The Dangers of Synthetic Cathinones
Bath salts are a newly developed category of designer drug. The name is derived from instances where the therapeutic drugs were mislabeled as bath salts. Dead sea salt is a popular ingredient for bath salt products. The crystals, white powder, or powders often resemble Epsom salt but are different chemically.
The bath salts sold on the internet and in health stores are primarily cathinone and methylphenidate, two commonly used synthetic chemicals that are commonly referred to as speed. These bath salts can be ingested to experience the calming and “high” feelings associated with cocaine, ecstasy, or methamphetamine. In the United States, the trade of bath salts continues to be overseen by the Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA. However, the sale and distribution of these substances are illegal throughout most of the world, including the European Union. Some countries have made illegal bath salt production and sales, but those nations have not yet implemented regulation. To avoid prosecution, the law does not require manufacturers or sellers to list the ingredients of bath salt products.
Some common ingredients found in bath salts include cathinone, synthetic cathinone, ephedrine, ephedrine, and methamphetamine. Not everyone agrees with the idea that bath salts can have negative side effects on people’s health. For example, a number of medical journals have reported that bath salt use does not cause harm to health. Additionally, many people use bath salts to help them get “high” without being aware of the adverse mental health consequences.
One of the most common negative side effects of bath salt use is depression. Many users claim that bath salts induce feelings of paranoia, particularly after taking large doses. In fact, users often report feelings of paranoia even when not taking bath salts; for example, they may believe that bombs are waiting to explode in their homes. Others believe that paranoia can be cured by regular exercise. While both of these views may seem to be exaggerated, increased stress or financial problems are other examples of situations that bath salt users worry about.
The other common negative side effect of bath salts is ecstasy or cocaine abuse. When synthetic cathinone is mixed with cocaine it creates a new drug-girlfriend scenario. People become convinced that bath salt can calm them down and provide excitement they would otherwise feel “dizzy, clouded.” Some people also believe bath salts give them a sort of “high.” “High” in this context is defined as feelings of euphoria, which can make the user believe he or she is functioning in a very special way.
Unfortunately, bath salts have also been discovered to be used as an illegal substance, leading to frightening stories from police and media reports about abuse being on the rise. Whether or not the bath salt products contain high concentrations of the synthetic cathinone known as methamphetamines, the abuse can lead to dangerous side effects, such as psychosis and depression. Often times, these symptoms will appear shortly after the person first takes bath salts, indicating that bath salt use is the likely cause of their mental health problems.
Because bath salts contain Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (also known as MDMA), a psychoactive stimulant, users often believe that the product is safe and harmless. Unfortunately, research has shown that bath salts contain much higher levels of the toxic chemical than originally believed, which means that users need to be extremely careful and smart if they wish to avoid serious problems. The problem is that, because MDMA is an illegal drug, most bath salt manufacturers will not produce products containing high enough concentrations of the neurotoxic substance. In fact, some manufacturers may add only a small amount of MDMA, leaving the rest to be manufactured in a highly dangerous production environment.
For users of bath salts, there is no real way to know how much MDMA is in a product or if it’s dangerous. Most ecstasy bath salt manufacturers do not list the amount of MDMA in their products, so it is up to users to look for this information on their own. In order to avoid exposure to bath salt with its potentially harmful synthetic cathinone derivatives, users need to be especially careful when choosing a bath product. Carefully reading labels and weighing ingredients is the best way to stay healthy and alert when taking bath salts. Users should also keep their doctor informed of their use, especially if they plan to take medications frequently or plan to travel.