Altered States of Consciousness

Jason Yakimiv and Matt Wood

Psychoactive Drugs

Chemical substance that changes brain function and results in alterations in perception, mood or consciousness
Big image

Stimulants

drugs that excite neural activity and speed up body functions

ex: caffeine, nicotine, cocaine, and ecstasy

Big image

Depressants

drugs that reduce neural activity and slow body functions (alcohol and barbiturates)
Big image

Opiates

depress neural activity, temporarily lessening pain and anxiety
Big image

Psychedelic Drugs

primary action to alter cognition and perception, agonism serotonin receptor
Big image

Tolerance

with repeated exposure to a drug, the drugs effect lessens therefore making user need more and vice versa for a person who doesn't use it
Big image

Withdrawl

upon stopping use of a drug (after addiction), users may experience the undesirable effects of withdrawal
Big image

Addiction

craving for a chemical substance, despite its adverse consequences (physical and psychological)
Big image

Dependence

absence of a drug may lead to a feeling of physical pain, intense cravings, and negative emotions
Big image
Big image
Big image
Big image