Bath salts are today a popular group of designer drugs known for their a great many uses. The name is derived from the many occasions in which the drugs would have been disguised as bath salts. Today they are used by many people in addition to being recreational. The bath salts of old were made with substances such as ground sea salt or rock salt.
The bath salts of days gone by were not only used by those wishing to have a relaxing time, but also by law enforcers and police officers who wanted to find illegal substances. The white powder, fine crystals, or pebbles often look like Epsom salt but are different chemically. They can be found in many drug abuse centers, both online and offline. In fact, they make a great alternative to making your own. Although there is a bath salt equivalent in the form of Epsom salt, the real secret to getting the highs from these chemical-laden products is to know how to mix them correctly.
The bath salts of today can be found almost everywhere, both online and in stores. Many are sold as Epsom salt and used for relaxation and for the treatment of common ailments, although some of the new bath salts are synthetic. They still have the palliative effects of the salts from days gone by but have the advantage of being safe and legal. The FDA has approved two of the new substances for human consumption, however, they are not legal for human consumption. The two substances are St. John's Wort and Passion Flower.
St. John's Wort is a relatively new substance with a long history of use as a psychotropic herb. The herb contains compounds that act as antidepressants, which can be very useful for people who suffer from depression or anxiety. While there is not strong evidence that it acts as an antidepressant, there are a large number of people who swear by its relaxing properties. However, it has not yet been approved by the FDA for human consumption and there are a number of investigations into its side effects. It is not known whether the combination of an herb with a psychoactive substance produces a compound that has all the benefits of bath salts, which would make it legal, as well as more comfortable to use.
Passionflower, which is commonly known as 'potency' or 'incense', is being used increasingly often for the relief of symptoms associated with a life crisis, especially as it has become easier to buy it over-the-counter. Many people believe that it has the ability to help reduce stress, improve mood, reduce anxiety and ease the symptoms of insomnia. The only known problem is that there have been cases of reactions such as agitation, confusion, hallucinations and even death from overdose.
Both St. John's Wort and Passion Flower contain synthetic cathinone. Synthetic cathinones act as tranquilizers, but they also cause very serious side effects. Because of this, bath salts users should be vigilant when taking these products. Some users have become very addicted to them, taking them in lieu of prescription pain medication. This can be a deadly combination.
Unfortunately, this trend has spilled over into the national news, with reports of a bath salts addict dying in a treatment center. There are no official records of deaths directly caused by synthetic stimulant drugs, but drug addiction is on the rise. As a result, it is imperative that the FDA take steps to stop bath salt abuse before it gains momentum and affects more Americans than ever before.
Although the FDA has not approved any type of bath salts treatment, they have placed warning labels on them. They recommend that bath salts users seek professional assistance if they experience serious side effects such as hallucinations, agitation, confusion, and even cardiac arrest. Bath salts manufacturers must make sure their products do not contain harmful stimulants. They also need to create products that are only available through a prescription.