Psychoactive drug

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A psychoactive drug or psychotropic substance is a chemical substance that acts generally upon the central nervous system where in it alters mind feature, ensuing in brief changes in belief, mood, consciousness and behavior.

These drugs may be used recreationally to purposefully alter one’s attention (which include coffee, alcohol or cannabis), as pathogens for non-secular functions (which includes the mescaline-containing peyote cactus or epsilon-containing mushrooms), and also as medication (together with using narcotics in controlling ache, stimulants to treat narcolepsy and interest problems, in addition to anti-depressants and anti-psychotics for treating neurological and psychiatric ailments).

Many of those materials (especially the stimulants and depressants) may be habit-forming, causing chemical dependency and can result in substance abuse.

Conversely, others (particularly the psychedelics) can, in sure instances, help to treat or even therapy such addictions.

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