Bath salts are a popular group of designer drugs. The name is derived from instances where the drugs were disguised as bath salts in public settings. They can also be called bathtub salts, bath beads, bath teas, and bath rocks. They come in various forms, including powders, liquids, crystals, strips, and so on. The bath salts can help relieve stress and provide relaxation, some even say that they can help fight off flu and colds.
The bath salts may contain any number of substances, and some plants, herbs, or minerals are mixed in with the bath water to make them more appealing. The substances used to make the bath salts may be anything from lavender, jasmine, or lavender essential oils, to lemon, cinnamon, and peppermint. However, the white powdery substance you see floating in your bathwater may actually be bath salts. The powdery substance is actually bath salts, and these bath salts may have been created from substances found in the bath water or even in a bath salts jar.
The bath salts can also come in bottles. The bottles themselves can be filled with other substances or just water. Sometimes, the bottles are labeled as bath salts, but they are actually synthetic stimulants, such as gums, candy, and even cigarettes, which are disguised to look like bath salts. Other bath salts may just be common kitchen ingredients, such as baking soda. In fact, bath salts have become so popular that there are entire stores dedicated to selling these products. Although bath salts were once associated with use by celebrities in clubs or trendy hangouts, they have since spread out into public consumption.
The bath salts in question here are 25i-NBome. This particular bath salt is very closely related to Benzodiazepines, which are also known as tranquilizers and recreational drugs. While not directly addictive in nature, 25i-NBome has been shown to mimic the effects of the illicit drug, bath salts in that users report similar euphoric effects when using the product.
Not all bath salts contain this substance, but it has been linked to high levels of dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for hallucinations, anxiety, and sleep, among other things. Because of the close relationship bath salt has to benzodiazepines, it is possible that abusers will experience strong doses of the substance and develop strong, prolonged symptoms of addiction. 25i-NBome creates these strong levels of dopamine when its user takes the substance. The user will likely experience paranoia, nausea, and extreme euphoria as a result.
Bath salts mimic alcohol in that many people who consume them will also consume other drugs. Unfortunately, bath salts have not been fully tested as to their addiction potential, although the substances themselves are not generally abused by any means. They can still lead to an addiction if a bath salt user were to take them on a regular basis. For example, a bath salt user who took two bath salts per day could develop an addiction. Addiction can also be developed when bath salts are taken in conjunction with other drugs.
While bath salts are widely used across the United States, Canada, and Europe, they are not considered to be legal in the United States. Despite this lack of regulation, bath salts are still sold widely in bath stores and online. Many states have attempted to curb the sale of bath salts via the use of labeling laws or by prohibiting retailers from selling them altogether. Efforts to ban the sale of synthetic cathinones have largely been unsuccessful, however. While bath salts still remain legal in most places, the sale and distribution of bath salts have become illegal in several locations due to concerns about their addictiveness and misuse.
Synthetic cathinones are well known to produce sexual side effects in users. Users can experience erection problems, fatigue, and mood swings, among other things. Because bath salts contain Methyl Salicylate, a psychoactive substance, bath salts can be just as addictive as hard drugs like cocaine or ecstasy. Users need to be sure that they are never taking a bath salt that contains Methyl Salicylate, as these can prove very dangerous.