Dipen Nandani | 04 Apr 2007

Different kinds of drugs and its effects

We are told not to drink and drive. But what is the need when by only smoking you can fly without an air ticket. Why do people have drugs, is a million dollar question. Half of the people who have these don't even know why they have or try it. Maybe because they want to see how it feels, they want to try it out once, the curiosity as to why other people have it etc.
The drugs are categorised into groups, according to their availability, price and how the body and mind is affected when taken. Hard core drugs and semi core drugs. But whether its hard or semi, its bound to affect a person physically or psychologically for a short or long term. In India mostly these drugs are easily available and consumed greatly in Goa, Delhi, Pune, Banglore and Mumbai. It has a magnetic power to attract students, youngsters, high profile personalities, models, party animals etc.
LSD(Lysergic Acid Diethylamide or Lysergide),Strip etc. is not physically addictive. It is a chemically prepared colourless, odourless and tasteless liquid which is normally taken orally in the form of small squares of card, with the drug. Users may experience heightened self awareness and a feeling of being outside one's body. The effect (or trip) lasts between 8 and 12 hours, depending on dose. Mostly people have it before going to a rave party or disc. They feel as if they are the DJ's, they are floating in air, in short they are flying high!
Most popular, affordable, easily available, many nicknames like Zulfa, Joints,Ganja, Charas, Grass, Dope, Marijuana, Blow etc. It is a brown solid mass which is crumbled and mixed with tobacco to form a joint and then filled in a cigarette. Special care is taken when tapping the cig for disposing the ash is being done. It is sold in tollahs(10gms)The stuff from Cold places i.e North India is said to be the best and original maal. It can also come in its original leaf form (grass).The effects of Cannabis can vary from person to person. Some users may feel more talkative, more relaxed, experience a sense of well being and being ‘stoned’. People feel the crave for food and also lack of saliva is observed as soon as its taken. Long term regular smoking can lead to bronchitis and lung cancer. Traces of this drug can stay in the body for atleast a month. One would eat up a few kgs of sweet dishes, if given after its consumption.
Loved by party goers and known as "E".Ecstacy pills/tablets/capsules contain a variety of drugs known as ring-substituted phenethylamines. Each tablets have different effects. Ecstasy is mainly taken orally. Ecstasy starts to take effect after approximately 30 minutes and can last for several hours. Different users are affected in different ways, some experiencing the urge to dance or be affectionate with people around them. Users may experience a feeling known as 'coming up' where the drug sends rushes all over the body and brain producing a feeling of 'Ecstasy'. Ecstasy makes some people more likely to end up having sex when on the high. Aches, pains, muscle stiffness, cramps, vomiting, dizziness, and insomnia are all after effects of taking Ecstasy.
Also referred as Coke, Snow, Powder as it comes in the form of a white powder made from coca shrub that can be eaten, smoked, sniffed or injected. The intense high lasts 10 - 15 minutes. The remaining effects disappearing within an hour. As a result the user may need repeated doses to maintain the high. Its short lived effect can lead to a habit that is very expensive to maintain. Withdrawal is very difficult. Regular users can experience the high being replaced with tiredness, depression, sickness, restlessness and weight loss. The lining of the nose can be damaged due to continuous sniffing. Will have to check out Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan, Fardeen Khan's nose line.
Called Smack, Brown or H is a drug derived from the opium poppy. It comes in the form of a light brown powder and is sold in small paper wrappers. Heroin can be sniffed, smoked or the powder can be dissolved in water and injected, any drug is dangerous when injected and death from overdose is possible. The drug takes effect almost immediately and the effects can last several hours depending on the dose. Contentment, relief from stress and a warm pleasant drowsiness may be felt by the user. If taken frequently the user starts to increase the dose to get the same effect. Its easier to get separated from one's wife, but getting a divorce from heroin may take years.
Whatever the reason maybe, even after knowing that consumption, under its influence, possession etc is illegal still people have it. Some apply iodex on bread slices and eat, some mix chemicals and inject to get a kick, others have bhang, Just one message to everyone "SAY NO TO DRUGS."