What Research Chemicals Can Do to Your Body
Sites that sell drugs known as “research chemicals” may expend a significant amount of energy explaining the positive changes the drugs can bring about. The sites may claim that the drugs can bring about vivid hallucinations, feelings of euphoria or altered states of consciousness, for example, and the manufacturers may promise users that they’ll ship the drugs in discreet boxes that won’t arouse suspicion from the authorities. Nowhere may the sites discuss the dangerous health effects these drugs can bring about, but that doesn’t mean the drugs are safe. In fact, research chemicals can cause a variety of health problems the manufacturers likely don’t want users to know anything about.
Turning up the Heat
Research chemicals often contain ingredients that are similar to amphetamine. These substances tweak chemical levels inside the brain, throwing off the natural processes that regulate body temperature and heart rate. As a result, people who take drugs like this can develop a speeding heart, thundering at an incredibly fast pace, and the heart might give out when it’s asked to endure this kind of pressure. According to a study in the journal BMJ, one in four heart attacks in people ages 18 to 45 can be linked to cocaine use, and many more can be linked to illicit drugs that are similar to amphetamine. It’s a serious risk in people who abuse research chemicals.
Some of the ingredients in research chemicals have been linked with what researchers in the journal Toxicology Lettersaptly call a “strong desire to re-dose.” In essence, the drug causes chemical changes inside the cells of the brain that persist, even when the person feels sober once more. When those changes are in place, people might feel the need to use drugs on a chemical level, even if they don’t want to take the drug on an intellectual level. The drugs call out for use, and the signals can be hard for people to ignore. The craving to use could rise when people:
- See friends who also take drugs
- Walk by computers they used to order drugs
- Enter rooms in which they used drugs
- Experience a strong emotion, like anger or fear
It can be hard to overcome these feelings alone, as they can be persistent and tremendously strong. Only by taking the drugs again can the person bring about a temporary relief, and that might be a bittersweet victory, as the person may not really want to take drugs at all.
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Manufacturers of research chemicals aren’t regulated by any kind of governmental agency, and as a result, they could put almost anything into their drugs and face no retaliation at all. They might not even feel compelled to tell their users when they change up their ingredient lists and add in new chemicals. As a result, people who take these drugs may be taking incredible risks with their health on a daily basis, as they may have no real idea about what’s in their drugs and what those ingredients can do. One dose might be just mildly harmful, while another could prove fatal. It’s almost impossible to tell the difference between these two doses in advance.
If you’re taking research chemicals and you’d like to stop, please call us. Our programs can help you to gain control and move forward with your life.