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Cocaine, Heroin Amongst Most Popular Drugs

  1. mopsie
    Pubdate: Mon, 05 Jun 2006
    Source: Times of India, The (India)


    NEW DELHI: Despite the arrival of 'designer drugs' in the market, cocaine, heroin, marijuana and psychedelics continue to be in great demand among drug users.

    Following is a primer on the common drugs available:

    Cocaine: It emerged under the name of 'crack' in 1980s and is prepared from the South American cocoa plant. Despite being one of the costliest narcotic substances, it continues to be easily available and is always in great demand.

    It is usually snorted as white coloured powder but can be injected also. It is highly addictive and makes the user euphoric for about an hour.

    Heroin: Also known as 'smack' or 'brown sugar', it is available in powder form. It is processed from morphine, which is extracted from the Asian poppy plant.

    It could be either white or dark brown in colour. The former is considered to be "pure heroin", while the latter has some impurities due to the addition of sugar, starch, quinine or even powdered milk.

    Brown coloured heroin is generally dissolved in water and then injected in the diluted form through a needle. White heroin is also snorted or smoked.

    Marijuana: Commonly known as 'pot' or 'grass', marijuana is derived from the plant cannabis sativa. It is generally smoked but it can be cooked in certain foods and eaten also.

    Marijuana has tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC ), a psychoactive chemical that produces euphoria and mild disorientation at times.

    Lysergic acid diethylamide ( LSD ): Commonly known as 'acid', LSD is derived from lysergic acid, which in turn is extracted from ergot - a grain fungus that grows on rye. It is colourless, odourless and tastes mildly bitter.

    It is taken orally. It is produced in crystalline as well as liquid form.

    Ecstasy: 'Ecstasy', like LSD is also a psychedelic and is available in tablet form. It is preferred by teenagers attending all-night dance parties. The users boast of a "cosmic experience" after consuming it.

    It is easily available and much cheaper than LSD.

Comments

  1. 788.4
    When I saw the title of this article and who it was published by, I thought that it would discuss recent drug trends in India. The idea of drug use in one of the emerging markets interested me.

    However after reading this article I am sorry to say that is is one of the worst articles I have read on this forum (no offense to the person who posted it, it's not like you wrote the article). If Times of India publishes this I can't imagine what other interesting articles they have to read.
  2. Benga
    ah love the cocoa-crack !!!
    it must be some kind of freebase theobromine !!!

    it's rare to see a coca / cocoa confusion nowadays, though this was very common in the early 20th century.

    that said, having read the times of india and other indian publications, i'm not really surprised.
    one of the most amazing books i read was a paperback by an lieutenant from the indian army who kind of went "undercover" and "infiltrated" the hippies in the 70's, in Goa, Manali, Hampi and other hotspots... It's both appalling and hilarious, his "technique", and moral comments, terrible black and white pictures...and the sections on drug use, well...;
    I'd bought this in India, don't know if it's exported or not...
    b
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