Written by Dr. Vivekanand, MBBS | 
Medically Reviewed by dr. reeja tharu, M.Phil.,Ph.D on Jul 15, 2019

Psychoactive Substances

Psychoactive drugsaffect the central nervous system and act by altering a person's feelings, thoughts and behavior.

The reasons for the abusive usage of substances may vary from person to person. Some common features of these substances are:

  • All drugs of abuse act by altering feelings, thoughts, and behavior.
  • They act by directly affecting the brain or the central nervous system (CNS).
  • The common substances that tend to be abused are-
    • Alcohol.
    • Psychoactive Substances: Alcohol
    • Cannabinoids (Cannabis, Marihuana).
    • Stimulants (Cocaine, Amphetamine, Caffeine, Nicotine).
    • Psychoactive Substances: Cocaine
    • Depressants / Sedatives/ Hypnotics / Tranquillizers (Barbiturates, Benzodiazepine).
    • Narcotics (Heroin, Opium).
    • Hallucinogens / Acids (LSD, Phencyclidine).
    • Inhalants (Volatile solvents, Dissociative anesthetics).
    • Steroids (Anabolic).
  • Currently there are certain drugs, called Club drugs, that are designed in the labs and sold in the streets, and are the synthetic forms of the existing drugs, often referred to as 'RAVES' by the younger crowds. These include-
    • MDMA/Ecstasy.
    • Marihuana
    • Cocaine
    • PCP


Ayandiran Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The information is good,simple and direct to the points,highly educative.but what are date of publication,especially reference purpose

Ovadje Friday, October 14, 2011

THE EFFECTS ON THE SOCIETY Drugs and alcohol can cause effects on the society like:- illness… As a result of all these abuse of drugs in our planet earth today, there are so many economical problems as it can lead to mental illness like psychoses or neurological illnesses. From Engr. Spark Victory Ovadje 2347060834856

bety5 Monday, November 22, 2010

what about the social causes eg peer pressure

mag823 Sunday, August 9, 2009

my daughter is intreatment as of this letter.she is a drug abuser of all drugs and she told me that she was born with an addicted personality.dont't we all have some kind of addiction be it coffee,video games etc?my probelm understanding this comment from her is that she used the drugs time and again,but had she never did these drugs,she would not have this addiction?

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