Recreational drug use is the use of a drug without any medicinal reason other than to experience the effects of the drug. Such drug use is often considered to be drug abuse and is often illegal. In addition to legal drug use such as alcohol, tobacco and caffeine, recreational drug use covers the abuse of substances such as marijuana, cocaine, and other controlled substances.

Common Recreational Drugs

The most common recreational drug used is caffeine, which is legal across the world but forbidden in some religions. Alcohol and tobacco are also high on the list of common drugs used recreationally, which is legal but regulated in most countries. Alcohol is illegal in some countries and not consumed by members of some religions. Opiates such as morphine are used for pain relief in medicine, but abused by people who use it to achieve highs and out-of-body experiences.

Uppers and Downers

Uppers are stimulant drugs such as speed which increase activity and alertness by raising the heart-rate and blood pressure. Such drugs can be very dangerous when they are abused. If you develop a drug addiction, or even use the regularly, they can cause damage to the heart, lungs, and liver, and potentially be fatal. Downers are depressant drugs such as ketamine which can anaesthetise and slow down activity. Abuse of such drugs can be highly dangerous as they numb pain. These drugs can potentially leading to a loss of consciousness or coma if taken excessively.