Opiates contain some psychoactive compounds such as thebaine, morphine and codeine. Over the years, as far back as several…

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What is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is a stimulant of the amphetamine class that affects the central nervous system. Meth is typically found in the form of a fine, white powder, and white crystals. Like other amphetamines, Meth is a stimulant that results in an increased heart rate, hyperactivity and increased mental acuity and euphoria in lower doses. Methamphetamine is particularly dangerous when compared to…

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Just What Is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a stimulant hailing from the jungles of South America where it is extracted from the coca plant. Cocaine is an illegal drug that is smuggled into Canada and The United States by way of Mexico and The Caribbean. This drug typically appears as a fine, white powder, and is ingested by snorting. As with all other street drugs,…

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Heroin

Heroin is a highly addictive opioid drug that is derived from morphine, a naturally occurring substance found in poppy plants. While morphine is commonly found in medical settings, heroin is not used for legitimate medical purposes, rather it is used recreationally. There are a variety of methods by which one may ingest the Heroin drug, and these include snorting, injecting,…

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What Does It Mean to Enter an Alcohol Detox?

The definition of detoxification is as follows: “A treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol intended to rid the body of the addictive substances, and the physiological and mental readjustment that accompanies the process.” This definition refers to the physical withdrawal symptoms of alcohol abuse, as well as the psychological symptoms. Alcoholism requires detoxification before beginning treatment and recovery. When…

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Street Drug Names

Street drugs often have slang names. These slang names maybe descriptive of the actual drug or the effects the drug has on the user. Slang is often specific to certain geographic areas. Some slang terms mean one thing in part of the U.S. and something different in other parts. Additionally, users often create their own street names for drugs to…

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