Yes, it's legal for people 21 and older. One reason is that alcohol can have seriously dangerous, long-term impacts on a body and brain that are still developing. Also, statistics show that more teens are killed by alcohol than by all illegal drugs combined.
Since it contains amphetamine-like chemicals, bath salts will always carry the risk of stroke, heart attack and sudden death. It may be legal in some states, but so is rat poison, and you probably wouldn't want to ingest that either.
Using cocaine or crack-even only once—is dangerous, and the more you use, the worse the effects are on your brain and heart. Continued use can make you depressed, agitated and manic. Cocaine-related deaths are often caused by cardiac arrest or seizures, followed by respiratory failure (meaning, you stop breathing).
Taken as directed for sicknesses and colds, DXM is a safe drug. Taken at high doses, it can damage your senses and can easily be deadly. In 2003, a 14-year-old boy in Colorado who abused DXM died when two cars hit him as he tried to cross a highway. Investigators believe that taking DXM affected the boy's depth perception and caused him to misjudge the distance and speed of the oncoming vehicles.
The word is that Ecstasy lets you get in touch with all your senses. But what you might really "get in touch with" is the sensation of shaking, cramps, nausea, sweating and blurred vision-now, that doesn't really sound like fun. Also not fun, is the life-long damage Ecstasy can do to your brain.
With GHB, the nickname "grievous bodily harm" is actually no joke. Coma and seizures can occur whenever you use GHB. Combined with other drugs or alcohol, its use can result in lung failure and death.
The effects of hallucinogenic drugs are unpredictable. They depend on the amount taken and on your own unique personality and body chemistry. What is predictable is that when you hallucinate, you dramatically disturb the normal functioning of your brain. And this will always make you vulnerable to dangerous, or even fatal, accidents.
It is a fast high, but it's one that can be instantly fatal. Also, the high risk of addiction should make you stop and think before ever giving it a try. One time could lead to a lifetime of chasing a high that can ruin your body and your life.
Inhalants can be damaging to both your body and brain. The dangerous effects can be irreversible, and the truth is, when you inhale or "huff" one of these toxic chemicals, you can die instantly — even the very first time.
In some cases, ketamine can make you black out and become unable to move, so you'll feel like you're dead. In other cases, it can make you black out while you continue to be able to move, so you can imagine how that could lead to a dangerous, or even deadly, situation.
LSD disrupts the normal functioning of the brain, making you see images, hear sounds and feel sensations that seem real but aren't. As one of the most important organs of your body, your brain works tirelessly to oversee all of the feelings, actions and operations of your body. When you think about it, LSD seems like a cruel and dangerous hoax to play on your brain.
Some movies and music make "stoner" culture seem cool, natural and like it's not a big deal. But if being fit and getting good grades are some of your goals, using marijuana can become a big deal, fast. Marijuana limits your brain's effectiveness, slows your thinking and impairs your coordination. A number of studies have also shown an association between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, depression and schizophrenia.
Powerfully addictive and powerfully damaging to your body and brain—you might ask yourself if meth is really worth the risk. If you get hooked, paranoia, skin scabs and a toothless "meth mouth" might be the best you'll get out of the deal. But long-term brain damage and death are the risks you also take.
Because it's a fungus that grows in the earth, some people may suggest hallucinogenic mushrooms are natural and okay to consume. But nature produces a number of plants that are instantly poisonous and can cause injury or death. By disturbing and potentially damaging the normal functioning of your brain, mushrooms definitely fall into the category of a dangerous, natural poison.
Since they're legal and easy to find, OTC drugs are also easy to abuse. Like any medicine, they can have their benefits when taken as directed and in moderation. But there's always the danger of taking too much, mixing them with other drugs and even overdosing. They can damage your body for life, and even cause death.
Prescription drugs are medicines that are legitimately prescribed by doctors to treat a variety of health conditions. When taken under a doctor's supervision, these drugs can have great benefits. But some people believe that since these drugs are legal and prescribed by doctors, they must be safe. The truth is that it's easy to abuse or misuse prescription drugs, and the results can be dangerous, and even deadly.
With the extreme damage it does to your central nervous system, the effects of Rohypnol can make any activity lethal, or any party dangerous. This is one drug that can knock you out completely, maybe even for life.
Your brain works tirelessly to process and respond to external information and to keep your body functioning efficiently. Hallucinogens like salvia divinorum are always risky, because of the powerful way they work to disturb the normal functioning of your brain. When you hallucinate, your brain loses the power it has to protect you, which is always a dangerous state.
Sure, it would be nice to get that strong body you want, fast and easy, but at what cost? Over time, you may get rapid muscle growth, but you can also get opposite-sex characteristics. Make a mental picture of yourself and all the potential risks: hair loss, potential height loss, breast loss or gain—then add those muscles. Probably not the look you were going for.
Smoking tobacco and smokeless tobacco are both carriers of the highly addictive drug nicotine. Once your body gets a taste for nicotine, it can easily become a life-long addiction, with highly fatal consequences. Although quitting can be difficult at any age, the good news is that by giving up tobacco for life, you can drastically improve your health and reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and other life-threatening diseases associated with tobacco use.