If you believe psychedelic drugs can’t be dangerous or aren’t addictive, then it’s time to learn about 2ci. Also known as “smiles,” this hallucinogenic drug, about which little is known, has caused at least two deaths.
2ci is part of the 2c family of drugs, first discovered by counterculture chemist Alexander Shulgin. Classified as a Schedule I controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration, buying, selling and possessing 2ci is illegal.
The 2ci Experience
2ci comes in powder form, and you ingest the substance after mixing it with a food, such as chocolate or candy. Users hope the 2ci experience will result in powerful auditory and visual hallucinations, and giddy or relaxed feelings. It also sometimes creates empathetic feelings and an environment that favors clear and honest communication.
These effects sound enjoyable, but they mask the dark side of 2ci. The drug can cause terrifying “trips” that last for hours.
Everyone knows the benefits of exercise: improved cardiovascular health, improved mood, weight loss, strong bones and muscles, reduced risk of diseases. For some people, exercise goes beyond the recommended 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week, and a 30-minute workout becomes a 2-hour workout. The intensity increases well beyond the norm.
But is that a bad thing? Can you become addicted to exercise?
In a country where 34.9 percent of adults are considered obese, it seems like more exercise is better. But it is possible to become so obsessed with exercise it becomes an addiction that could be harmful mentally, physically and socially. Understanding the difference between being committed to an exercise routine and entering into addiction can help you determine if your gym routine is healthy or harmful.
Addiction to Exercise Defined
What is addiction to exercise?
While drug abuse can ravage an individual, it can also have unforeseen effects on all members of a family unit. Even though many people struggling with addiction try to hide it, substance abuse just isn’t something that can be swept under the rug. No parent is perfect, but kids who grow up with one or both parents abusing drugs or alcohol are at serious risk of long-term developmental issues and even trauma. Even if the person addicted to drugs or alcohol is a sibling, the effects can be devastating.
Although very few people are willing to talk about substance abuse and its effects on children, it’s a very real issue — and a widespread one: More than 8.3 million American kids under the age of 18 live with a parent who has struggled with drug or alcohol abuse or dependency in the last year.
GHB, also known as liquid ecstasy, grievous bodily harm or fantasy, is an odorless and colorless drug that users frequently combine with alcohol. It is a central nervous system depressant, and it produces similar effects on the neurotransmitter GABA.
Although GHB is available in prescription drug form as a drug called Xyrem — used to treat narcolepsy, a sleep disorder — it is a highly-regulated, controlled substance. On the streets, GHB is highly addictive and extremely dangerous.
The Effects of Liquid Ecstasy
Liquid ecstasy is known as a dance club or rave drug, and it’s also known as a date rape drug. Ravers add the drug to alcohol to feel its euphoric effects. It’s also known to cause visual and auditory hallucinations, increase sex drive and produce a sense of tranquility. The dark side of GHB includes loss of consciousness — reported in most who abuse it — as well as headache, amnesia, confusion, exhaustion, vomiting and clumsiness.