Types of Drugs

Understanding Types of Drugs

If you were accused of a crime involving illegal drugs or controlled substances, it is imperative that you have a good understanding of everything involved in your case. From the types of drugs to the charges to the possible penalties you could be facing, who you choose to defend you could make all the difference in the outcome of your case. There are three main categories of drugs into which most substances fall into: hallucinogens, stimulants, and depressants. Hallucinogenic drugs can be derived from plants and mushrooms and are used to cause hallucinations. In the past, these substances were widely used in spiritual rituals. Now, people use drugs like LSD, peyote, psilocybin, and PCP to affect their mood and their perception of reality.

The next category of psychoactive drugs is stimulants. Although they can temporally increase the user's physical and mental abilities, they also have the potential for abuse. Due to the feelings of an elated mood as well as the lack of anxiety, many people use these drugs recreationally. Some of these drugs are not illegal, such as caffeine and nicotine, but others like cocaine and ecstasy are. Cocaine is a powerful drug which stimulates the nervous system for up to 30 minutes. However, it can lead to tremors, convulsions, and increased body temperature as well as cause dependence. Ecstasy or MDMA can also reduce feelings of anxiety while improving the user's mood. It is estimated that up to 25 million people use this drug every year even though it is illegal.

The last main category of drugs is depressants. Also known as downers, these are used to relax the user as well as cause feelings of euphoria. Sometimes these medications are prescribed in order to help an individual deal with anxiety or insomnia, but are more often used recreationally in order to boost the individual's mood or reduce anxiety in certain situations. Cannabis and marijuana are commonly used drugs. Other common drugs include morphine, heroin, and codeine. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana is the most commonly abused illegal drug in the U.S. It can be smoked as a joint or the shredded plant can be placed in a pipe. When used over a long period of time, it can lead to addiction and a difficult withdrawal period.

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