What are the effects of stimulants?
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In 'bad trips', pseudo-hallucinations can give way to terrifying true hallucinations, sometimes resulting in very erratic behaviour. In some cases, this psychotic state lasts several days or even longer.
Which depressants are abused?
Many regular users experience unpleasant reactions to LSD sooner or later - or this can happen the first time a person takes the drug. These 'bad trips' can occur anytime with any user. They often take the form of very intense feelings of fear, anxiety or depression. Users may feel that they have lost their identity, their place in the world and that there is no reality to hold on to. It is difficult for anyone who has not experienced this to appreciate just how terrifying it can be - when all perceptions are amplified.
* Categories of degree of depression in nontolerant persons:
Although many discos provide 'chill-out' rooms for dancers to cool off in, the availability of such facilities does not make the act of taking ecstasy safe. Some users have died from drinking fluid in excess to combat the overheating caused by ecstasy and made worse by dancing.
2. Sedated, therapeutic range, calm, relaxed, and easily aroused.
Overheating is particularly likely to occur when the drug is taken at a music venue or disco, where the user is dancing. The stimulant effect of ecstasy can enable people to dance vigorously for long periods, leading to exhaustion and heatstroke. When an ecstasy user dances to music with a repetitive rhythm, it seems that the person can 'lock in' to that repetition and simply go though the same movements over and over again for hours. This is a bit like Pavlov's dog - a reflex reaction. It is particularly dangerous as the user may be unaware of impending heatstroke.
Cannabis availability is at an all-time high.
The long-term effects of ecstasy use are not yet known. Ecstasy's chemical cousin, MDA, destroys cells that produce serotonin in the brain. These cells help to regulate aggression, mood, sexual activity, sleep, and sensitivity to pain. Methamphetamine, also similar to Ecstasy, damages brain cells that produce dopamine. It is quite possible that ecstasy can also damage brain cells.