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What else gets u high other then weed

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What effect could different drugs have?

The possible mental health effects of the most commonly-used drugs are listed below.

Not everyone will experience all of them.

alcohol

Alcohol is legal but it is the most toxic of the commonly-used drugs.

Moderate use is not usually a problem. The long-term effects listed below are associated with drinking a lot over a long period of time. These effects will go away if you stop drinking.

“I never drink when feeling even a little low as I think the alcohol enhanced my feelings and led to me feeling even worse.”

If you think you may be addicted to alcohol and want to give up:

  • get advice and information
  • seek medical help if possible – it can be dangerous to stop drinking suddenly
Type of drug: depressant
  • feeling relaxed and more sociable
  • feeling subdued, so that you drink more in order to recreate the pleasant effects
  • large amounts – uninhibited behaviour or aggression
  • memory loss
  • difficulty thinking clearly
  • difficulty problem-solving
  • poor concentration
  • addiction

Dependency and withdrawal symptoms

  • anxiety
  • delirium (confusion, disorientation, hallucinations)

“Alcohol is the main culprit for some terrible decision making at university. The overwhelming pressure to go out drinking most nights can and did get the better of many students in my first year.”

amphetamines; methylamphetamine (crystal meth)

Amphetamines are a group of drugs which vary in how powerful they are and how they are classified legally.

The effects of crystal meth are similar to crack cocaine but they last longer. If you have experience of a mental health problem, you are more likely to experience negative effects.

Type of drug: stimulant
  • increased attention and alertness
  • reduced tiredness
  • increased energy and confidence
  • agitation
  • confusion
  • aggression
  • psychosis; paranoia
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • tiredness
  • irritability

anabolic steroids

These are taken to increase muscle bulk and enhance sporting performance. They are slow to act, and do not cause an immediate buzz like other stimulants.

They are class C drugs, legally available only from a pharmacist on prescription. Their use is banned by many sporting organisations.

The short- and long-term mental health effects of steroids will disappear if you stop taking them. However, the symptoms of dependency may continue.

Type of drug: stimulant

Short- and long-term effects

  • increased energy
  • excitement
  • competitiveness
  • aggression
  • dramatic mood swings
  • confusion
  • sleeping problems
  • depression
  • paranoia
  • extreme tiredness
  • depression

benzodiazepines

These are prescribed for anxiety and as sleeping pills. It is illegal to take them without a prescription written for you.

You might use them:

  • to increase the effects of similar drugs, such as alcohol or opiates
  • to counteract the effects of stimulants, such as ecstasy or amphetamines, or
  • to help with stopping smoking

Benzodiazepines can be very addictive, and coming off them can be very difficult.

Type of drug: depressant
  • negative effects:
    • agitation
    • aggression
    • hostility
  • positive effects:
    • reduced tension and anxiety
    • clear thinking
    • feeling calm and relaxed
  • sleeping problems
  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • heightened awareness

For a list of withdrawal symptoms see our full benzodiazepines section.

buprenorphine

Buprenorphine and methadone are both prescription drugs that are used to treat heroin addiction. They are recommended by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).

Buprenorphine (trade name Temgesic) is less sedating than methadone, and so may be preferable if you are working or if you drive.

Type of drug: opium-related painkiller

Short- and long-term effects

  • depression
  • loss of libido
  • hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms
  • feelings of detachment

cannabis (marijuana, hemp, hashish, grass, skunk)

People take cannabis as a way of relaxing and getting high. The effects you experience will largely depend on:

  • whether you are used to taking the drug
  • how much you take
  • the type of cannabis you use
  • your genes

If you have experience of anxiety and depression, you are more likely to experience negative side effects.

Type of drug: stimulant, depressant and hallucinogen
  • feeling relaxed
  • talkative
  • finding things very funny and laughing a lot
  • feeling excited by the things you see, hear and feel
  • hunger

High doses may cause:

  • distorted perceptions
  • forgetfulness
  • distress and confusion
  • psychotic experiences (hallucinations or other unshared perceptions)
  • long-lasting symptoms of psychosis, that may be diagnosed as schizophrenia
  • depression in later life, if you use it a lot as a teenager
Cannabis psychosis

Whether or not you get psychotic effects when using cannabis depends on a gene which codes for a chemical called COMT (catechol-O-methyltransferase, a brain enzyme). There are two versions of this gene, one of which is associated with a much greater chance of getting psychotic effects than the other.

You are more likely to have psychotic experiences if:

  • you use cannabis such as skunk, which has a high level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the component of cannabis that is hallucinogenic)
  • you have two copies of the version of the COMT gene, which makes you more susceptible to psychotic experiences

What else gets u high other then weed When you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, access to the right information is vital. If you’re finding things hard