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psychoactive drug

Substance abuse An agent that provides pleasure or ameliorates pain, and may cause physical dependence and tolerance, with a tendency to ↑ dose in order to achieve the same effect; use of non-prescribed psychoactive agents may be 'social' or casual, or evolve into frank addiction; in descending order of addictive potential cocaine/'crack', amphetamines, opiates, nicotine, alcohol, benzodiazepine, barbiturates, cannabis, hallucinogens, caffeine Therapeutics An agent that improves the ability to function appropriately in clinical settings–eg, psych ward, nursing home Types Antidepressants–eg, desipramine, nortryptyline, antipsychotics–eg, haloperidol, thioridazine, benzodiazepines–eg, lorazepam, diazepam, and other hypnotics–eg, diphenhydramine

psy·cho·ac·tive drug

(sīkō-aktiv drŭg)
Pharmacotherapeutic agent that possesses action to alter mood, behavior, cognitive processes, or mental stress.
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The MPs highlighted a survey carried out by the charity Drug-Scope which "found that new psychoactive substances are widely and freely available.
Thus, drugs become associated with fitness advantages, instead of fitness decreases because humans did not evolve in an environment that included frequent exposure to psychoactive substances, and these substances co-opt a natural reward system designed to encourage adaptive behaviors such as eating and engaging in sexual activity.
The correlations with psychoactive substance use largely resulted from social environmental factors in adolescence; genetic factors became more important in early and middle adulthood.
Such policy questions should be addressed while keeping in mind the contingent history of our relationship with psychoactive substances.
Similarly, of the 1,253 men and 2,047 women in the study who had at least one anxiety or depressive disorder, 40% of men and 52% of women used health care only to address their symptoms; 13% of men and 6% of women used health care and psychoactive substances; and 4% of men and 1% of women used only psychoactive substances, according to Dr.
In addition, the State Government will provide education for local retailers and suppliers about the dangers associated with psychoactive substances and the new laws.
She said: "Novel psychoactive substances cause misery, especially to young people who, in large numbers, are encouraged to try them out by the fact that they are not against the law.
University of Minnesota researchers have identified genes producing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive substance in marijuana, which could lead to new and better drugs for pain, nausea and other conditions.
While the Government does not intend to make burning incense an offence, the fear is that it may be included in the legislation inadvertently, partly because it is hard to define exactly what the phrase psychoactive substance refers to.
And 8% of controlled samples contained a non-controlled new psychoactive substance compound.
Rather than law enforcement having to prove that the particular structure of a psychoactive substance is illegal, all psychoactive substances will be prohibited from importation unless the importer can prove they have a legitimate use.
The local marijuana is so high in THC (Tetra Hydro Cannabinol) content, the psychoactive substance, that it is being traded for cocaine and "crystal meth," which bring in societal problems associated with more urban areas.