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Bath salts are a popular group of designer drugs used by people from all walks of life. The name is derived from the occasions in which these drugs were supposedly disguised as bath salts. The bath salts, white powders, or flakes often look very similar to Epsom salts, although they differ chemically. These bath salts can also be called Dead Sea salts or just salts.

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This synthetic chemical compounds come from numerous sources and derive from over four hundred different chemical compounds. Most of these compounds derive from either lye or sodium hydroxide. In addition to Dead Sea salts, chemical compounds such as this bath salts can also be made from glycerin and from fatty acids. It should be noted that cathinones, which are closely related to amphetamines, are not bath salts, despite what some may believe.

Many individuals use bath salt in their bath salts to cover up the effects of paranoia, anxiety, and other addictive substances they may have acquired over time. It should be noted that even if a bath salt user experiences these types of symptoms, they are still experiencing an addictive substance in the artificial chemical compound. Therefore, while the synthetic cathinones bath salt reduces the negative side of the addicting substance in the user, it does not necessarily make the person stop using the bath salt or their addictive substances any faster. Some individuals believe that the bath salt reduces the severity of the symptoms of withdrawal symptoms. While it may temporarily suppress some withdrawal symptoms and increase the likelihood of successful detoxification, it is important to note that the bath salt has nothing to do with how quickly a person can be rid of their addictive substances.

Many people also use bath salts as a type of a self-medication for their mental health problems, especially when they have serious psychotic disorders such as delusions and hallucinations. For example, many schizophrenics have been known to take bath salts to feel better and counteract the effects of psychosis. While it is possible that the synthetic cathinone affects the schizophrenic’s mental health, the correlation between the two is purely anecdotal.

Psychotic disorders can lead to hallucinations as well. Individuals with delusional behaviors, such as schizophrenia, are at higher risk of developing hallucinations after taking bath salts. It is unclear as to why bath salts side effects lead to hallucinations, but it is suspected that the hallucinations are caused by the elevated heart rate and blood pressure that occurs during the detoxification process. Individuals who suffer from hallucinations and delusions often report feelings of being “out of one’s mind.”

Other bath salts side effects include irritability, anxiety, paranoia, depression, and other psychological symptoms that mirror those of narcotic addiction. However, it has been found that the synthetic cathinones in these products are often chemically similar to the human neurotransmitter, dopamine. Therefore, individuals suffering from depression and other psychological disorders often take the synthetic cathinones to “self-medicate” for their symptoms.

When individuals begin to experience euphoria or “highs,” as they sometimes call them, they often mix bath salts in with their drinks. This combination of ingredients can raise the heart rate to unhealthy levels. High blood pressure is a common reason why someone may have hallucinations while using bath salts. When the high blood pressure rises, the metabolic rate increases, and the body responds to the increased metabolic rate by increasing the heart rate. At the same time, the brain’s processing center senses that there is an imbalance in the chemicals and initiates the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and epinephrine into the synapses.

At this point, the body must take action to supply the necessary chemicals to counteract the influx of neurotransmitters. Unfortunately, bath salts are not like the vitamins and minerals that we take in on a daily basis, and so the body must go into survival mode. The survival mode begins by flooding the body with toxins in order to flush out the abnormally high levels of neurotransmitters. Unfortunately, this often results in the body being in survival mode too long and the bath salts cause dead tissue to grow in large numbers, which in turn causes the dead tissue to become trapped within the pores of the skin and suffocate causing the person to suffer from a myriad of fatal consequences.