10 Popular Controlled Substances And What They Do To Your Brain

Whether we choose to accept it or not, drugs are a huge part of this world. There are so many different types of substances with so many different effects, that it is sometimes hard to understand what they each do to the human body. For many households, this is not a topic that is openly discussed. However, we at TheRichest don't agree with that.

We believe that in order to understand the damage that drugs can truly do, people must be educated and encouraged to talk openly about them. Most young people think they are invincible, but that is not the case. The world has lost so much of its youth to substance abuse, and part of the reason is because no one talks about the real impacts of drug use, both good and bad.

Parents teach you to stay away from all of these substances, but sometimes kids need to hear more than that. If we want the next generation to stay away from them, the first step is making sure they understand them.

This is why we thought it would be interesting to discover what the ten most popular drugs are and what they do your brain. From mushrooms to marijuana, we have covered it all. Let's get one this clear, we are not promoting the use of these substances, we are just trying to educate our readers on what they really do.

10 Mushrooms

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Psychedelic mushrooms are also known as “shrooms” and have been a part of society for years. Most people don't realize that there are over 180 different species of mushrooms that contain psychedelics psilocin. Throughout history, these mushrooms have been known to be used in Mexico and various tribal societies. This is currently the most popular and available form of natural psychedelics.

So, what do mushrooms do to your brain? Well, simply put, they alter your mind! While this can be an eye-opening and enjoyable experience for some individuals, many have experienced intense “bad trips” that can include bouts of extreme paranoia. There have been studies that show that getting high on these little guys can create neurological damage and alter personalities permanently. The Netherlands has actually made possession of these shrooms completely illegal, which is surprising, seeing how so much is legal over there!

9 Lysergic Acid Diethylamide

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Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, also known as LSD, is probably the most powerful of all hallucinogenic drugs. Some pretty iconic people have been known to use it, the most influential and notable were probably the members of The Beatles. An hour of two after ingesting the substance, everything becomes enhanced. This includes visual awareness, sound and both physical and emotional sensations. LSD, like many other similar substances, has the ability to cause serious permanent damage to the brain. It is almost impossible to know how one will react to the drug because each individual case has been different. However, we do know it is one of the most damaging out there, so tread lightly.

8 Phencyclidine

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Phencyclidine, better known as PCP, is one of the strangest drugs out there. The effects of the drug can either be extreme excitement, or extreme aggression. So as you can imagine, a lot of people are scared to use it due to its unpredictability. The effects of phencyclidine include intoxication and anesthesia, but it also has a high potential to cause psychotic breaks similar to schizophrenia. That probably helps explain the unexpected moments of violence! The street names for this drug include black dust, Peter Pan and happy sticks. It may not be the most popular of recreational drugs, but it is one of the most addictive, which is why it is well deserving of its spot on this list.

7 Crystal Meth

Crystal Meth is one of those drugs that even hearing about it makes some people nervous. Methamphetamine has an incredibly powerful effect that is known as being highly addictive. Research has shown that chronic meth users may experience a decline of a specific protein which helps the brain's nerve cells. Meth is not only damaging to your brain, but it is damaging to your entire body in general. People who have used it chronically have not only altered their brain activity but they have also altered the way they look. It does not take users long to realize that this is an extremely powerful substance, but that doesn't exactly mean it's easy to stop.

6 Xanax

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Xanax is a prescription drug that has become incredibly popular recreationally over the past decade. Xanax is part of the “benzos” family which are known to slow the brain down. The drug has this impact on the brain because it activates the GABA, which produces a feeling of relaxation, happiness, and calmness. Although Xanax is prescribed to many people who actually need it, most people use the drug recreationally and do not realize the harm it can cause. If someone who takes Xanax regularly stops abruptly, the withdrawals can send you into a convulsion. In extreme cases, your mental state can quickly deteriorate and you may need to seek medical help.

5 Adderall

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Adderall is best known as being medication for those who suffer from ADHD. It is a mix of amphetamines and it promotes dopamine release and activity in your brain cells, which leads to better focus and prolonged attention to whatever you are doing. A lot of students have used the drug to help them perform better academically, and as a result, many have experienced the dangers of abusing it. If taken in high doses, it can cause euphoria as well as increasing amounts of energy. But those who use it recreationally usually become addicted to it. Users' tolerance levels quickly increase, which is why they continue to take larger and larger doses. Many people don't realize it, but Adderall is a fairly new drug, only having been around since 1998. Despite not being a "party drug," it may very well be the most popular among college students.

4 Heroin

Heroin is one of those drugs that most people fear, and with good reason. It is an opioid drug which is made from morphine. The morphine is extracted from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant, which they then use to create heroin. The most common ways of using this particular drug are snorting, smoking and of course injecting or “shooting up” as they say on the street. So what does this drug do exactly? Well, short term is that it gives you a sense of warm euphoria. However, the long-term effects seem far more intense. It not only collapses your veins (if injected) but it is most likely what will be the cause of death for any user. Heroin is said to be the hardest drug to quit with apparently the most incredible high. Though in our opinion, no “high” is worth dying over.

3 Ecstasy

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Ecstasy is a good name for this drug because it is a very happy drug. It gives a great feeling of pleasure and joy. This drug is incredibly popular in nightclubs and during music festivals because it is said to make parties and music more enjoyable. It acts on all different brain chemicals to create the feeling of love. Ecstacy makes you feel comforted and trusting, as well as appreciative of everyone around you. Though those who take it should know that is has the potential to cause dehydration and can be linked to intense brain damage. Fun fact about this drug, it has been used in couples therapy to get couples to connect to one another on a deeper level.

2 Cocaine

Cocaine is one of the most popular and most addictive of all of the drugs. It is extremely popular on the party circuit and is known as a drug for the rich and famous because it is quite expensive. Both cocaine and its “knock off version” crack have both ruined the lives of many prominent celebrities. Cocaine helps release more dopamine, producing a feeling of euphoria and excitement. Though be careful because some of the side effects include paranoia and delusions and that's the last thing you want after you've ingested illegal drugs.

Cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs and one of the hardest to quit. Cocaine can sometimes be used as a painkiller, but that may just make the user even more prone to addiction. Fun fact about cocaine? It used to be in Coca Cola!

1 Marijuana

Weed has seemingly been around forever and out of all the drugs we have covered today, it is probably the least harming. Weed is a relaxing and happy drug that can be used medically as well as recreationally. Many who suffer from cancer use the drug to increase appetite, as well as a painkiller. People who smoke weed become very relaxed and mellow and the effects have been proven less harming than alcohol. With the recent legalization or marijuana in numerous states, many people are starting to see the positive behind the herb. However, like everything, there are its downsides. Too much of the greenery can decrease motivation also have an impact on memory formation. Some heavy users also have reported feeling chronically “stoned”. Not to mention we can only imagine their snack budget must be pretty significant!

Sources: iflscience.commedicaldaily.comdrugabuse.govpromises.comcnn.com and healthlifeandstuff.com

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