Questions tagged [recreational-drugs]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Do 70% of Marijuana users also use while working?

On a talkshow this morning during a discussion of the validity of random drug tests a member of the Illinois State Police stated that 70% of admitted Marijuana users also admit to using while at work. ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Was the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 passed because of the commercial interests of Dupont?

In How Marijuana Became Illegal Bud Fairy writes: During the same period, Du Pont was developing cellophane, nylon, and dacron from from fossil fuels. Du Pont held the patents on many synthetics ...
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Do people get high using cat urine?

In one episode of South Park, people start getting high on cat urine. Some preliminary searches on the net show some people agreeing and some disagreeing with this fact. It's hard to say how serious ...
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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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Can Marijuana use result in addiction?

From the drugabuse.gov website: Long-term marijuana use can lead to addiction; that is, people have difficulty controlling their drug use and cannot stop even though it interferes with many ...
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Does LSD provide a creativity boost?

The claim is of course widely known: LSD "broadens your thinking" and makes you "more creative". The last incarnation was Steve Jobs' biography taking a swipe at Bill Gates: “He’d be a broader ...
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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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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 marijuana stronger now than it was in the 60s?

"There's no question that marijuana, today, is more potent than the marijuana in the 1960s. However, if you were to look at the average marijuana potency which is about 3.5 percent, it's been ...
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Are there people who can't get high on marijuana?

I smoked my head off and can't feel anything. And my friends can get high just by breathing all the smoke in the room :) Someone told me that I need to try more and get used to it, and it will happen ...
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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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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 adrenalin shot directly in the heart to revive people overdosing?

I wonder if the scene in the movie Pulp Fiction, where a girl (Marsellus Wallace's wife), in a bad health situation after taking too much heroin, is brought to life by a direct prick of adrenalin in ...
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Can you get high from second-hand marijuana smoke?

It has been widely claimed that the dosage levels of psychoactive drugs from second-hand marijuana smoke is insufficient to have an effect - i.e. to give a "contact high" Opposing Views The notion ...
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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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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 Mephedrone as dangerous as UK government advice claims?

Mephedrone is an amphetamine-like designer drug that was, until recently, not strictly illegal in the UK. . See Nature news story here which also covers the controversy around the original ban in the ...
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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 SWATs in the US mostly used for serving marijuana warrants?

I've seen following claims made by pro-legalization lobby: SWATs are used more often for drug warrants than to deal with any violent crimes most of these warrants are for marijuana significant number ...
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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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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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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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Can drugs cause permanent neurological change?

Over the weekend I saw the movie Limitless. <SPOILER ALERT> In that, the main character takes a drug, and he says that because of his prolonged usage of the drug, his synapses changed ...
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Was Francis Crick high on LSD when he discovered the structure of DNA?

From Nobel Prize genius Crick was high on LSD when he discovered the secret of life: FRANCIS CRICK, the Nobel Prize-winning father of modern genetics, was under the influence of LSD when he first ...
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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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Cocaine mummies?

Apparently traces of cocaine were found on Egyptian mummies. Given that the coca plant only grew in South America prior to Columbus, could this indicate the ancient Egyptians had contact with the New ...
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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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Did the CIA sell illegal drugs in the US in order to fund anti-communist Dictators in South America? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Did the CIA sell drugs in the US? I've heard this many times from various sources. I've heard it referenced to the crack epidemic in the 80s. I've heard it mentioned in ...