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Synthetic cannabis is chemically similar to the chemicals found in marijuana but has a much stronger impact on the brain. The human-made, mind-altering chemicals are sprayed on dried, shredded plant material; the material is smoked or liquified for vapor inhalation through e-cigarettes or other means. Street names include Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Red X, and Snax.
Side-Effects of Synthetic Cannabis
Synthetic cannabis use can cause:
- Altered perception;
- Elevated mood;
- Extreme anxiety;
- Hallucinations; and/or
- Paranoia or symptoms of psychosis.
Mostly known by their street name of bath salts, synthetic cathinones are a chemical relative to cathinone, a naturally occurring substance found in the khat plant. It’s a brown or white crystal-like powder and can be injected, smoked, snorted, or swallowed. Street names for synthetic cathinones include Bliss, Cloud Nine, Drone, Ivory Wave, Red Dove, Snow Leopard, and White Lightning.
Side-Effects of Synthetic Cathinones
While a lot still isn’t known about how bath salts affect your brain, a common synthetic cathinone — MDPV — is at least 10 times more powerful than cocaine. Other side effects can include:
- Excited delirium;
- Increased friendliness;
- Increased sex drive;
- Panic attacks; and/or
Psychedelics are two groups of drugs — classic hallucinogens like LSD and dissociative drugs like PCP — that alter the perception of your surroundings, feelings, and thoughts. These drugs can be ingested by a range of means, like swallowing pills or tablets, snorting, and/or brewing into tea. Street names are wide and varied but include Acid, Angel Dust, Boomers, Buttons, California Sunshine, Love Boat, Lucy, Magic Mushrooms, Magic Mint, and Shrooms.
Side-Effects of Psychedelics
Most psychedelics cause users to feel changes in the sense of time; increased heart rate; intensified feelings and sensory experiences; and/or nausea. But other side effects can include:
- Bizarre behaviors;
- Dry mouth;
- Excessive sweating;
- Feelings of relaxation; and/or
- Paranoia or psychosis.
Long-term effects are rare but can include persistent psychosis — disorganized thinking, mood changes, and visual disturbances — or hallucinogen persisting perception disorder — recurrences of certain drug experiences. These conditions usually occur when you have a history of mental illness, but they can happen to anyone.
Piperazines mimic the effects of ecstasy and were once a legal alternative to the substance. Users note euphoric feelings, enhanced alertness, and decreased appetite when taking piperazines. This substance comes in a range of forms and shapes, including an off-white powder, pills, capsules, or liquid. Common street names include A2, Frenzy, and Nemesis.
Side-Effects of Piperazines
Because it has similar effects, the side effects of piperazines are similar to ecstasy and may include:
- Allergic reactions;
- Irregular heart rhythms;
- Stomach pain and/or vomiting.
FENTANYL AND OTHER OPIOIDS
Synthetic forms of fentanyl and other opioids affect the brain’s opioid receptors to create similar pain relief effects. They may be a powder or tablet form — tablets often mimic the shape, size, and imprints of prescribed opioids. Street names include Apache, Captain Cody, Doors & Fours, Dillies, Goodfella, Loads, Pancakes & Syrup, Percs, and Oxycat.
Side-Effects of Opioids
Because synthetic opioids affect the same receptors in your brain as others, you may experience:
Decreased breathing rate;
The strength and unknown dosage amounts of synthetic opioids make an overdose highly possible. Common signs include cold or clammy skin; changes in pupil size; stupor; and/or severely reduced respiratory rate.
K2 AND SPICE
K2 or Spice is a plant material mixture sprayed with psychoactive synthetic chemicals, which frequently looks like potpourri. The chemicals are meant to mimic the effects of THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana. K2 or Spice is used by smoking or inhaled as a vapor. The substance has many street names, some of which include Blaze, Black Magic, Dream, Genie, Ninja, and Yucatan.
Side-Effects of K2 and Spice
It’s possible to develop a dependence on K2 and Spice and experience side effects such as:
- Agitation and anxiety;
- Disorganized thoughts;
- Elevated blood pressure;
- Paranoid delusions; and/or
- Violent behaviors.
MOLLY OR MDMA
Molly or MDMA, the main active ingredient in many ecstasy tablets, is a psychedelic and stimulant. It’s noted for its effects of empathy, euphoria, feelings of physical closeness, and lowered inhibitions. MDMA tablets are usually swallowed but also crushed and snorted; it’s also used in a powder form. Common street names include Beans, Disco Biscuit, E, Eve, Hug Drug, Peace, and X.
Side-Effects of Molly or MDMA
Effects of Molly occur within an hour of taking the substance and may include:
- Anxiety and confusion;
- Blurred vision;
- Drug cravings;
- Increased blood pressure and heart rate;
- Increased sensitivity to touch;
- Muscle tension, including involuntary teeth clenching;
- Paranoia; and/or
- Sleep issues.
ARE RESEARCH CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES LEGAL?
Yes and no. Though they’re commonly categorized as synthetic substances for legal and regulatory research and purposes, most have legal counterparts specifically developed to get around drug enforcement regulations.
Currently, many state and federal drug laws outlaw specific molecules or structures — illicit manufacturers change the drug’s structure as new laws pass to stay ahead of regulation. The consistent but unregulated changes make research chemicals unpredictable for use.
WHAT ARE RESEARCH CHEMICALS?
Most research chemicals are new psychoactive substances (NPS) that are unregulated in the U.S. but may or may not have the same effects as illegal drugs. Most are sold online or at head shops, but some dealers are known to use social media platforms to reach users.
Research chemicals are usually remarketed as designer drugs, party pills, herbal highs, or legal alternatives to controlled substances, even though their toxicity is entirely unknown to the user. Essentially, these substances are knock-offs, at best, of legitimate substances researched and developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the U.S.
IDENTIFYING SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER SYMPTOMS
Substance use and dependence usually happen over time, though depending on the drug, a use disorder may occur after the first or second use. Symptoms of a substance use disorder can be substance-specific but commonly include:
- Need to take more of the substance for the same effect;
- Engaging in uncharacteristic behaviors to get more;
- Feeling as if you have to use it daily or multiple times a day;
- Driving or engaging in other risky behavior while under the influence; and/or
- Going through withdrawal symptoms after stopping use.
Research Chemicals and Polysubstance Use
Polysubstance use is when you take more than one drug. Usually, two or more are taken together or within a short timeframe. It can be intentional, such as consuming alcohol while taking a different substance, or unintentional, as is common with research chemicals. This happens when one substance is cut or mixed with another, such as adding fentanyl to LSD.
Combining two or more substances creates a dangerous situation as the combined effects may be more intense and/or unpredictable than single substances.
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RESEARCH CHEMICAL RECOVERY TREATMENT OPTIONS
Refresh Recovery provides several types of treatment for research chemical use disorder, and other substance disorders, at our state-of-the-art treatment facility.
Refresh Recovery Treatment Programs For Research Chemical Use
Our clinicians and providers work with each client to create a customized treatment plan within our varying levels of care.
RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT VS. PARTIAL HOSPITALIZATION PROGRAMS (PHP)
Residential treatment generally requires you to stay at a treatment facility around-the-clock until you’re ready for the next step in treatment. It’s not conducive for people with everyday responsibilities, such as a job and/or family, as you’d need to take time away.
Depending on the outpatient treatment program, you usually have a little more flexibility in maintaining a schedule outside of recovery. At Refresh Recovery, our Partial Hospitalization Program does require a full day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., during the week but leaves flexibility for family time and a job. This program offers an increased level of support in daily recovery while giving a continuum of care.
CLIENT-FOCUSED THERAPEUTIC TREATMENT OPTIONS AT REFRESH RECOVERY
Every day, we celebrate success alongside clients who’ve discovered the empowerment that comes with world-class therapeutic treatments. At Refresh Recovery, our staff uses a combination of evidence-based therapies, like dialectical behavioral therapy, medication-assisted therapy, motivational interviewing, and family support groups. We believe in a holistic approach to your recovery journey to support you and your loved ones.
Comprehensive Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Massachusetts
At Refresh Recovery, we provide comprehensive mental health and substance use disorder treatment in Massachusetts. Our experienced team offers evidence-based therapies to address a range of conditions, including addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. Find out how we can help you achieve long-term recovery.
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