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Depressants work by slowing down the messages between the brain and the body by slowing down the activity of the central nervous system. The most commonly used legal depressant is alcohol, whilst Heroin is the most commonly used illegal depressant.

Their effects can vary greatly depending on the amount taken. For example, Cannabis is generally considered a depressant, but in larger amounts it can act like a hallucinogen.

These listed affects of depressants are the sought after effects. Taking depressants in large quantities, frequently or in conjunction with other depressants or other drugs will likely have many other less desirable side effects. For example, when combining depressants, the effects increment exponentially, not linearly and overdose in this manner is quite common.

Depressants Articles

  • Marijuana, Cannabis
    Marijuana, Cannabis are usually smoked in a cigarette form or a pipe of some sort like a bong.
  • GHB
    Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) falls into the family of depressants and is already found in our bodies in trace amounts
  • Inhalants
    Inhalants usually encompass volatile substances, many found around the home or office, that give off fumes or vapours at room temperature
  • Opioids/Heroin
    Opioids encompass the drugs Heroin, Morphine, Codeine, Methadone, Buprenorphine, Pethidine, Dilaudid, Kapanol, MS Contin.