Being a college student who isn’t really sure of what path I want to take, I’ve been reading up on different careers and paths. One of the ones that I looked at is the pharmaceutical industry. Being in the socially-conscious, activist scene, my visceral reaction was negative. How could I join an industry that is “the Man”? Continue reading
To pass some of the extra time I have, I’ve been watching documentaries about drugs. I’ve heard of the usual suspects: heroin, cocaine, and meth. Something completely new to me was the new kid around the block called DMT or Dimethyltryptamine. It’s considered the strongest psychedelic in the world. I guess it’s more like the hipster of drugs. No one has really heard about it. Continue reading
I learned something interesting today:
The poster child for this is heroin. It was originally made as an alternative to morphine, with the aim of making something active but less addictive. That did not work out so well.
Source: Designer Drugs, Chemical Space.
I bumped into this article about the results of LSD on patients who were alcoholics. The gist of the results is that LSD helped with the alcoholism significantly. I find it pretty funny that using an illegal drug can solve the problem of people who abuse legal drugs (alcohol). And it seems like such a quick fix. You take a few micrograms of LSD annually and it rids your alcoholism. As far as I know, LSD is not addictive either. Seems like a good bargain.
We of course have an obvious problem. Continue reading
In chemistry, one of the things I find fascinating is the effect of drugs or stimulants on a person’s brain.
One of my favorite stimulants is caffeine. It’s in tea, coffee, chocolate, and soda. It also just happens to be that I love huge amounts of those four things. One day, after having (massive amounts of) soda, I noticed that my ears were ringing non-stop. For a while I thought it was just some annoying noise with an unknown source. But then it wouldn’t go away. I decided to look it up, just incase it wasn’t anything serious. Judge me. I used the internet to diagnose myself. Continue reading