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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How prevalent is the use of drugs (other than alcohol) to spike food/drinks?

A few years ago, I worked in nightclub security. During my training course,* the instructor told us that it was common for people to come up and claim that they had been spiked with something, but ...
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Does most illegal fentanyl sold in the US come through Mexico?

The Atlantic claims: most illicit fentanyl used in America, where 32,000 people died from fentanyl last year, comes through Mexico. Mexican cartels lack trained chemists to make fentanyl from ...
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How prevalent has psychoactive drug use been in the Syrian civil war?

ARA news - a site with English-language news regarding Syria an the Kurdish-majority regions in particular, has posted this item: Captagon, The Drug Fuelling the War In Syria where it says: Half ...
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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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Did the CIA sell drugs in the US?

According to Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Gary Webb in his controversial article series The Dark Alliance For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of ...
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Can marijuana cause seizures in children?

Today on NBC on TV they mentioned a study that says 3000 kids between 2000 and 2017 ate marijuana and half of those kids ended up in the hospital. One of the symptoms mentioned was drowsiness (...
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Did 20% of US soldiers in Vietnam use heroin, 95% of whom quit afterwards?

The following claims were made around 04:50 of this TED talk by Johann Hari: 20 percent of all American troops were using loads of heroin, and if you look at the news reports from the time, they ...
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Does smoking one joint give as much exposure to cancer-producing chemicals as smoking four to five cigarettes?

I was linked to a website from Parenting Stack Exchange called drugfreeworld. I then browsed around a bit, and I found this interesting line on the Marijuana page: Aside from the discomfort that ...
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Did Dubai sentence someone to four years in jail for possession of three poppy seeds from a bread roll?

The BBC and various other news sites make variations of the following claim: Previously, a Swiss man was jailed for possessing just three poppy seeds which he had transported with him to Dubai. ...
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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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Was the quantity of Fentanyl imported in 2018 enough to kill every American?

ABC reporter Meridith McGraw, who covers the White House, recently tweeted: Inbox: For a payment of $20.20, the Trump campaign says they will send a “faux brick” to Pelosi and Schumer’s offices “...
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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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Is smoking weed bad for your health?

Some people believe that smoking marijuana (without any tobacco) is harmful to your health and may cause problems. Examples of things I've heard weed supposedly causes: All the health problems of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Has the War on Drugs disproportionately affected minority communities?

The premise of Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In documentary is that the US War on Drugs, other than being a mostly failed campaign, has also disproportionately affected minority communities. A ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Does oxygen get you high enough to keep you calm during a plane crash?

Does oxygen get you high? If so, is the effect strong enough to keep the average person placid during a plane crash? From the movie Fight Club: Tyler Durden: [pointing at an emergency ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Does marijuana impair driving?

Is the use of cannabis/marijuana/THC associated with risks when driving a motor vehicle, similar to impairment from the use of alcohol? The conclusions of public studies seem inconsistent. For ...
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Is LSD more harmful than alcohol?

Having read this Guardian article it seems LSD is a much less harmful drug (both to the user and to others) than alcohol. I live in the UK, where alcohol is legal to buy from age 18 (and to drink from ...
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Kindergarten drug dealers

A common myth says that drug dealers make drug-laced candies or pills and give them off to children outside schools. For example, Examples of the drug-mixing strategy also include candy laced ...
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Does coffee cause children to grow slower?

One of the things claimed by several adults when I was little is that coffee would stop me from growing so I wasn't allowed to drink it, is there any truth to that claim? It doesn't seem completely ...
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“La fée verte”: Is Absinthe hallucinogenic?

Absinthe is a distilled, alcoholic beverage, sometimes referred to as "la fée verte" (the green fairy). Absinthe was banned in many countries during the early 20th century: 1906 - Brazil and ...
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Do drug addicts stop maturing when they become addicted?

Occasionally individuals and organizations that help drug users and addicts claim that addicts stop maturing when they become addicted to drugs: Well, drugs and alcohol hinder a person’s brain ...
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Does decriminalizing drug use lead to less drug use?

While listening to the RSA talk Addiction: What to Do When Everything Else has Failed I'm reminded of an article in the Times from 2009 about Portugal's decriminalization of drugs. The Cato paper ...
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Is cannabis a gateway drug?

gate·way drug noun A habit-forming drug that, while not itself addictive, may lead to the use of other addictive drugs Is there any evidence to suggest that people who try cannabis are more ...
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Does long-term use of MDMA (“Ecstasy”) cause cognitive impairment?

The MDMA page of Wikipedia currently states: A meta-analytic review of the published literature on memory show that ecstasy users may suffer short-term and long-term verbal memory impairment—with ...