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India Getting High on Expensive Club Drugs

We are witness to a generation that drinks to get sloshed drunk and high to get blown.

In most families across India every celebration, social do or function calls for popping the cork. Children grow up seeing the revelry of alcohol and more often than not one or both parents getting drunk. Thus, alcohol is considered an inevitable and “normal” part of routine beverages consumed like water, tea coffee etc. Where cigarettes used to be the macho thing to do at the threshold of adolescence, today it is also Marijuana. Many youngsters these days believe that as ‘pot’ is now legal in certain parts of the world it is not addictive. They typically use it for fun and enjoyment.

The party culture that is witnessed in today’s world completely revolves around addictive substances. Dopers are becoming dealers to ‘spread the joy’ and youths are going gaga over club drugs to have a good high and uplift their mood. Where MDMA / ecstasy was the commonest party drug at a point, today Cocaine lines cut or crack or heroin are carried in trays and served to guests who would like to indulge at parties along with alcohol.

Other common drugs are LSD, ephedrine, ketamine and methaqualone, Heroin, methadone etc. In this article we are going to discuss about few trendy club drugs and their effects.

Marijuana

Consumption of Marijuana:

Bhang is usually eaten or mixed with a cold drink of milk and dry fruits. Hashish and ganja are crushed and mixed with tobacco. The mixture is rolled in a cigarette and smoked.

Effects of Marijuana:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • An extreme form of anxiety or fear
  • Uncontrollable bouts of laughter
  • Lack of clear and orderly thought or behavior
  • Sluggish speech
  • Eating binges
  • The peculiar herbal smell in hair, clothes, or in the area where the drug was consumed
  • Presence of marijuana seeds, smoking devices (chillums and bongs), smoking paper, ‘roaches’ (rolled-up cardboard to create an artificial filter)

Marijuana is a plant indigenous to Asia and is consumed in many forms. Some kinds of Marijuana are –

  • Hashish – the resin of the plant, usually reddish-brown to black in color.
  • Ganja – refers to the leaves and stem, and is usually greenish in color.
  • Bhang – a dark brown or black preparation of marijuana leaves and flowers and other additives such as herbs and spices
  • Spliff – Marijuana cigarette
  • Bong – Waterpipe for smoking
  • Joint / Bob – Marijuana cigarette made of rolling paper
  • Ganga-Jamuna – A combination of Marijuana & Hash.

Health Risks of Marijuana consumption

Physical – one marijuana cigarette is equivalent to five tobacco cigarettes in terms of damage to the body. It can cause brain damage, infertility, and loss of memory.

Psychological – A motivational syndrome- the will to do something is diminished. take responsibility, apathy, lethargy set in.

Methaqualone

The drug highlighted in the movie The Wolf of Wall Street is originally discovered by an Indian scientist in the 1950s. It was used medically as a substitute for barbiturates. However when one prevents falling to sleep after eating it, it leads to an ‘epic’ high – Methaqualone can cause serious emotional problems including depression, epilepsy, and delirium. 150-500 mg (not more than a therapeutic dose) can produce a sensual, euphoric state and a relaxed, intimate mood. It is highly addictive, and abrupt withdrawal, if not properly supervised, can cause death. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Methaqualone is particularly dangerous when consumed with alcohol. Coma and convulsions can result from acute ingestion of 2 gm of Methaqualone and death from 8 gm.

Effects of Methaqualone

The active ingredient in Methaqualone is an anxiolytic (lowers anxiety) and a sedative-hypnotic drug that leads to a state of drowsiness. And the effects are acute and chronic.

  • Reduced heart rate
  • Increased sexual arousal
  • Numbness of the fingers and toes
  • Slurred speech
  • Headaches
  • Convulsions
  • Death through cardiac or respiratory arrest.

MDMA or Ecstasy

This form of drug is available in pill tablet or capsule. The effect of MDMA sets in within 30 to 60 minutes. In 3.5 to 4 hours it peaks followed by a plateau and then a depressive phase to stave off which the pill is popped again.

Why don’t threats, emotional blackmail and guilt make an addict stop using?

Effects of MDMA

The person under influence becomes physically very active alert and hence it is used in rave parties where people dance nonstop for the entire night and day. The music has a synergistic effect in enhancing the psychedelic effects. The mind becomes hyperactive. Thoughts run at a high speed.

At times to enhance the psychedelic effects it is combined with LSD, Psilocybin mushrooms or Ketamine called as “flipping”

  • Dry mouth
  • Lack of appetite
  • Bruxism or lockjaw
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Empathetic feelings
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of focus

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