Psychoactive Drugs

Vocab

  1. Psychoactive Drugs-A psychoactive drug, psychopharmaceutical, or psychotropic is a chemical substance that changes brain function and results in alterations in perception, mood, or consciousness.
  2. Stimulants- a substance that raises levels of physiological or nervous activity in the body.
  3. Depressants- a substance that lowers levels of physiological or nervous activity in the body
  4. Opiates-Opiates are analgesic alkaloid compounds found naturally in the opium poppy plant Papaver somniferum. The psychoactive compounds found in the opium plant include morphine, codeine, and thebaine.
  5. Psychedelic Drugs-A psychedelic substance is a psychoactive drug whose primary action is to alter cognition and perception, typically by agonising serotonin receptors.
  6. tolerance- the amount of a drug you need to take to make you feel high
  7. withdrawal- when someone stops taking drugs they go through a period of the drug and crave for the drug leaving their body
  8. addiction- when someone cant stop taking something
  9. dependence- when you feel you need the drug to stay alive

Facts

1.People use tobacco, crack, alcohol, etc., because these substances make them feel good, get them high, and/or help them relax and forget their problems.


2.A psychoactive drug or psychotropic substance is a chemical substance that acts primarily upon the central nervous system where it alters brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, consciousness and behavior.


3.Mood altering drugs are also called 'psychoactive drugs'. They can affect the way a person thinks, feels and acts. These drugs usually have physical effects as well, but what sets them apart from other drugs is that they work on the mind and the senses.