What are stimulants?

Stimulants are a class of drugs that speed up messages travelling between the brain and body. They can make a person feel more awake, alert, confident or energetic.1

it include caffeine, nicotine, amphetamines and cocaine. Large doses can cause over-stimulation, resulting in anxiety, panic, seizures, headaches, stomach cramps, aggression and paranoia. Long-term use of can have adverse effects.


they are used to treat attention deficit disorder, narcolepsy, and in some cases obesity, depression or asthma. Medically, cocaine is used as a local anesthetic. Clinical stimulants were once used more widely until their high potential for abuse was realized; now they are highly regulated and over the counter it require a signature to purchase. it diverted from medical use are usually abused for their ability to enhance performance, both cognitive and physical, while illicit stimulants, usually made in labs, are used for their ability to create a ‘high.’


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