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Indulging in salvia, a hallucinogenic herb, can produce an intense high. But that high and its side effects can actually be pretty dangerous. Watch this to learn more.
Transcript: If you're experiencing a high that starts with a laughing fit and changes to feelings of fright or utter...
If you're experiencing a high that starts with a laughing fit and changes to feelings of fright or utter bewilderment, you - or someone you know -- probably took the drug called salvia. Salvia, also known as Shepherdess's Herb and Ska Pastora, is a psychoactive mint that's been used for centuries in traditional Latin American spiritual practices. In the United States, however, it's used as a recreational hallucinogen, most often by high school and college students. YouTube videos, including one from the pop star Miley Cyrus, have detailed the high. According to a 2011 survey, 5.9 percent of 12th-graders said they had used salvia in the previous year. Fortunately, it is something most people only try once or twice. Salvia comes in leaf, liquid or powder form. Leaves can be chewed or put into teas. As a liquid it can be mixed into drinks and as a powder it can be mixed in with with tobacco or marijuana and smoked. Salvia kicks in quickly and supplies an intense 20 minute high . Effects include: psychedelic-like visual changes, altered mood and body sensations, emotional swings and feelings of detachment from reality. People under the influence easily hurt themselves because salvia impairs coordination and makes even walking risky. Injury could also be due to paranoid, even suicidal thoughts. Researchers have yet to establish long-term effects of Salvia, but experiments on rodents indicate that frequent use has a negative impact on learning and memory. It may be physically or psychologically addictive, especially among people who want to detach from painful emotional situations. The Drug Enforcement Agency is considering placing salvia in the same category as LSD or marijuana. Since 2006, at least 21 states have passed laws regulating or controlling the drug . For instance, in California it is illegal to sell salvia to anyone under 18 years old.More »
Last Modified: 2013-07-18 | Tags »
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Bath salts claim to be no more than scented Epsom salts, but that’s not at all what it is. See what this designer stimulant is actually composed of and how dangerous the associated high can be.
Transcript: In 2011, bath salts -- no, not the kind you put in your tub -- triggered more than 6,000 calls to poison...
In 2011, bath salts -- no, not the kind you put in your tub -- triggered more than 6,000 calls to poison control centers-up from 300 a year earlier. While this drug IS marketed under benign-sounding names like Ivory Wave and Bolivian Bath-- and claims to be no more than scented Epsom salts-- that's not at all what it is. Bath salts are designer stimulants made from mephedrone, MDPV- or methylene-dioxy-pyro-valerone, methylone, and other synthesized compounds, and each batch can vary widely from the last. The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration has made possession of those chemicals illegal, but quickly cooked up alternative compounds often slide through legal loopholes, enabling the sale of bath salts in smoke shops and online. To get around that, several states have laws banning the sale of anything called bath salts-whatever the ingredients. While some people choose to smoke it with tobacco or marijuana, bath salts' high is most intense, and dangerous, when snorted. It triggers increased heart rate, agitation and paranoia. It also causes chest pains, super strength, sexual aggression, hallucinations, delusions and thoughts of suicide. There have been numerous reports of assault and rape tied to bath salt use. While researchers are unclear as to the long-term effects of bath salts, they warn suicidal thoughts can persist for days after getting high. And they believe the mixtures can be very addictive since they are stimulants similar to amphetamine. For more information on the latest and most dangerous high, check out other videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2012-12-14 | Tags »
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Whether you're a grizzled veteran of the Mary Jane circuit, or you're a complete stranger to marijuana, you probably wouldn't mind knowing more about smoking weed. Can pot hurt you in the long term? Just how illegal is growing cannabis? Are
Transcript: Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in America, with 97.8 million people over twelve saying...
Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in America, with 97.8 million people over twelve saying they've tried it! Marijuana is also known as weed, pot, dope, herb...you get the idea! The drug, which acts as a mild hallucinogen, is actually the bud and leaves of the cannabis plant. Weed is usually smoked, but it can also be mixed in foods or brewed as tea. When you smoke marijuana, you'll feel mellow, relaxed, and generally happy. You may feel very hungry, a phenomenon known as the "munchies." But as your high continues, you might experience paranoia or confusion. You'll notice an increased heart rate and a loss of coordination. Excessive marijuana use can cause the same problems as tobacco smoking, such as bronchitis and emphysema. Despite its illegal status, marijuana is approved for controlled medicinal uses in several of the U.S. states. Marijuana has been illegal since 1937, and now you know the real deal with pot.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-18 | Tags »
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