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soft drug

n.
A drug that is believed to be nonaddictive and less damaging to the health than a hard drug.

soft drug

Substance abuse Any illicit drug popularly perceived to have a relatively low abuse potential; for some, marijuana is viewed as an SD, heroin a a hard drug, and cocaine in the middle. Cf Hard drug.

soft drug

1. A drug that is easily metabolized by the body to inactive, nontoxic metabolites.
2. An illicit drug that has fewer psychoactive, addictive, or other adverse effects than a street drug orhard drug.
3. A drug that dissolves in the mouth and is quickly absorbed.
See also: drug
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Our youth are enjoying and using hard and soft drugs in Sheesha Cafes.
According to the most recent data (2009), despite a reputation for tolerance of soft drugs, the share of the population abusing drugs was on par with the rest of Europe.
In addition to the compelling efficacy, ARI-2243 is functionally selective through a smart, soft drug inactivation process.
The so-called soft drug is, we are told, being downgraded, while possession will no longer be an arrestable offence.
Home Secretary David Blunkett will also be summoned before a public hearing in the Commons to justify the current ban on the use of the so-called soft drug.
An early day motion signed by 34 MPs "deplored" the continuing criminalisation of the soft drug.
The survey showed, not surprisingly, that the highest percentage of soft drug drivers, 31 per cent, came from the youngest age groups (18- 25).
Indeed, there was a study by the University of Amsterdam following the relaxing of the drug laws there, which actually showed that as soft drug use went up so did hard drug use.
When we were younger it used to be a quick drag on a cigarette behind the bike shed, but now this habit has been changed to a more lethal daily dose, which even although it's classed as a soft drug, is no soft option and will lead many youngsters on to a harder one.
The only other crime where this might happen is, I suppose, soft drug use, but cannabis use among non-drivers does not injure anyone else.
He rounded on those who said nothing could be done to stop hard or soft drug abuse.