Bath Salts: Six Myths Dispelled

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If you had thought that bizarre, bath salts-related news would have subsided by now, you certainly would have thought wrong: Bath salts-dealing gangs are apparently a thing in Muncie, Indiana; Cops found a Utica man, reportedly under the influence of bath salts, hiding on the roof of his girlfriend's house; another bath salts-high Upstate man, discovered "covered in blood" by a deputy, tried to break his neighbor's door down with a broom; also, they are suspected in the case of a Missouri woman who recently bit her neighbor.

While we have made the case that bath salts are one of the drugs you should never, ever try, we still think it's our job to clear up some of the misinformation out there. That said, here are six myths about bath salts.

6. Bath Salts Are Cooked Up in Labs, Like Meth!

The bath salts supply chain doesn't much reflect an episode of Breaking Bad, nor your other run-of-the-mill stereotypes about American meth. Instead of coming from a lye and gasoline-soaked trailer lab in Missouri, for example, the ones on U.S. streets are made in China or Europe. But cops worry that crackdowns will prompt kitchen chemists to go the meth route and set up home-grown factories.

5. Bath Salts Are New

The active ingredients commonly found in bath salts -- methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone, pyrovalerone, and methylone -- originated in 1920s France, where a chemist is said to have synthesized the first bath salts-like drug. However, some accounts claim that methylenedioxypyrovalerone was first cooked up in the U.S. in 1969. Whatever the case, they've been around for awhile, though their recreational use appears to have picked up significantly in 2004. This might be attributed to the work of a charlatan chemist, who reportedly published the recipe on a website at that time.

4. Bath Salts Are The Things You Put in a Bath

Don't laugh! The product's Coen Brothers-esque naming seems to throw off a lot of people. As the San Francisco Weekly reported, so many are confused about whether bath salts are cannibal-making drugs or for bathing that the San Francisco Bath Salt Company had to publicly set the record straight and explain the difference between the two. "The only 'highs' that you can achieve from our bath salts are the feelings of rejuvenation and relaxation," the company's president said. "If anything, someone getting high off these 'bath salt drugs' might need our bath salts to counteract the effects of the drug...and I assure you one thing: Our bath salts won't turn you into a zombie."

3. Bath Salts Were Never Used Medicinally

At one point in time, bath salts were used to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and as appetite suppressants. However, our research doesn't seem to indicate current therapeutic use.

2. Bath Salts Are Easy To Get

OK, so this might depend on how you define "easy," but some media reports make it seem as if bath salts are in every bodega and head shop across America, which simply does not seem true. While there are surely stores which do sell bath salts marketed under other names such as "herbal incense" or "plant food," anecdotal evidence and our own reporting suggest that they're not as "absurdly" ubiquitous as some claim.

1. Bath Salts Are An Epidemic

Bath salts are a horrible, horrible drug, but they're not poised to ruin the country quite yet. Right now, stats indicate that prescription opiate abuse is a far bigger problem, with oxycodone surpassing car crashes as the top cause of accidental death.

Info from: Forbes, Business Insider, Reuters

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cultofmirrors
cultofmirrors

Whoa, I didn't know my comment would post such large pictures.  Didn't mean to take up so much space.  Thank you.

Jason
Jason

I see the voice reads alt variety too.

rosichevan
rosichevan

I actually learned a couple things from this article, I knew about the 1969 u.s. discovery of MDPV, but i had no clue about the 1920 discovery, I wonder if back then they were a little more unstable/dangerous, or maybe better/safer? either way this drug has been downed and called a "terrible drug" in fact its pretty nice, and can be very safe. I've been doing them for a while, not often at all now, due to getting a job, but for a while i did rc's like MDPV and Mephedrone almost every other day.

 

They are considered "dangerous" mainly because no one has come out and explained how to responsibly use them. It takes self control, and responsibility to safely use these substances, much like alcohol, and pharmaceuticals. Some affect you a lot like cocaine, some more like MDMA.  If you take very small doses at a time, and space them out by at least 2 hours or so, you will be completely fine. kinda like drinking, if you have a bunch of long island iced-t's really quick, because they taste good, you can get very sick (alcohol poisoning), and possibly die. (it happened to me when i was about 17,  i got lucky, and its what made me dislike alcohol). Since i no longer consumed alcohol, i felt i needed to find another group of people to hangout with. And i found the rave culture. They have strong beliefs about P.L.U.R (peace love unity respect), and the drugs really go a long with it in many ways. These are the legitimate effects of bath salts:

 

http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/mdpv/mdpv_effects.shtml

 

I believe that many of the negative effects are cancelled out by the strong positives, such as the mental and physical stimulation, would most likely cancel out the muscle spasms, etc.  Although the more you do, the more the effects will hit you, thats how i learned to do small amounts (maybe 25mg) every couple hours, instead of doing like 200mg at once like some people (including me) have done. The after effects, are mainly restlessness, insomnia, and anxiety, they can be made a lot better by doing small amounts throughout a period of time. I personally think it's better than the crappy hungover feeling from drinking the night before. So i guess the point of my rambling is that before you agree to make bath salts illegal, strongly consider making alcohol illegal too. Or make all recreational drugs legal, so that our "freedom" can actually have a little more meaning. I strongly believe in enforcing reckless drug use, and public intoxication laws, but what we do in the privacy of our homes should not matter as long as you are not putting others at risk. Besides, alcohol's legal, and it's the most dangerous substance next to pharmaceuticals in my opinion. It's all about responsibility. Dang, i really went on for awhile about this subject, i suppose i feel strongly about making people realize that the bigger problems come out of liquor stores, and pharmacies. And i wanted to spread the word about safer methods of using these drugs, because i believe not knowing how much to take is responsible for a lot of the bad stuff that has come from them. Oh and if you have serious medical conditions, especially of the heart, it's probably best if you steer clear of these chemicals. 

 

My apologies for this being so long and drawn out.

But thanks if you actually read all of this. :)

 

rosichevan
rosichevan

By the way I kind of guessed on the dosage numbers, its probably more like 10mg every couple of hours. And i actually probably only have done 100mg at one time tops. i don't recommend it, stick with the small dosages, if you are looking to try this substance. 

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