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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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 ...
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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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Does smoking cannabis kill 30,000 people per year?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-179264/Cannabis-kills-30-000-year.html Cannabis is as dangerous as cigarette smoking... [...] [C]annabis could be a major contributor to UK ...
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Can smoking marijuana from a young age cause emotional immaturity? [closed]

I was watching a fairly decent documentary regarding marijuana use and at a certain point a clinical psychologist mentioned that long term patients of his that smoked marijuana from a young age showed ...
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Are narcotics too dangerous?

Countries like China, Britain, and the U.S. have banned opium. The media is anti-narcotics and the U.S. government spends billions of dollars enforcing these laws. We're told that narcotics are too ...
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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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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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Does Hamas execute drug offenders? [closed]

A CNN VICE documentary claims: We visited Gaza's central prison, where drug users and drug smugglers alike are locked in a communal cell, their sentences ranging anywhere from one month, to death ...
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Can you get high by smoking oregano?

I heard somewhere that people have tried to get high by smoking oregano. Is that true? If so, did it work?
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Are drugs, sex and weapons the largest three markets?

I heard a claim from a guy in my class during high school, which was like 6 years ago or so, saying that the three 'biggest markets' in the world are drugs, sex and weapons. It of course implied quite ...
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Is “strawberry quik” and chocolate flavored meth going around schools?

I've been seeing this scary letter making the rounds on Facebook: Quite simply, is this a real thing? Is the letter authentic? Is there candy flavored meth floating around elementary schools? Is the ...
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Did George Washington support the sowing of Hemp?

Wikiquote and many other sites list this quote: Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere! George Washington in a note to his gardener at Mount Vernon (1794), The Writings of ...
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Is the “gateway drug” theory valid? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is cannabis a gateway drug? From D.A.R.E.: What Is a Gateway Drug? A gateway drug is a drug that opens the door to the use of other, harder drugs. Gateway drugs are ...
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Is marijuana an effective medicine for any one of these medical conditions?

Has marijuana been shown to be an effective medicine for any one of these medical conditions: pain, glaucoma, cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, or multiple sclerosis? For purposes of this ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Do scare tactics in advertising succeed in reducing the number of people who smoke or take illegal drugs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are anti-smoking advertisements actually promoting smoking through use of reverse psychology? Most people agree that tobacco is harmful to health, but many people still smoke (...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is marijuana consumption safer than peanut consumption? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is smoking weed bad for your health? According to this image I found on Facebook, the claim is made that "Marijuana is safer than peanuts." Presumably this is referring ...
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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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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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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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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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Are cigarettes addictive?

At least one person has published alleged doubts about whether cigarettes are addictive, with their doubt/claim being supposedly backed by at least one scientific study. Is this a reasonable question ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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 ...