Some drugs that may be considered as of one aspect may fall into another category where their use is totally altered by the user. This is because they may change the effects on the user due to the way in which they may be used and the body type reaction they may cause. For example Cannabis/Marijuana has different effects on the user depending on how it will be used, it is generally considered as depressant but the effects may cause it to be termed a hallucinogen when used in large quantities that cause a different type of reaction on the user.
Based and structured upon the qualities that may have to be further researched, there are there main categories of certain drugs however some cross borders and are mainly dependent on how they may be used. The drugs are based on factors such as their use their effects and also side effects on the body of the user. Another factor to consider may be on the basis of how they are addictive or not. The basic structure of classification falls into three aspects Stimulants, Depressants and Hallucinogens.
Stimulants generally cause a rapid increase in blood circulation and a slight form of body excitement. They will cause a rush up in the functioning of the mental and will also cause a rush in physical functioning. Since they cause the body to be more alert and eager sometimes their usage may span in form and will differ from one user to the other hence there usage is highly situation dependent. The stimulants may vary in usage and may be used in the treatment of medical situations that may be inclusive but not restricted to attention-deficit disorder/ narcolepsy and may even be used for factors that are not legally acceptable. Those of who use it for illicit purposes mainly use it for recreational purposes.
Depressants are mainly used as a means in the treatment of insomnia as well as factors of anxiety. They cause a different stir in the bodies of the users as well as opposed to what stimulants do; i.e. cause a stimulation of mind as well as alertness depressants mainly are used for the opposite purposes and have been seen to cause a slowing down of cognitive factors that are of the body. They may be used to tone down over stimulation and have been seen to have their effects into the treatment of meager factors of insomnia, anxiety and other types of overstimulation.
Stimulants as well as depressants can be easily accessed inform of prescription as an over the counter dosage. This doesn’t bar it from being sold in illegal turfs. Crack/coke/cocaine as is popularly known as well as others such as MDMA/ecstasy, ephedrine and amphetamines are examples of popular stimulant drugs, Coke and MDMA are illicit drugs whereas the rest can only be as per the doctors recommendations. Caffeine that is mainly found in mild beverages such as coffee and tea is sometime s added to some over the counter drugs. Alcohol is a depressant mainly used for recreational purposes.
Some of the effects of these drugs will be listed below on how they vary their effects on the bodies of the users as well as their accessibility. Stimulants as has been noted before can be accessed from a variety of sources both legal and illegal ways. They have a variety for use from treatment as well as illicit recreation purposes. Since they are have stimulating effects they may create a form of “rush” in the body of the user, which is achieved in that they may increase metabolism by increasing heart rate, respiration and blood pressure (Jeffrey 65). At this point stamina and physical endurance is achieved in that being said. Frequent urination and hyperactivity may be observed and increased energy levels may be seen due to this sweating may occur.
Depressants will slow body functions once infused into the system. Breathing and pulse rate may be on a reduced functionality level. Impairment of the body coordination may occur due to these effects thus sedation and motor functions may slack out.
Cocaine as well as amphetamines can be responsible for a number of body effects that may be used against the well-being of the body. Nervousness and other factors that have severe emotional and physical side effects may be incurred. Insomnia may occur.
Abuse and dependence may occur when an individual is said to have a tendency of having the urge to frequently use them whether or not they want to. When addiction occurs some of the effects that may occur may include extreme fatigue irritability, depression and other factors as much as the use may be also discouraged. Withdrawal of depressants on the other hand may cause seizure etc. the drugs as seen from the above passage may lead to two way issues when abused they may have adverse effects and when used properly they may be a means of treatment.
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