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Questions tagged [recreational-drugs]

Use this tag for questions about the use or properties of "recreational" drugs such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine or LSD.

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Does marijuana reduce chronic pain?

The cannabis may help some patients who have limited relief from other remedies, but current cannabis formulations are unlikely to replace existing treatments." https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/...
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Is there a detectable bias in drug-sniffing dogs based on handler belief of presence of drugs?

As discussed in the comments of Does normal paper currency contain enough narcotics residue to attract a drug-sniffing dog?, and further explored in the 2017 NPR article, "Eliminating Police Bias When ...
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Does normal paper currency contain enough narcotics residue to attract a drug-sniffing dog?

It seems pretty well established that paper currency (e.g. in the US) is commonly contaminated with trace amounts of cocaine or other illegal narcotics. (See Snopes for instance, though I'm happy to ...
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Do lobsters get stoned with marijuana?

It's all over the news. A restaurateur from Maine wants to smoke lobsters with cannabis before boiling them to make their death more humane. The cynic in me says that she's smoking them for flavor ...
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Do most drug users not become addicted?

This 2015 Conversation article by Paul Hayes, former chief executive of the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, claims that most users of illegal drugs do not become addicted: Drug use ...
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Do pharmaceutical companies contribute to anti-drug campaigns?

According to an article by The Guardian, a pharmaceutical company called Insys lobbied against marijuana legalization in Arizona; and then was approved for a cannabis-derived pharmaceutical five ...
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Do the recent changes in US drug policy correlate with an increase in people moving from prescribed opioids to heroin?

I was reading about the price of heroin on The Recovery Village and they say: Heroin pricing varies a lot depending on the region where it’s sold, and as drug cartels have seen people become ...
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Did “paranoid” crack dealers fuel adoption of semiautomatics?

This answer cites a recent Time story (titled either Florida School Shooting: Why Civilians Started Buying AR-15s or Why Americans Started Buying Military-Style Weapons Like the One Used in the ...
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Are missing light bulbs a sign of P/meth use?

I read this claim attributed to a landlord in Balclutha, New Zealand: "It's very hard to tell if a house is infected because you can't really see it. There are telltale signs for landlords, like ...
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Has anybody overdosed on marijuana and died?

I'm sure we've all heard the saying you can't overdose (and die) on marijuana. Is this true? Have people died from smoking marijuana? Some notable claims (out of thousands) Leaf Science In fact, ...
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Can psychedelic drugs cure depression?

Some friends that I have met over the years who are into psychedelic drugs such as 'shrooms, LSD, and ecstasy (aka "molly") seem to be considerably happier people - they have lots of friends, they go ...
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How lethal is Fentanyl in humans?

In this video by CNN's Sanjay Gupta entitled "How dangerous is Fentanyl?", he can be heard saying at the end "[Fentanyl] is so powerful that just a quarter of a milligram can be fatal" Is that ...
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Do hallucinogens cause people to jump out of the window?

Back in the 90s, the DARE program made a big point about how hallucinogenic drugs cause people to jump out the window because they think they can fly, or similar things. Various other sources (such as ...
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Does Aloe Vera help pass drug test?

The news which is flashing says that usage of Aloe Vera products like juice, gel or shampoo may avoid traces of drugs from the body. It is rumored that Aloe Vera consumption gets you negative for Drug ...
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Is it possible to get high smoking banana peel?

I know this sounds ridicoulous but some people are claiming that you can get high smoking banana peel Is it true? And if it is how does it work?
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Are sex slaves forced to use drugs?

I recently watched an episode of CSI:NY and a major plot point was that sex slaves were forced to take Heroin, presumably to make them more compliant and to cause an addiction that prevents them from ...
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Does access to legal marijuana reduce dependence on opiates and other drugs?

It has recently been reported in several news sources that places where access to marijuana has been legalised have seen significant decreases in the use of other, more dangerous, drugs. In an ...
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Was Timothy Leary affiliated with the CIA?

Did Timothy Leary* either work for or actively collude with the CIA? There are various sources across the Internet that assert some variation of this. While doing research for my book, Operation ...
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Can I get high by snorting chocolate?

Ok, I understand this sounds ludicrous but people are claiming you can get high by snorting chocolate: Unlike alcohol, meth, cocaine, speed and even drugs like LSD and psilocyben [sic], the newest ...
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Do blacks in the US get arrested more often for drug usage despite using drugs at the same rate as whites?

Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk says in this YouTube video that The studies show that as well. Blacks and whites use drugs at the same rate but black people get arrested way more often for it. Is it ...
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In states where medical marijuana laws are passed, did prescription painkiller sales decrease?

I recently heard that US states where medical marijuana laws are passed have seen a decrease in prescription painkillers sales. For the study, researchers analyzed all deaths caused by opioid ...
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Can fermented human waste (“jenkem”) be used as a hallucinogenic drug?

This wikipedia article on "jenkem" describes it as— a supposed inhalant and hallucinogen created from fermented human waste. Urban Dictionary's highest-voted entry for "jenkem" describes it as— ...
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Did DUI fatalities increase or decrease due to legalization of marijuana?

I've seen conflicting articles claiming that DUI fatalities either increased or decreased after states legalized marijuana. Here are two samples, though there are many articles out there; "Since ...
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Is this true that addictions happen due to lack of bonding? [duplicate]

https://www.ted.com/talks/johann_hari_everything_you_think_you_know_about_addiction_is_wrong?language=en This guy makes some bold claim. He said that heroin, one of the most addictive drugs out ...
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Do dealers give free drugs to teenagers?

So we've all heard our parents telling us that "if a stranger gives you drugs for free, don't be greedy and don't accept it". However, I've never seen this happen in real life yet. So do (or did) ...
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Does legalizing drugs (controlled substances) actualy lead to a decrease in their use? [duplicate]

The two memes below make the claim that legalizing drugs will actually lead to a decrease in their use. Image states: Portugal, A Real Land of the Free. In 2001 Portugal decriminalized personal ...
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Are these homeless people drug addiction figures accurate?

I'm sure you've heard the claim before that Giving money to homeless men and women is just supporting their drug addiction. But how true is that claim? In any instance where I've tried being ...
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Is it fair to say that “everything we think we know about addiction is incorrect”? [closed]

A popular channel on YouTube that I previously held in high regard recently published a video, where several surprising claims are made. I think I can sum the claims up as follows: Addictive ...
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Is meth widely consumed in North Korea?

Just found this image on 9gag : "Offered as casually as a cup of tea" is not precise (is tea often consumed in North Korea?), so my question is: Is meth consumed more often in North Korea than in ...
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Are people overdosing as part of a “Paracetamol Challenge”?

I'm seeing stories such as this Daily Mail article, claiming that there's a craze amongst teenagers to basically play chicken with paracetamol (acetaminophen). a dangerous online trend has ...
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Does giving a drug to a former addict cause reestablishment of chemical dependence?

Joel Spitzer, an anti-smoking counsellor, claimed on whyquit.com that there is a law of addiction which is: The law of physiological addiction states administration of a drug to an addict will ...
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Is GHB safe to consume?

GHB is illegal and has received considerable media attention as a highly dangerous recreational drug, However, there is a June 1997 article by Life Enhancement Magazine, that endorses the use of GHB ...
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Is this claim that “vaccinations are associated with heroin use” made in good faith? [closed]

A Facebook group Feminists Against Vaccination have posted an anti-vaxx advert: ] Source Their first injection was a vaccination. Protect your children from vaccinations. Vaccinations leave a ...
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Is smoking marijuana while breast feeding dangerous?

This site claims: Mothers that cannot quit smoking marijuana ( who have a marijuana dependency ) can continue to breastfeed as long as they do not expose their babies to the secondhand smoke. ...
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Are heroin/cocaine not as physically addictive as previously claimed?

This article suggests that most of the addiction is due to the environment, not the actual chemical effects on the body. In particular, the article claims that the common thinking, as encapsulated in ...
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Is driving stoned safer than driving drunk?

Some support that driving while under the influence of marijuana is safer than driving when drunk, saying that people who drive high always drive at slower speeds so even if they cause an accident, it'...
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Does LSD use correlate with high achievement?

There is the famous quote by Steve Jobs Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t ...
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Does a pair of trainers (shoes) hanging on a telephone wire mean the house nearby is a crack den?

I've been told this many times (in the UK). It's even mentioned in a wikipedia article: Some also say that shoes hanging from the wires advertise a local crack house where crack cocaine is used ...
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Can you determine the type or quality of illicit drugs by tasting them?

This is a ridiculously common trope in cop shows and movies. I've seen movies where either a cop or a druglord was able to rattle off purity statistics after just a taste. The good guys bust into a ...
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Did Coca-Cola contain cocaine?

Is it true Coca-Cola once contained cocaine? To what extent and how similar was this to the street drug cocaine? Until 1903, the world-famous soft drink contained a significant dose of cocaine. ...
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Are Facebook Likes similar to cocaine addiction?

The Financal Times reports: Dopamine jolt behind internet addiction The effect on the brain is similar to what makes drug addicts reuse cocaine Kristen Lindquist, professor of psychology ...
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Could Detoxifying Foot Pads help someone pass a drug test?

I just came across the phenomenon of 'Detoxifying Foot Pads'. They are supposed to draw toxins out of your feet by contact overnight or through the day. It is claimed that they help you pass a drug ...
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Do U.S. police (sheriff) departments earn money with drug busts?

Allegedly there is disproportionate amount of U.S. police effort to perform drug bust versus fighting other classes of crimes, as the law allows them to confiscate property, which then can be sold ...
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Is sugar one element away from cocaine or any other drug?

I've heard multiple times through out my college and early work career that they believed sugar was one element away from being cocaine (or some other drug). However, none of these people had a ...
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Did Nizari Ismailis assassins commit murders under the influence of hashish?

From Wikipedia: The Assassins (from Arabic: حشّاشين‎ Ḥashshāshīn) were an order of Nizari Ismailis, particularly those of Persia and Syria that formed in the late 11th century. In time, the ...
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Can second-hand marijuana smoke cause somebody to fail a drug test? [duplicate]

In 1988, Olympic athlete, Ross Rebagliati, failed a drug test for marijuana. The Bleacher Report explained: Rebagliati claimed, and still claims, that the positive was triggered by second-hand ...
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Can eating sugar result in addiction?

I am surprised to see this video on TED claiming that sugar can lead to addiction (differently from other kinds of food, for example broccoli). So, yes, over-consumption of sugar can have addictive ...
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Is cannabis bad for your health, when not smoked, in the long term?

This question is not about smoking cannabis. The scope of this question is limited to other methods of consumption such as edibles, tinctures, and transdermal patches. The Wikipedia article on the ...
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Did the Nixon administration use anti-drug law against anti-war movement?

The History Channel stated that Nixon administration actively used anti-drug law to get rid of anti war activists. Is it true?
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Does prohibition make illegal drugs less safe?

In a recent article in Mises Daily, Benjamin Wiegold argues: The Drug War Makes Drugs Less Safe Is his argument right that legalising recreational drugs would improve the quality of supply and ...