Say NO To Drugs.
Written by Abbie Atkinson-Rudd.
An introduction to drugs:
The use of drugs is a worldwide issue, despite the positives, illegal substances can ruin your life. All drugs are dangerous and can all become addictive before you know it. You can become addicted to drugs in many ways and some people end up becoming reliant on them. You can become addicted to drugs by using them in regular or in heavy doses. Some people forget how to live without them and make it part of their routine. Being addicted to drugs can lead to further issues such as money issues as drugs are not cheap. If you are reading this blog and feel like you could be slipping into the world of drugs, please reach out to someone or call the NHS at: 0300 123 6600 and they will help you through your next steps.
Welcome to my blog about drugs, their effects, pros and cons and what they are. I will be talking about three popular drugs that can endanger you, these three are cannabis, MDMA or ecstasy and alcohol. I will be going into great depth about all three, then towards the end I will be giving my personal experiences on all three and how I do not touch any of them anymore.
I will be starting off with cannabis. This is the most common drug used and probably one of the cheapest. Weed appears as green buds on a stalk that you smoke or put into an edible form. You can become addicted to this in many ways and rely on certain effects to live a normal day. People who smoke weed regularly or people who are heavy users become addicted without even realising. If you feel like you are alone in any of these situations you are not, lots of people have experienced this addiction. Well-known Brad Pitt was once addicted to cannabis in 2012 he stated, “I got really sick of myself at the end of the 1990s: I was hiding out from the celebrity thing; I was smoking way too much dope; I was sitting on the couch and just turning into a doughnut; and I really got irritated with myself.” In the end he realized it was a waste and wanted to sort his ways out and grew emotionally and stopped using the substance in 2007 when he became a father.
There are a lot of different ways that people view cannabis. There are many pros and cons such as weed can help with nausea, sleeping issues, eating issues, muscle pain and so much more whereas the cons can be, you can become addicted to nicotine as well when smoking it, meaning you will have another unhealthy addiction. Another con would be that it is illegal to drive whilst intoxicated on it increasing chances of accidents. 6% of the UK’S population smokes weed which is a very high amount of people. The most weed is smoked in Iceland where 18.6% of people smoke it. Lots of people smoke weed for personal problems as it can help anxiety and when intoxicated can make you relaxed and happy. Some people need weed for certain areas in their life for example eating and sleeping.
The next addictive drug I will be talking about is MDMA. This drug is known as the ‘party drug’. MDMA can be very addictive, and when you start feeling happy on the drug you wouldn’t want it to stop. There are certain substances in MDMA that make it addictive however, they could be mixed with other substances that can kill you. Ecstasy mainly comes in one form which is a pill that can be a range of different designs such as imprinted with a logo. Popular logos include smiley faces, clover leaves, cartoon characters, and symbols associated with commercial brands such as Mitsubishi, Nike, and Mercedes. As it comes in a lot of different designs, it also has a lot of names for it such as ‘molly’, ‘party drug’ and ‘pingers’. This drug is mainly addictive as the high lasts for 4-6 hours and as soon as it starts to go away most people will take another pill to get back to a happy state. Again, you are not alone in this addiction, Megan Fox had an MDMA addiction somewhere from becoming a mother and filming transformers, she became addicted, but has since gone sober. With the right help, you can open yourself up to becoming sober.
Where weed has a lot of positives and not many negatives, MDMA is the complete opposite with not very many positives and a lot of negatives. For example, a positive is that it causes stimulant effects. However, the negatives completely outweigh the number of positives such as causing confusion, depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, craving for the drug, and paranoia. The reason lots of people use it as it gives you a lot of energy which is why it is mainly used at parties and raves. More than 10% of teenagers have taken MDMA. People become reliant on it because it gives you energy so whenever you feel down some people will just take it to wake them up.
Believe it or not, ecstasy was only made illegal in 1985 after being created in the early 20th century. Originally formed in Germany, it was used in pharmacies for the treatment of bleeding and then became widely available on the streets for use. When the tablet is taken it takes about 45 minutes for the effect to start occurring.
Even though it sounds fun, it is extremely dangerous. Drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine reportedly have been added to MDMA tablets in some parts of the United States. These other forms of drugs add to the risk factor, and you have no idea what is entering your body. Scientists have proved that data from both humans and animals suggest that regular MDMA use produces adaptations in the serotonin and dopamine systems that are associated with substance use disorder and related behaviours, such as increased impulsivity.
Even though alcohol is legal, and you are allowed to drink it, it is still dangerous and there are a lot of downsides to it. Alcohol is addictive, which is why it is classed as a drug. Drinking a lot of alcohol or drinking in heavy amounts is how you become addicted to it. Alcohol only comes in one form which is a drink. Lots of people abuse alcohol and drink it daily to help them sleep. Drinking is the most common drug and a lot of people have become addicted to it. For example, Jane Lynch is a recovered alcoholic and has been sober for nearly 20 years after gaining fame from TV program ‘Glee.’
There are a lot of pros and cons about alcohol there are more cons. Some examples of pros would be that if you drink moderately, it can give you a few health benefits such as lower risk of diabetes, less chance of a stroke and lower your chance of developing and dying of a heart disease. Then here are some examples of some cons these are that it can cause aggressiveness, liver damage, some types of cancers and brain damage. Alcohol can become addictive very easily and people can drink it during their normal day to day routine. Heavy or high-risk drinking is defined as more than three drinks on any day or more than seven drinks a week for women and for men older than age 65, and more than four drinks on any day or more than 14 drinks a week for men aged 65 and younger.
If you drink in moderation, you have nothing to worry about and you can continue maintaining your health. The amount you’re supposed to drink a week is to keep health risks from alcohol to a low level if you drink most weeks: men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis. spread your drinking over 3 or more days if you regularly drink as much as 14 units a week. Drinking too much alcohol can lead you to developing diseases and illnesses that can be fatal. Drinking also impairs your driving, meaning if you are under the influence of alcohol, you are putting yourself and other citizens at risk.
There are many different types of alcohol such as wine, spirits and beer and they are all different strengths, and affect you differently. The strongest alcohol you can get is ‘Spirytus’ Vodka which is 96%. If you drink whilst you’re pregnant, it can give the unborn child brain damage. If you continue drinking for a long period of time, you can get alcohol withdrawal syndrome which is if you’re a heavy drinker, your body may rebel at first if you cut off all alcohol. You could break out in cold sweats or have a racing pulse, nausea, vomiting, shaky hands, and intense anxiety. Some people even have seizures or see things that aren’t there.
My Personal Experiences.
In these next few paragraphs, I will be explaining my personal experiences with each of these drugs and why I did not continue doing them.
Firstly, I will be talking about my experiences with weed, and how as I am on medication, it messes with me a lot more. When I first tried cannabis, I tried it mainly due to my friends doing it and that it looked like fun. As I grew up, I started smoking a lot more and buying it for my personal use, eventually my mental health went downhill, and I had to go onto medication to help me and then I continued smoking it and it made me feel like I had no control of myself and what I was doing. I had a long talk about it with my mum and dad and how I was worried about myself, and I stopped smoking it which is one of the best decisions I have ever made.
My second experience would be MDMA. This drug is so dangerous, and I did absolutely no research on it before consuming it into my system. I don’t really remember the summer I started taking it as MDMA can make you lose memory. When I first tried this drug, I loved the feeling of it and how happy it made you feel. I felt as if I could do anything I was also so energetic. I stopped taking it for my own health as I realised, I could seriously get ill and damage my whole body. If you are taking this drug, please talk to someone and stop as soon as you can.
My final experience I will be talking about is alcohol. I used to have the casual drink every now and again as it wouldn’t affect me much. One day I went to a party with all my college friends on an empty stomach and drank far too much then I completely blacked out and do not remember the rest of the night. I woke up the next morning with no memory of the night I still now only know what my friends told me the next day. After this experience I had five days of alcohol poisoning, which was single-handedly the worst experience I had ever been through, as I was so sick and had no energy.
Overall, this whole blog was to educate you in what a few drugs can do and even though it seems fun, and that you should try it, I wouldn’t start this addictive habit as it is not worth it. Again, if you are experiencing an addiction, don’t wait. Get help and call the NHS at 0300 123 6600 and get the support immediately.
-Marijuana – Yash Lucid on Pexels.
-Cannabis Plant – Michael Fischer on Pexels.
-Pills – Anna Shvets on Pexels. (Also Lead Photo)
-Alcohol – Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.