Synthetic cathinones, also commonly known as “bath salts,” are man-made stimulants that are chemically similar to cathinone. While cathinone can be found in the khat plant and is generally a mild stimulant, bath salts are created to be much stronger (and more dangerous).
Usually found in a white or brown crystal-like powder, however, bath salts should not be confused with Epsom salts that are often used for bathing. Synthetic cathinones can be snorted, swallowed, smoked, or also injected and can induce extreme symptoms on the brain.
Those who use bath salts often use them because they’re a more affordable alternative to drugs like cocaine as well as methamphetamine. While they deliver similar effects, bath salts’ effects, however, can be over 10 times more powerful and include things like:
- An overall “rush”
- Tingling in your extremities
- Improved mood
- Sexual stimulation
Dangers & Effects
Packages of bath salts can contain unknown dose sizes, also giving the user a high potential for overdose. In addition, there are several dangerous short-term and long-term bath salts side effects, including:
Short-term effects include:
- Panic attacks
- Nausea and abdominal pain
- Blurred vision
Long-term effects include:
- Increased risk of heart attack
- Self-injurious behavior and/or suicidal thoughts
- Increased risk of liver failure
- Bone pain
- Increased risk of kidney damage
Bath salts are highly addictive and can also induce a tolerance in those who use them regularly. Therefore, a higher dose of the drug is required to achieve the same effects. This can lead to bath salts drug abuse and as this happens, the body then becomes dependent on the drug. Once a user decides to stop using bath salts, like withdrawal symptoms can occur:
- Memory loss
- Reduced cognitive function
- Gastric issues
Of course, a bath salts addiction can be dangerous. At Victory Bay Recovery Center, we encourage you to seek bath salts rehab to eliminate your dependence and also get back on track to living a long, healthy life. At our state-of-the-art facility, we offer substance abuse treatment programs in a friendly, comfortable environment as well as professional doctors and staff members to help you through your journey. You’ll enjoy the medication, support, and care you need to recover successfully, avoid the long-term effects of bath salts, and live without an addiction. Call us at 855.259.1624 today to learn more!