neurobiology

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.

Under the Radar: Socially Acceptable Drugs (Part 3) - Alcohol



Alcohol is one of the most popular socially acceptable drugs. It’s another one of those drugs which have managed to fly in under society’s moral radar. Despite the incredible annual death rate directly and indirectly attributable to alcohol consumption, there are still many who believe that the key to winning the battle against the ravages of alcohol consumption is not total abstinence but moderate drinking. As someone once said, “moderate drinking is the school in which the drunkard is prepared for his career.”

Under the Radar: Socially Acceptable Drugs (Part 2) - Tobacco



The second socially acceptable drug that has managed to fly under the radar is tobacco - more specifically nicotine. Millions of people die each year around the world as a direct result of either active or passive smoking. Fortunately, governments around the world are starting to tighten up on legislation relating to advertising and sale of tobacco products. Despite the fact that it is socially acceptable and legal, tobacco is one of the most challenging substances to break free of. Nevertheless, there is hope. More and more people around the world are breaking free from the use of this poisonous weed. Why not join the intelligent crowd!

Under the Radar: Socially Acceptable Drugs (Part 1) - Caffeine



Very few people think of caffeine as a drug. Despite this fact, caffeine is indeed a drug. It creates a high which is followed by a corresponding low and its use over time is habit forming and detrimental to physical and mental health. Caffeine is indeed a drug which has managed to fly beneath the moral radar of society. It has gained access to a very large variety of foods, drinks and medications. But don’t be deceived by its popularity and general societal acceptance. It would be wise to exclude the use of all caffeine from one’s diet and lifestyle.

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.