Chemical Weapons: Identifying the Enemy (Part 2) - Marijuana, LSD



One of the most popularly abused family of drugs is the hallucinogens. This family includes the psychoactive drugs such as LSD and marijuana. One application for the use of these drugs is for spiritual purposes. While these drugs are difficult to physically overdose on, they do have incredibly dangerous spiritual and psychological risks. They are not to be toyed with lightly!

Chemical Weapons: Identifying the Enemy (Part 1) - Over-the-Counter-Medicines, Cocaine, Ecstasy



Perhaps if society were to use the same language employed by governments to describe the war on terror, there would be a greater societal motivation to fight the substance abuse problem. Recreationally abused drugs are chemical weapons that are destroying the minds, the lives, and the families of those who toy with them. It does not matter whether it is over-the-counter medications or the hardcore illegal drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy. They all have potential to addict and kill the abuser.

Chain Reaction: Understanding Addiction (Part 2) - The Addicted Brain



Once one has an understanding of how the brain operates under normal healthy conditions, it is much easier to understand how the brain’s function is altered by the ingestion of various substances. The change in neurotransmitter balance between the drug induced highs and lows is what leads to damage of the neuronal system and creates the neurobiological situation experienced as addiction.

Chain Reaction: Understanding Addiction (Part 1) - The Healthy Brain



Have you ever wondered what happens inside the brain to provide the experience consciousness, thought, feeling and pleasure? The brain is an intricate and delicate network of nerves (neurons) which carry electrical signals and release chemical communicators known as neurotransmitters. The healthy brain depends on the various neurotransmitters maintaining a fine balance. By taking certain drugs this balance is upset, which accounts for the altered brain function and change in thought patterns so often associated with drug abuse.