Hallucinogens and Steroids

Hallucinogensand Steroids

AnabolicSteroids and LSD

Anabolicsteroids are the most common and abused steroids in the modernsociety. These drugs are based on the male hormone, testosterone,which is naturally produced in the body. The main effect of the drugis increased levels of proteins in the skeletal muscles cells, whichenhance male characteristics such as masculine body structure andphysical strength. Anabolic steroids are commonly used in physicalsporting activities as performance enhancing drugs. There are severalphysiological and psychological effects of anabolic drugs (Doweiko,2014).The health risks associated with overdose or long-term use ofanabolic steroids include changes in cholesterol level, liver damage,high blood pressure and other heart diseases. There are long term andshort term psychological impacts of anabolic steroids. The short termeffects include hypomania and aggressive behavior, mood swings,paranoid behavior and impatient. Long-term impacts of anabolicsteroids include depression, suicidal thoughts and affectivedisorders (Doweiko,2014).

LSD(lysergic acid diethylamide) is commonly abused hallucinogens in themodern society. Although it is not addictive, it has psychologicaleffects. LSD is sold and used in the form of a white powder. LSDresults in long-term changes in individual`s personality andperceptions about life. Some of the impacts of the drug includeimpairment of coordination and motor skills, fear, panic, anxiety,and loss of perception of distance and time. The drug also results innumbness and general muscular weakness (Doweiko,2014).

BothLSD and anabolic steroids are not addictive drugs. However, they havedifferent psychological and physiological impacts on the user. Whileanabolic steroids enhance muscularity and performance of the body,LSD results in numbness and loss of muscular strength. Consequently,the secondary impacts are different. For example, anabolic steroidresults into aggressive behaviors while LSD results in motor skillsimpairment (Doweiko,2014).

References

Doweiko,H. (2014). Conceptsof Chemical Dependency.Stanford CT: Cengage Learning.