Living@Guelph - Choose Your Own Adventure Living
Drug Info
By Heather Courtney

Reduce your risks, and take the time to become informed about the substances you may choose to put into your body!

Cannabis (pot, marijuana, weed, dope, reefer, grass, ganja, hash, etc)

  • may result in user feeling relaxed, lively, giggly and talkative, or feeling tense, anxious, paranoid and confused. At low doses, distorts sensation and perception. Higher doses may result in psycho-hallucinations (seeing things that you know are not real) or true hallucinations (where you lose touch with reality).
  • THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannibinol), the active substance in cannabis, is stored in the body's fat cells and may be expelled over a period of days or weeks.
  • raises heart rate and lowers blood pressure while altering depth perception, attention span and concentration.

    Ecstasy (MDMA, E)

  • may result in user experiencing a pleasant, relaxed, euphoric state with rushes of exhilaration sometimes with nausea. Enhanced feelings of empathy, self-acceptance, and emotional warmth are often experienced whereas hallucinations are not.
  • Causes release of serotonin in the brain, while increasing blood pressure and heart rate, similar to moderate exercise.
  • if taking ecstasy, stay HYDRATED! Over-heating is a main danger - drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.
  • potentially dangerous for those with a history of high blood pressure, stroke, liver or kidney problems, or hypersensitivity to drugs And risk of potentially fatal hypertensive crisis for those taking MAOI's (type of anti-depressant)

    LSD (Acid)

  • A user's actual drug "trip" often has phases that begin about 30 minutes after ingestions and last up to 8 hours. Colours may appear brighter, and objects appear to pulse or have 'trails' following them. Hallucinations and other effects become more intense and time often feels much slowed. About 5 to 6 hours after trip begins, effect begin to subside and after about 8 hours, there may be only residual effects
  • hallucinogenic or psychedelic "trip-inducing" drug usually absorbed into paper (a.k.a. hits) or sugar cubes to be swallowed
  • LSD may trigger schizophrenia-like symptoms, panic/anxiety attacks, underlying mental issues, paranoia, perceptual disorders, and delusions that all may last for sometime after (flashbacks)

    Magic Mushrooms (psilocybin)

  • psilocybin may give similar effects to those of hallucinogenic LSD and effects vary by dosage
  • a mushroom 'trip' usually lasts at least 4 to 5 hours and often begins approximately 15-25 minutes of ingestion of mushrooms
  • users sometimes report having 'bad trips' inducing confusion, panic, and anxiety that in rare cases, may recur days, weeks or even months after a bad trip (a.k.a. flashbacks)

    Cocaine

  • may result in user feeling a burst of energy.
  • his white powder derived from the leaves of the S. American coca plant is both a local anesthetic and a stimulant- it causes a sudden increase in heart rate, blood pressure and breathing (your body is in 'overdrive').
  • crack cocaine or 'freebase' are chemically altered types of cocaine which can be smoked for an intense, brief high followed by a low, where the nervous system works more slowly than usual.
  • shared or dirty equipment as well as impurities within the drug can lead to infections.
  • about 1 in 10 people become regular users but for those people, cocaine is highly addictive.

    Speed, Methamphetamine, Crystal

  • floods the body with adrenaline, instigating a super-charge of strength and endurance
  • can produce increased blood pressure and heart rates, sweating, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, paranoia
  • "coming down" off speed can involve total physical and mental exhaustion, including deep mental depression
  • speed + ecstasy = soaring body temperatures, which can strain the heart

    GHB

  • a central nervous system depressant that is naturally produced by your body in minute amounts.
  • when taken as a drug, GHB often results in a user feeling 'drunk' and is very dangerous when mixed with alcohol! It is possible to fall unconscious and be temporarily unable to be awakened (coma) and depress breathing- even to the point of death.
  • should not be used with alcohol, benzodiazepines (e.g. Thorazine, Stellazine), various painkillers (barbiturates and opiates), anticonvulsants (eg. Dilantin, Phenobarbital), muscle relaxants, and over the counter allergy and sleep remedies
  • potentially dangerous for those with hypertension, heart disorder or epilepsy

    One of the most important things: if you are going to take drugs, make sure to have trustworthy friends with you who know what's going on. If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable at anytime you should feel confident that they are there for you. Staying clean is always an option, you are the one who ultimately chooses your own adventures.

    Special thanks to:

  • www.dancesafe.org - Promoting Health and Safety within the Rave and Nightclub Community
  • www.camh.net - Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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