23 Apr Bath Salts First Explored in the 1920s Re-Discovered Recently
Although bath salts and plant foods have made a lot of headlines lately they are nothing new. In fact, they were first introduced in the 1920s to explore better antidepressant options by pharmaceutical companies and universities.
Although the manufacturer of these substances is different from those of methamphetamines, pseudoephedrine is the same ingredient used in the production of both. These synthetic substances are sold with labels stating they are not intended for human consumption and clearly circumvent the Controlled Substances Act. With this kind of labeling though, drug dealers are able to call products whatever they want to, according to a recent online post.
Three important points remain about these synthetic products. The first is that they are in no way any type of bath salt or plant food for that matter. These two terms originate from trade names when the products were first marketed.
Secondly is what happens to people when they take these drugs. These substances make up a class of certain chemicals common with the central structures such as serotonin receptors in the human brain. The effects of the drugs are similar to that of Ecstasy almost immediately after consumption. The craze for these products was first fueled partly by over-the-counter places like head shops and convenience marts. Many people thought they were safe simply because they were over the counter and because they are legal in the 50 states.
The third problem is the fact that this drug problem is largely underreported. These drugs don’t show up in most standard toxicology testing and many drug cases are thought to be due to these cases now, but this is not scientifically proven yet.
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