Bath salts or synthetic cathinones are man-made stimulant type drugs. The drugs are derived from naturally occurring cathinones, and the lab-made version is much more potent. The name bath-salts was gotten because the drug was disguised and sold as bath-salts, such as Epsom salts. The drug looks like a white or brown crystal-like powder. The drugs can be swallowed, snorted, smoked, or inhaled, and create dangerous effects. Synthetic cathinones are part of the new psychoactive drugs that have popped up throughout the United States. These drugs have no legitimate medical use and are made to copy the effects of controlled substances.
Bath salts or synthetic cathinones are a cheap substitute for other stimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine. There is much that is still unknown about how these drugs affect the human brain. However, the effects are similar to what amphetamines or cocaine would create for the user. Moreover, the drugs affect the brain in a much more powerful way than amphetamine and cocaine. For example, the effects create paranoia and irrational distrust of others. The user will experience hallucinations, which look and feel real but are not. Panic attacks are also common along with feeling excited delirium, agitation, and violent behavior.
When you take synthetic cathinones, your heart rate will raise, along with your blood pressure. Some users experience chest pain, and it will cause dehydration and kidney failure. When the drugs are snorted, or injected, this is where the worse outcomes will occur. Injecting the drug does have the potential to cause death. Bath salts do become addictive, because of the strong uncontrollable urge to use the drug again. The withdrawal symptoms off these drugs are also dangerous and include depression, anxiety, and tremors. Users going through withdrawal will also have trouble sleeping, experience paranoia and disorientation. Synthetic cathinones are typically known as bath salts and are sold as a cheap alternative to cocaine and methamphetamine.
Severe intoxication caused by bath salts will result in death. When seeking out treatment for a bath salt addiction, you should start with detox. It is important to not attempt to detox on your own and receive help from qualified professionals. The inpatient and outpatient drug rehab centers in the United States can help treat an addiction to bath salts. The Drug Enforcement Agency lists bath salts as a Schedule I controlled substance. These types of drugs cannot be sold under any circumstances, and cannot be prescribed for medical reasons. However, this does not stop the illegal sale and purchase of these drugs. People who abuse these drugs are often also using other types of stimulants, such as cocaine or amphetamines. Synthetic cathinones cause dangerous side effects, and it is impossible to know how a psychoactive stimulant will affect the brain.