In our present culture, with the rush and fast-pace lifestyle we’re forced to lead, it seems that we are constantly looking for one thing: something to keep us awake. From the high powered stimulants such as cocaine to popular soft drinks and coffee, the need for legal highs drugs is in demand.
Although most people don’t realise it, the majority of all people take stimulants. These may come in the form of a morning cup of coffee or tea, or a mid-afternoon stop at the soda fountain to help keep us going.
Caffeine, which is found in most soft drinks, coffee, tea, and some foods, is an extremely popular stimulant. Since caffeine can be purchased by anyone of any age by tossing a few quarters into a machine, few realize that it is actually a drug. Caffeine can cause problems such as headaches and, when one attempts to quite drinking it, can cause withdrawal symptoms.
The name stimulant is given to a handful of drug groups which increase the users’ alertness and activity levels. These groups of stimulants include pharmaceuticals like amphetamines, “upper” or “speed” drugs sold on the street, and cocaine.
Stimulants work by speeding the users’ brain while acting on the central nervous system. This increases the neutral activity in the brain and causes those using the stimulant to have a sense of increased alertness and gives us more energy.
The majority of stimulants are controlled by the law and are often illegal to both buy or possess. But as mentioned earlier, there are also legal stimulants such as caffeine, and recently, more powerful ones such as the synthetic mepherdone (now illegal in most parts of the world) which mimics amphetamines . Another legal stimulant, Ivory Wave, is becoming popular in the UK.