Although there are some people who believe that bath salts do not have anything to do with the face-eating incidents in Miami and various other places, health experts are still looking into these bizarre events.
Bath salts have become popular in certain parts of the Maritimes. It gained a lot of exposure when a man was caught on tape tearing his victim’s face apart using only his teeth. This crime shocked the whole world and has helped bring attention to problems caused by these new designer drugs.
What Are Bath Salts?
Bath salts are relatively new designer drugs that are being sold in the market. They are known as stimulants which mimic cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine, and ecstasy. MDPV, mephedrone, and methylone are the most common bath salts available today. They can cause intense stimulation, elevated mood, euphoria, and a pleasurable rush. The user of this drug also experiences increased heart rate and blood pressure, hallucinations, chest pains, inattention, lack of memory of substance use, erratic behavior, and psychosis.
Bath salts are labeled as “plant food” and are not for human consumption. Most product labels for bath salts do not contain the ingredients of the substance. Some of bath salt’s common names are Vanilla Sky, plant fertilizer, Cloud 9, Ivory Wave, M1 and Mad Cow. On the internet, you can find people who have used and experimented with this kind of drug. There have been reports of users experiencing out-of-control violence, cannibalism and murder, hallucinations, and even suicide. Treatment for this would usually start with the use of Ativan and will then be followed by the use of antipsychotics like Haldol or Risperdal.
Effects of Bath Salts
Bath salts are dangerous because of two reasons: dosage and sleep deprivation. Bath salts do not have any recommended dosage. The buyer just pays around $50 for them.Some people use it to get a bit of a boost. They would then start using a little bit more to keep this boost going until they consume the entire pack. Horrible effects are being described by people who have used this substance.
As soon as the effects hit your brain, the nervous system overloads. There will be predictable panic attacks, reckless behavior and paranoia. Hyperthermia will occur later on which will cause the body to overheat because it cannot dissipate heat quickly enough to keep it cool. This will then cause the second effect which is sleep deprivation. People who are using bath salts have reported experiencing difficulty sleeping. When your brainis full of energy, you will experience a wide variety of effects from depression to psychosis.
The name “bath salts” or “plant food” does not refer to any kind of single drug, but rather a group of substances having similar chemical properties. These drugs are closely related to khat, known as an organic stimulant which can be found in East African and Middle East countries. This is illegal in the US because it contains cathione—a Schedule 1 controlled substance.
MDPV is a stimulant and is psychoactive. When we say psychoactive, it means that the drug crosses the barrier between the blood and the brain causing changes in its neurochemical function and resulting in an amplified effect on one’s mood, behavior, perception, and thought.
Bath salts are also known to increase the body’s blood pressure. The drug, along with using hallucinogens, can result in extremely aggressive behavior. This is why the shocking behavior of Miami’s cannibal man was related to his use of bath salts.
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