How Does Drugs Affect Consciousness

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Drugs are substances that trigger temporary changes in the body which may result in such a pleasurable and relaxing effect. Some of the types can slow down the nervous system’s action, while other types can have the exact opposite effect; spurring the nervous system into rapid action. Drugs are connected to cravings or addiction since a person’s body starts yearning for drugs after he or she has taken it for a while. Drugs affect consciousness significantly! They may cause people to hear or see things that aren’t real (hallucinations), experiencing mood swings, or may even distort people’s perceptions. Such drugs that affect consciousness are: depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogens. In this essay, all three drugs will be discussed.
Depressants
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It’s a greenish-grey mix of dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the cannabis sativa plant. The plant contains a chemical called THC that can affect the mind. Marijuana is the most used drug in America and is known to have an impact on many teens. It is a highly addictive drug and no medications are available to treat people addicted to using it.There are many different ways people use this drug – either by smoking, drinking, eating, or inhaling it. Too much of this drug can cause (THC damaging brain cell receptors): change in senses, changes in mood, uneven body movement, problems with thinking and solving problems, and damaged memory. It also has many health effects which include: paranoia and hallucinations, breathing problems, and fetus’s brain might get damaged while in their mother’s womb. The depressant Cannabis intoxicates the person in specific ways. Its intoxication causes a person to relax but sometimes could have serious side effects. Smoking pot has faster signs and symptoms than eating it. Some of its side effects include- short-term memory, red eyes, dry mouth, damaged perception, anxiety, social withdrawal, and coughing. Serious side effects include: panic, paranoia, or psychosis. Degree of these effects varies based on the person and the amount consumed. Marijuana intoxication produces effects including:…show more content…
Nicotine causes a person’s heart rate to increase since adrenaline is released. Also, it makes people stay alert, attentive, and reduces appetite. The reason why people may not want to quit smoking is because they might gain weight since the absence of nicotine will cause a decrease in the rate at which their body changes food to energy. Addiction will surely occur through the regular use of nicotine; nicotine can be just as addictive as heroin. People who stop smoking will feel nervous, drowsy, lack of energy, headaches, lightheadedness, insomnia, cramps, tremors, heart palpitations, sweating, and dizziness. The amount of nicotine are present in levels and the amount of nicotine you get from smoking varies based on the brand of the cigarettes and based on how you smoke nicotine; it also varies from person to

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