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How Can I Tell What Drug Someone Is On? Things to Look out For

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I've experimented, used and abused many drugs and worked and lived alongside many drug addicts and attended over 400 NA meetings.

Discover how people get high on a drug? Plus, drug slang and street names.+ Paraphernalia / Items to look out for + The effects and highs of a drug/behaviour to observe. + The comedown and withdrawal symptoms. + How dangerous a drug is.+ Clues to find out if someone you know is taking a drug, plus interesting drug facts

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All drugs will affect addicts and recreational users differently, depending on the person, the drug, and their strengths. That can include sudden changes in their behaviour and appetite. Lack of interest in socialising. Involvement in criminality to support their habit.

They will often hang around with dodgy-looking people. Neglecting their appearance. Staying up all night and always sleeping in.

And sudden or slow changes in their personality. However, some regular users can lead a healthy life while on their drug/drugs of choice.

Table Of Contents (in no particular order)

  • Cannabis - Marijuana
  • Spice: Synthetic Cannabinoids
  • Amphetamines/Speed
  • LSD - Acid - Magic Mushrooms
  • Ecstasy
  • Cocaine
  • Crack cocaine
  • Solvents
  • Heroin
  • Resources; a 100% way to identify any drug or drug user

How to Tell if Someone Is on Cannabis - Marijuana - Weed

Introduction: The primary active ingredient of cannabis is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol ) which makes users get high. Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae. The darker brown and black variety looks like chocolate and comes in various shades of colours. It can be light brown to dark black and be very soft to very hard in consistency.

How do you get high on cannabis? It can be smoked in rolling papers with or without tobacco (unless it's hashish). * Smoked in a bong and a dry herb vaporiser. * Cannabis and hashish are also used to make cannabis edibles and drinks.

Cannabis slang/street names: "Green herbal cannabis names include; Marijuana. Wacky-backy. Herbs. Weed. Bush. Pot. Dope. Greens. Skunk. Jazz (jazz-funk/skunk) Bob (Bob Hope/Dope). "Hashish cannabis names include; Dope. Solids. Rocky. Soap bar (because it is made and is shipped/trafficked in a soap bar shape before being cut into smaller pieces for distribution/dealing). There are many types of hashish from many countries — typically Morocco (Moroccan hash), Pakistan (Pakistani black), Jamaica (sensimilla), Thailand (Thai weed), and Skunk, originally from Amsterdam.

Cannabis paraphernalia - Items to look out for: Rolling papers. Vaporiser. Lighter. Grinder (to turn buds into loose weed for easy rolling). Bongs. Pipes, which could be a crack pipe. Bucket (for bucket bongs).

The effects and highs of cannabis. Behaviour to observe: Stoned and happy feeling. * Chilled, relaxed and carefree. * Forgetfulness. * The whites of the eyes turn red (not all users). * Slurred speech (when very stoned). * Lethargic. * Sleeping-in. * For newer users, laughing uncontrollably at anything. * Having the 'munchies' (desire to eat). * Dark under eyes.

The comedown of cannabis - withdrawal symptoms: Tiredness. Grumpy. Agitation.

How addictive is cannabis? Cannabis is more of a mental addiction than a physical one. Cannabis can be easy to quit for some users, but very hard for others. Old habits can die hard. However, no one will become physically or mentally unwell if they stop.

How dangerous is cannabis? Cannabis is the least harmful drug. For some users, it can have no effect. Many regular users can function quite normal without affecting their lives in any way. Other users can experience paranoia and psychosis.

Clues to find out if someone you know is taking cannabis: (aside from the above, look for the following). Black burned knives (used to cut hard black hashish). * Under-eye dark circles * Check the contents of discarded roll-ups for small green or light brown to dark black small lumps or dust. * The shape of their cannabis joint will be coned-shape and longer than a regular roll-up. When observing people smoking cannabis, they will hold the smoke in for longer when inhaling compared to a regular roll-up or cigarette. * Users will conceal the potent smell on their breath by sucking mints or brushing or eating toothpaste. * Air freshener and incense sticks are often used to disguise the potent smells. Cannabis smokers are likely to wear clothing with the cannabis leaf design. Cannabis smokers are more Ilkley to wear clothing or hats with the cannabis leaf design.

Interesting cannabis facts: In Italy, Rastafarians are legally allowed to possess and smoke cannabis for religious reasons. + It is the most widely used drug.

“Men are always more likely to take and abuse drugs compared to women.”

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How to Tell if Someone Is on Spice - Synthetic Cannabinoids

Introduction: Spice may look like cannabis, but it is a different drug altogether. Spice is a mixture of dried leaves and man made chemicals that try to simulate the effects of cannabis. Spice has become very popular for homeless people and prisoners because it blocks out all the bad things in life. It is easier to access, more potent and cheaper than regular natural cannabis.

How do you get high on spice? You use it like cannabis, smoked in rolling papers with tobacco or smoked pure. * Smoked in a bong, bucket, and a 'dry herb' vaporiser.

Spice slang/street names: Mamba. (Black mamba) Fake weed. K2. K47. Arizona. Bombay Blue. Banana Cream Nuke, Pina Colada White Ice, and many more.

Spice paraphernalia - Items to look out for: Rolling papers. Vaporiser. Grinder to turn buds into loose weed for easy rolling. Bongs. Pipes. Bucket (for bucket bongs).

The effects and highs of spice - behaviour to observe: The effects can be very similar to cannabis. However, some chemical varieties can turn users into zombies. Others experience hallucinations, psychotic episodes, seizures - oblivious to their surroundings. Some users can become aggressive and experience psychotic episodes.

The effects and highs of spice - behaviour to observe:

The comedown and withdrawal symptoms: Include anxiety, sweating, headaches, depression and inability to sleep.

How addictive is spice? It is so addictive that users can feel physically sick, tired and desperate for their next smoke. Many experienced long-term drug users will avoid this drug. That's how bad its reputation is.

How dangerous is spice? Spice is extremely dangerous - death rates are extremely high due to sudden heart attacks, strokes and organ failures. It can also affect the central nervous system. Cause pulmonary problems such as respiratory problems and depression, and cause users to have uncontrollable fits and render them unconscious. Other users will experience involuntary fits and become very aggressive.

Clues to find out if someone you know is taking spice: (aside from above, look for the following), The shape of a spice joint is coned-shape, unlike a regular roll-up. * Check the contents of discarded roll-ups for small green lumps or dust (which can be similar-looking to natural cannabis). * When observing people smoking spice, they will hold the smoke in for longer, compared to smoking just a regular tobacco roll-up or cigarette. * To disguise the powerful smells, air fresheners and the constant use of Joshua sticks are commonly used. * Users will conceal the potent smell on their breath by sucking mints or brushing or eating toothpaste.

Interesting spice facts: When a country makes the chemical compounds of spice illegal, new legal synthetic cannabinoids make it legal again. + Synthetic cannabinoid products are often labelled 'not for human consumption.

“People who inject drugs will have a higher risk of developing and/or contracting blood infections, abscesses, skin inflammation, hepatitis B and C, HIV and AIDS”.

If you find a small amount of powder inside a small envelope or small plastic wrap, it could have once been a pill that was accidentally trodden on or crushed under the wheels if a wheelchair, and the powder and small lumps (pieces) will resemble the exact appearance of cocaine!

How to Tell if Someone Is on Amphetamines - Speed

Introduction: Amphetamine, also called speed, is a stimulant (upper). Its colour can be white to light pink. Amphetamine should not be confused with crystal meth 'methylamphetamine' or methamphetamine.

How do you get high on amphetamine? It can be smoked or snorted. Placed in rolling papers and eaten (known as bombing). Rub on gums. Added to liquids. Drunk and Injected.

Amphetamine street/slang names: Speed. Billy (Billy Whizz) because users do everything quickly.

Amphetamine paraphernalia - Items to look out for: Black underside of spoons. Needles. Rolling papers & tobacco.

The effects and highs of amphetamine - behaviour to observe: Dilated pupils. * Slight euphoric feeling. * Talking and doing things very quickly. * Hard to stay motionless. * No desire and unable to sleep. * Highly active, alert, focused and talkative. * More hyperactive and energetic than usual.

The comedown of amphetamine - withdrawal symptoms: Intense mood swings, depression, agitated. Unable to concentrate. Paranoia. Irritability.

How addictive is amphetamine? The longer the use, the higher the addiction and the psychological and physical craving for more.

Interesting amphetamine facts: It was developed in the 1800s and first used for medical purposes in the 1920s to dilate the bronchial sacs of the lungs and help those with asthma breathe easier. + Some users take it to help them lose weight or be motivated to do something they don't like doing.

Clues to find out if someone you know is taking amphetamines. (aside from the above, look for the following). Needles. * Bags/packets of white power. * Needle marks on arms or legs. * small square pieces of paper (bindle/wraps) * This drug tastes bitter and is gritty in texture compared to cocaine.

Interesting amphetamine facts: It was developed in the 1800s and first used for medical purposes in the 1920s to dilate the bronchial sacs of the lungs and help those with asthma breathe easier. Some users take it solely to help lose weight.

“The differences between a users high and comedown will depend on which drug was taken, how much was taken, and individual sensitivities to drug effects.”

How to Tell if Someone Is on LSD - Acid - Magic Mushrooms

Introduction: LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a hallucinogenic drug and type of mushroom. (A psilocybin mushroom) aka, magic mushrooms. LSD (acid tabs) are tiny square pieces of cardboard laced with acid. LSD is a powerful substance that can lead to some inspirational ideas and experiences, and can be an extremely frightening experience for new users.

How do you get high on LSD? The mushrooms and acid tabs are both taken orally. Acid tabs can be placed under the tongue or swallowed, and the raw mushrooms can be chewed thoroughly and eaten — or drunk by making tea from the dried mushrooms.

LSD's slang/street names: Tabs (acid tabs) Microdots. Shrooms (mushrooms)

LSD's paraphernalia - items to look out for: Acid tabs and magic mushrooms.

The effects and highs of LSD - behaviour to observe: Large (dilated) pupils (when high). * Increased heart rate and blood pressure. * Energetic and excited. * Muscle spasms. * Sweating and loss of appetite.

The comedown of LSD - withdrawal symptoms: Depression, fatigue and feeling low. More psychological than physical.

How addictive is LSD? It is not addictive , but psychological dependencies can still develop.

How dangerous is LSD? LSD is a harmless drug but can be harmful if someone experiences a 'bad trip'. For example, users will become confused and agitated if they think they can see things (hallucinations) that are not there. They might think the walls are closing in on them or monsters are trying to attack them, which cause users to panic and become anxious and frightened.

Clues to find out if someone you know is taking LSD: (aside from above, look for the following). Large pupils. * Acting very strange.

Interesting LSD facts: Apple founder Steve Jobs said, "Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life." + The song 'I am The Walrus', by the Beatles, was inspired by LSD.

“Most drug users are on a combination of drugs, resulting in a different high's, side effects and symptoms.”

How to Tell if Someone Is on Ecstasy

Introduction: Ecstasy - MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) known as ecstasy (the love drug), is a psychoactive drug primarily used by party-goers (ravers). However, you do not have to go raving or to parties to enjoy ecstasy. Many people take this drug because of its euphoric feeling.

How do you get high on ecstasy? You swallow the pill, although I have known some users crush the pill, mix it with water and inject it. Others I have seen crush the pill and snort. Both not recommended.

Ecstasy slang names: E's. Letters. Jack and Jill's (pills) Sweets. Candy. Smarties.

Ecstasy paraphernalia - items to look out for; When under the influence of ecstasy, some users will grind their teeth. So pacifiers (baby dummies) are often used by ravers.

Ecstasy effects/highs - behaviour to observe: Large (dilated) pupils (when high). Happy, smiling, immense euphoric feeling and more confident than usual. * Teeth clenching/grinding. * Sweating. * Wanting to dance at the sound of any music. * Increased heart rate, heavy sweating and an increase in body temperature.

The comedown of ecstasy - withdrawal symptoms: Some users prefer taking cannabis or sleeping pills to help counteract the depressive withdrawal symptoms of Ecstasy.

How addictive is Ecstasy? It gives you the best euphoric feeling anyone can experience from taking a drug (aside from crack). However, it is one of the least addictive drugs.

How dangerous is Ecstasy? It is not harmful, but can kill if the pills have been tarnished or mixed/laced with toxic substances (filler agents) associated with overdoses and death. Or if users have an adverse reaction. MDMA is less likely to kill users, providing they keep hydrated. The only way to know what ingredients are in an ecstasy pill is by buying from a reputable source or having it tested. Injecting this drug (or anything) is dangerous and can cause various medical problems, including abscesses, blood poisoning and death.