The times are changing, and there’s no doubt that drugs are changing with them. Only a few years ago, “synthetic drugs” (a.k.a. “designer drugs”) were limited to ecstasy and a handful of psychedelics. According to the UN’s Global Synthetic Drugs Assessment, there were 80 such drugs in 2008. Last year, that number had grown to 348. These drugs have caused some huge controversies. The “Miami Cannibal Attack” a few years ago was reported to involve “bath salts” (which turned out to be false). Now, a synthetic drug called “Cloud-9” has been linked to the hospitalizations of 6 teenagers.
There are a couple of drugs that go by this name. It’s the brand name of one strain of synthetic marijuana. However, the Cloud-9 (a.k.a. “Ivory Wave”) that has been making headlines is something else entirely. It’s part of the drugs that have been known as “bath salts”. Most bath salt drugs aren’t actually bath salts, but they’re called so because they look like the Epsom salts people use to take a relaxing soak. Ironically, Ivory Wave is actually sold as bath salts!
The Story of Cloud-9
Like most synthetic drugs, Cloud-9 is sold for purposes other than getting high. While some drugs are incense, this is bath salt. One way or another, drug users figured out that they could get high on it, and now we know why: chemical tests have revealed that it contains the substance methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), although it’s not listed on the ingredients.
What are the Effects of Cloud-9/MDPV?
MPDV is a cathionine, a class of drugs that have come to be known as “bath salts”. When taken it functions similarly to MDMA (ecstasy) and stimulants. Its desired effects include:
- Increased concentration
- Increased energy
- Sexual arousal
Unfortunately, not all the effects are desired. Some adverse effects include:
- Chest pains
- Emotional instability
- Heart problems
- Psychotic hallucinations
- Sore jaw
In addition to the physical and mental dangers, there’s also addiction. Cloud-9 is reported to be stronger than cocaine. Furthermore, it’s unregulated, as proven by the fact that you can buy it in department stores. And finally, it usually doesn’t show up on drug tests. With all this in mind, there’s no denying the danger that this new drug poses.
Wayne, Macomb County in MIchigan Ban Cloud-9
Officials have issued emergency orders to band Cloud-9 in Wayne and Macomb County in Michigan due to several hospitalizations in southeast Michigan. The emergency order prohibits retailers and individuals from selling Cloud-9 and similar synthetic drugs in the county due to the extreme health dangers associated with these kind of synthetic drugs.
Addiction Treatment for Cloud-9
If you are struggling with an addiction to Cloud 9 or other addictive bath salts, you should consider a specialized addiction treatment center like Water’s Edge Recovery in Florida. Our addiction treatment center has trained medical professionals that will help you detox from these addictive bath salts.
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