scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 680
The Effects of Stimulants on Your ConsciousnessA stimulant is a drug that stimulates your body and mind activity Some of the most commonly used stimulants are caffeine cocaine amphetamines and Ecstasy MDMA methylenedioxyamphetamines Out of the above listed caffeine is the most widely used and has very mild side effects Caffeine is found in coffee teas soda and chocolate Since we all know a lot about caffeine I will not be discussing it However I will be covering my two personal favorites just joking cocaine and Ecstasy Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant derived from Coca leaf found in many South-American countries Cocaine can be injected smoked snorted taken orally or free-based Upon using the user receives an extremely euphoric feeling that usually lasts about a half-hour Cocaine-induced euphoria is precipitated by blocking the normal flow of the chemical messenger dopamine in the brain Dopamine is a neurotransmitter a chemical that carries messages from one nerve cell or neuron to another or from one functional section of the brain to another This neurotransmitter is associated with body movement awareness judgment motivation and pleasure Dopamine flows from neurons into the synapses or spaces between neurons to form a temporary link that serves to transmit signals between neurons Then normally after it has transmitted its signal to the neighboring neuron it vacates these spaces returning to the same neuron that released it in a recycling process called reuptake Dopamine moves from the synaptic gap back inside the neuron by attaching to transporter molecules on the neurons surface Cocaine however attaches to the same transporter binding sites as dopamine This means that when cocaine is introduceddopamine cannot bind to the dopamine transporter and is stranded in the synapses Thus cocaines blocking action leads to an increase of dopamine levels in the synapses that normally produce feelings of pleasure Cocaines action intensifies these feelings into euphoria Crystal meth-amphetamines is commonly known as the poor mans coke because it has
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA