What are Recreational Drugs?
Recreational drugs are probably among the most popular drugs because of their intended uses. Just as the name implies, they’re designed to improve one’s recreational experiences. These recreational activities often include fun, entertainment and pleasure. With people’s quest to have more fun, they take these drugs in order to improve the experiences.
What are the Most Used Recreational Drugs?
Aside from being the most popular drugs, they are also among the most common so you can expect that there are a lot of substances that can be considered as recreational drugs. Here is a list of the 17 most used recreational drugs:
1. Caffeine – also known as cafe, espresso, guarana, natural stimulant, coffee, cup of joe and java
2. Cannabis – also known as marijuana, pot, ganja, hashish, grass, weed, Mary Jane, reefer, Aunt Mary and dope
3. Alcohol - also known as booze, do it fluid, fire water, hooch and sauce
4. Tobacco – also known as cancer stick, chew fags, smoke, dip and puff
5. Heroin – also known as black tar, China white, dust, horse, junk, Mexican mud, scag, shit and smack
6. Cocaine – also known as Coke, blow, C, Charlie, devil’s dandruff, flake, marching powder, pearl flake, Peruvian marching powder, snow and toot
7. Ecstasy – also known as E, X, XTC, pills, love drug, hug drug, scooby snacks, e-tarts and go
8. Amphetamines – also known as speed, bennies, co-pilots, crank, crystal, desoxyn, dexies, diet pills, lid poppers, eye openers, meth, pep pill, ups and wake ups
9. Barbiturates – also known as bluebirds, blues, downers, goofball, tooties and yellow jackets
10. LSD – also known as blotter acid, blotters, dots, LSD-25, microdots, tabs and trips
11. Opium – also known as black stuff, Big O, block, dover’s powder, paregoric, parepectolin, aunti, Chinese tobacco and dopium
12. Psychedelic mushrooms – also known as shrooms, magic mushrooms, mushrooms, caps, boomers, God’s flesh and silly putty
13. Solvents – also known as laughing gas, glue, gas, whippits, poppers, snappers and rush
14. Prescription medications – also known as vike, blues, rid, chill pills, tranqs, benzos and double trouble
15. GHB – also known as G, liquid ecstasy, Georgia home boy, liquid x and grievous bodily harm
16. Mescaline – also known as big chief, cactus, mess, crystal, mesc and buttons
17. 2cb – also known as 7th heaven, 7 up, blue mystic, lucky 7, tripstasy and beautiful
What Effects Do these Recreational Drugs Have?
Caffeine – When abused, it can result to caffeine intoxication that can lead to restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, unintentional twitches of the muscles and increased urination. It can also lead to irregular heart beats and even delusions when taken in extremely large doses.
Cannabis – When taken in moderate dosages, cannabis is relatively safe. Users often talk about a sense of euphoria and well-being. There is no established long-term effects except the possibility of users moving on to more dangerous drugs due to the gateway effect.
Ethanol – When taken in low dosages like about 360 ml. of beer, it can improve a person’s sleeping pattern. However, higher dosages can disrupt a person’a sleeping pattern. Euphoria is also very common for low to moderate dosages. However, abuse of ethanol can lead to unconsciousness, vomiting and a decreased heart rate.
Tobacco – Heavy smokers will often suffer from some sort of heart or lung disease later on in life. In addition to heart attacks, there’s also the risk of lung cancer.
Heroin – This drug affects the central nervous system. Because of this, the user’s mental functions are affected. Long-term users can also suffer from kidney diseases later on in life together with skin infections from too much injections.
Cocaine – Short-term users have found out that they’re more alert after taking cocaine. In addition, they also have more energy. Another popular effect is the suppression of appetite. This is why it’s very popular in the modeling industry. These effects often hook them into addiction which is a long-term effect. Once addicted, this opens the gateway for potential problems like respiratory failure, seizures, strokes and gastrointestinal problems.
Ecstasy – Its short-term effects greatly benefit people who are looking to improve recreational experiences since users experience a general sense of euphoria and well-being. The users’ social skills are also improved. On the other hand, users may suffer from involuntary clenching and grinding of the jaw. In addition, hyponatremia is a realistic effect when abused. This is when the body suffers from low blood sodium levels.
Amphetamines – Users are known to be very hyperactive. This also leads to a rapid heart rate and high blood pressure. Things can get nasty when this drug is abused. Psychosis is very common as a long-term side effect.
Barbiturates – There’s a reason why it’s important to monitor users who are taking barbiturates for medical purposes. This is because there are a lot of side-effects that include having difficulty breathing, severe confusion and weakness. There’s also the high risk of addiction. Physically, bleeding sores and white spots in and around the mouth area are very common. Skin problems are also reported.
LSD – It’s hard to specify the effects of this drug. This is because the effects are very dependent on the users themselves. However, it’s a known appetite suppressant. In addition, it’s known to attack the user’s senses and emotions.
Opium – Breathing slows down when this drug is taken. This is why it can be potentially dangerous. Sometimes, the user becomes unconscious because of the slowed breathing. When taken in large doses, it can even lead to death.
Psychedelic mushrooms – Users feel joy during the 4-6 hour trip. They also feel very light and giggly. Users have commented that it’s like being in a dream. However, there’s also the possibility of a bad trip that can be compared to being in a nightmare that you can’t wake up from. This usually leads to anxiety and sometimes, it can even lead to paranoia.
Solvents – The effects are very similar to the effects of ethanol. However, you can also hallucinate when you inhale solvents. There’s also the possibility of rashes around the mouth.
Prescription medications – The most common side effect is addiction. All the other effects revolve around the fact that you’re addicted to the drug. Even if you’re already suffering from depression, infections and even paranoia, you’re still taking the drug because you’re addicted to it.
GHB – When taken in low dosages, it can help users relax and relieve anxiety. This is because of its known sedative effects. But these same effects can be deadly when the drug is abused. When taken in high dosages, it can lead to being in a coma or even death.
Mescaline – The most common side-effect is extreme nausea that can lead to extreme vomiting. It’s also a known hallucinogen.
2cb – When taken in low dosages, users have reported that it’s an aphrodisiac. Users may also hallucinate.
How Do These Recreational Drugs Look Like and How Are They Taken?
Cannabis – The cannabis plant is green in color. It’s most popular for its serrated and digitized leaves. It’s often smoked by rolling it in tobacco paper or by using a bong.
Ethanol – It’s in liquid form that’s clear and colorless. It’s usually taken with alcoholic beverages.
Tobacco – It looks like dried leaves that have been shredded. It’s commonly smoked.
Heroin – It usually takes the form of powder and is white in color. It’s very similar to powdered milk. It is usually injected to the body. But sometimes, it’s also snorted or smoked.
Cocaine – It’s like heroin, but it’s more of crystal than powder. It’s often snorted. It can also be smoked or injected.
Ecstasy – It’s commonly in pill or capsule form. The color and design varies greatly. The pill is taken orally.
Amphetamines – There are the ones that are prescribed so they come in either pill or capsule form. However, there are also the powdered form which is white in color. It’s taken like heroin and cocaine so it can be snorted or injected.
Barbiturates – It can be in the form of pills and as such, are taken orally. It can also be in the form of white crystals that can be mixed with water and injected into the body.
LSD – It’s often in the liquid form and is usually taken orally.
Opium – It’s tar-like in appearance and is often smoked.
Psychedelic mushrooms – The mushroom has a very small cone for its top and has a black spot. It’s usually taken orally by either eating raw or cooked. Just be careful because there are a lot of poisonous mushrooms that look like the psychedelic mushroom.
Solvents – It depends on the solvent of choice but they’re generally liquid or gel-like in form. They’re usually inhaled. Some users place a few drops inside a plastic or paper bag for easier inhalation.
Prescription medications – It depends on the medication. It can be in tablet, capsule or liquid form. They’re taken orally.
GHB – It can be in the form of either a clear liquid or white crystal-like powder. It’s usually taken orally and is popularly added in beverages.
Mescaline – It’s also in white crystal form and can be packed into pills. Although it can also take the form of its host – the Peyote cactus which looks like small buttons. These buttons can be eaten. In its powder form, it’s usually taken orally although it can also be smoked.
2cb – It’s sold in powder form. However, it can also be packed into pills before being sold. It’s usually taken orally although it can also be snorted.