Psychoactive Drugs

Altered Consciousness

Terms to know:

Psychoactive Drugs- chemical substance that alters pain, anxiety, cognition and perception

Stimulants- psychoactive drugs that induce temporary movements in mental or physical functions

Depressants-drug that slows the activity of the nervous system

Opiates-substances that act on the nervous system in a similar way to morphine and codeine

Psychedelic Drugs- psychoactive drug whose primary action is to alter cognition and perception, typically by serotonin receptors

Tolerance- allowable amount of variation of a specified quantity

Withdrawal- physical and mental symptoms that occur after stopping or reducing intake of a drug

Addiction- state characterized by compulsive engagement stimuli, despite consequences. thought as a disease

Dependence- relying on being controlled by someone or something else

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