Psychoactive Drugs

Matt Hand & Max Goulazian

Concept Vocabulary:

Psychoactive Drugs: drug capable of influencing perception, mood, cognition or behavior

Stimulants: drugs that speeds up activity in central nervous system

Depressants: drugs that slow down activity in central nervous system

Opiates: drugs derived from opium poppy, relieve pain and commonly produce euphoria

Psychedelic Drugs: conscious altering drugs that produce hallucination

Tolerance: increased resistance to a drugs effects accompanying continued use

Withdrawal: physical and psychological symptoms after one stops taking a drug

Addiction: result from taking a drug continuously, requiring it to function normally

Dependence: the act of requiring a certain drug because of addiction

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Psychedelic Drugs

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LSD is known by various street names like acid, trips, tabs, blotters, microdots, stars, white lightning, purple mike, blue mike, windows, superman, strawberries.

LSD is synthesized from lysergic acid that is found in ergot, a fungus which grows on rye and other grains. It was discovered in 1938 and presently is one of the most powerful mood-altering chemical.

As a result of tripping on LSD 2 Nobel Prize winners succeeded in their award winning scientific discoveries.