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Questions tagged [drugs]

For questions that deal with substances injected or ingested into the body for various physiological or psychological effects.

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Are neural adaptation and drug tolerance to psychoactive drugs related?

Neural adaptation is "...a change over time in the responsiveness of the sensory system to a constant stimulus". The example given is placing your hand on the surface of a table. Eventually, you no ...
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Popular science books introducing therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs

I'm not a psychologist nor a psychiatrist, but I have the impression that research of therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs (MDMA, LSD, DMT, etc) is undergoing a revival and is very slowly being ...
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How addictive is Heroine?

I keep hearing that "*Heroine is so addictive the very first dose is enough to get you hooked on it*". Personally, I have a hard time believing any substance could do that to you. But I could believe ...
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Why aren't any advancements being made in physically diagnosing Bipolar and other psychiatric disorders?

I was involved in a discussion where somebody had asked if others had thoughts of doing risky things during their manic episodes. Two people commented, including myself. I worried that only relying on ...
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What determines inebriated personality?

I've studied that alcohol impairs the functioning of the limbic system, slows functioning of the prefrontal cortex, which alters judgement and reason, and damages neurons leading to memory failure, ...
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Does a general impairment test exist, that specifically would be useful for the context of driving?

We know that alcohol negatively influences a driver's ability to drive. Governments typically combat this by making drunk driving illegal, and use the concentration of alcohol in breath or blood as ...
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What exactly does paranoid mean in terms of psychoactive drugs?

When I went to my local marijuana dispensory, since recreational use of it is legal, they told me that when I first use it, I might get paranoid. When I read this word in context, I imagined somebody ...
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Are many anticonvulsants just coincidentally also psychoactive?

Many of the antiseizure I'm aware of are described as having the potential for behavior altering side-effects. I am curious about this. Is there something about the chemistry of the brain that ...
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Childhood IQ and pattern of drug use in adulthood

A study by White et al. (2012) using a large UK sample concludes that In this cohort, high childhood IQ was related to illegal drug use in adulthood. Note that this does not refer to habitual ...
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Is it dangerous to take an antipsychotic drug irregularly?

I've read the case of Witty Ticcy Ray: a 24 years old man with disabling Tourette’s syndrome. The first Dr. Sacks's treatment, with Haldol, provokes a strong change in Ray's behavior: from tics and ...
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Does consumption of amino acid supplements improve human executive function and self-regulation in ADHD cases?

Based on my understanding, executive function primarily takes place in the frontal lobes. Inzlicht and Gutsell found that exhaustion in mental tasks shows itself in decreased activity in the anterior ...
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Yerkes-Dodson Law and Drugs

According to the Yerkes-Dodson Law, there is optimal point of arousal and performance. Suppose a person takes a stimulant such as Adderall. This would increase his arousal. However, it may increase ...
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Why does an addict always remain one? [closed]

I'm asking this from a purely psychological and biological viewpoint, mainly why a drug addict is said to always remain one, even after sobering up.
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Does the use of cannabis affect the ability to recall dreams?

Will cannabis be a negative factor in the ability to recall dreams from waking up. How do the cannabinoids affect you when in a dreaming state?
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Effects of caffeine on fatigue [closed]

Obviously caffeine is a stimulant, and wakes us up. Is there any research into how it affects fatigue: e.g. how different it is to rest (i.e. I'm not asking about the pathways by which caffeine ...