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The addicted brain – Part 3: Pattern of consuming drugs determines spike in psychoactive effects

The addicted brain - Part 3: Pattern of consuming drugs determines spike in psychoactive effects

People have experimented with drugs for many generations and will perhaps continue to do so as a means for activating the brain’s reward center. As drugs enter the body, the bloodstream carries them throughout the system, which reaches the brain as well. One way to check the potency of a drug is by measuring how intense its effects are and how quickly it affects the brain. However, the way the drug is taken into the system can also account for how quickly the drug can travel to the brain and how intense is the level of high experienced. These are known as pharmacokinetic variables reflect the way the body absorbs and distributes a drug. Continue reading

7 dangerous street drugs

7 dangerous street drugs

Studies have shown that alcohol and tobacco are the most addictive and dangerous legal substances that can affect a person adversely. However, there are many other destructive and perilous drugs that can affect a person’s mental and physical state. While some of these drugs cause harmful long-term effects, others have the potential to trigger an adverse reaction even after the first dose. Thus, whether illegal or prescribed, drugs can cause severe complications to the body and mind, when misused or abused. Continue reading

Major drug busts of 2016

Major drug busts of 2016

The United States has been waging a war against drugs for more than 50 years now. The effort to curb the use of addictive substances started in 1922 when the government officially banned cocaine. In 1971, the then U.S. President, Richard Nixon, famously declared the “war on drugs,” when he drastically increased the size and presence of federal drug control agencies and put certain measures in place like mandatory sentencing and no-knock warrants. He had also temporarily classified marijuana as Schedule I drug, which was the most restrictive category for drugs with high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use in the U.S. Continue reading