Marijuana, also colloquially known as weed/pot/grass, derive from the cannabis plant. This belongs to the class of drugs known as cannabinoids and holds the number two spot for being the most widely abused drug, next to alcohol. The humble beginnings of marijuana can be traced back to around 2700 B.C. as an herbal medicine in China. There are written accounts of it being used to treat rheumatism and gout.
Chroming, also known as sniffing, huffing, or rexing is the act of inhaling volatile materials, such as solvents and household chemicals to experience a high.
Methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) is a synthetic compound that is primarily used for recreational purposes. This drug heightens sensory perceptions and magnifies touch sensations, which is how it got its street name, ecstasy. Ecstasy boosts your energy level and makes you feel great. This surge of energy you feel can be attributed to the so-called happy neurotransmitter, serotonin. The user can feel warm and tingly inside, some even report going into a trance-like state.
In the past, Benzodiazepines or benzos (slang) were the most commonly prescribed sedative-hypnotic drugs. The history of benzodiazepines dates back to the late 1800s when opioid helped soldiers combat fatigue and elevate their mood during the civil war, this resulted in many of them being addicted to the drug and until now the opioid pandemic is a relentless global health crisis. Since then, pharmaceutical companies were on the lookout for safer alternatives.
Barbiturates first came into the scene in 1903. This drug class was primarily used for the management of insomnia and to induce sedation. Barbiturates are derived from the inactive form, barbituric acid. There are over 50 kinds of clinically approved barbiturates but only a few are prescribed in the medical community. This is due to the substantial adverse effects of the drugs and because benzodiazepines are a more favorable alternative, brought about by their proven efficacy.
Tanning is a process undergone to achieve a darkened skin color. Before the advent of technology, tanning was solely achieved through the natural process of sunbathing. The skin darkens because of a pigment called melanin. When the skin cells are overexposed to the ultraviolet radiation from the sun, more melanin is produced. This mechanism is the body’s way of shielding itself from further damage.
Whether it’s the latest fashion trend, the newest gadget in the market, or the most recently released makeup product, we have all been there--being overpowered by an intense desire to splurge. The countless adverts and influencers we see on social media do not help a bit to curb this impulse. We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with treating yourself once in a while. It is when the shopping behaviour spirals out of control that needs to be remedied.
Cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure performed on people who want to enhance their appearance. Before we tackle the very real issue of cosmetic surgery addiction, a distinction needs to be made between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. Plastic surgery is a specialty in medicine that focuses on reconstructing defects caused by congenital disorders, burns, accidents, diseases, and trauma. The main purpose is to correct an area of the body that is disfigured. People often interchange the terms plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery, but the latter is dedicated to enhancing the aesthetic of a person.
According to psychology, the characteristic feature of a perfectionist is having extremely high standards and a strong drive for the flawless execution of tasks. A perfectionist holds other peoples’ opinions about them in high regard and this is accompanied by self-criticisms.
According to psychology, a histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is a legitimate mental condition in which people have an uncontrollable impulse to act in an overly dramatic way to draw attention to themselves. A distinction should be made between this and narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). In NPD, the afflicted individual has an inflated sense of self-importance and disregards others’ feelings, because they are too preoccupied with themselves.
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