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The most popular drugs found in American society today include Marijuana Phencyclidine Heroin Ecstasy and Cocaine Marijuana considered the softest drug on the market is made from dried leaves and flowering tops of the Indian hemp plant Cannabis sativa Its long term effects include the impairment of judgment comprehension reaction time memory speech problem-solving ability reaction time and driving skills Short-term effects include confusion acute panic attacks fear and sense of helplessness Heroin on the opposite end of the spectrum is one of the harder drugs available It is highly addictive and can lead to fatal overdose spontaneous abortion collapsed veins as well as HIVAIDS Cocaine is currently one of the most popular drugs used with an interesting history It began with use by South American Indians for over 2000 years The rest of the world started in the 1800s however due to the adverse effects on addicts it was restricted in 1906 and included in the Harrison Act of 1914 Although this reduced the use of cocaine for a time there was resurgence in the 1960s through the present The phases of cocaine include binging crashing and withdrawal Drugs in general have been popular since the beginning of time However specific drugs have become popular in different periods throughout society For example in the nineteenth century opium was at a high point in China In the 1940s research shows LSD was the trend with some doctors even treating patients with it Today designer drugs such as MDMA as well as marijuana are the drugs of choice Ayahuasca Ibogaine Peyote Mandrake and Cannabis are five drugs that are deeply intertwined within religion Ayahuasca is native to the Peruvian Amazon area and used in religion as a visionary tool during ceremonies Native Americans who believe it helps them communicate with spirits and nature use Peyote Cannabis used by the Rastafari claim it was found growing on the grave of King Solomon and cite
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