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“Bath salts” (also known as synthetic cathinones) are man-made designer drugs that produce both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects.
While these drugs are often sold as white crystalline powders that resemble conventional bath salts sold for hygienic purposes, these two very different products should not be confused.
Also known as: bath powder, Meph, drone, 4-MMC, MCAT, MMCAT, bubbles, Magic, meow, meow-meow, miaow, miaow-miaow, plant food, plant feeder, insect repellent, vacuum freshener, natural stain remover, potpourri, research chemicals, sub-coca, crab, methylamino, rush, Ivory Wave, Purple Wave, Red Dove, Blue Silk, Zoom, Bloom, Vanilla Sky, White Lightening, Cloud Nine (9), Blizzard, Ocean Snow, Scarface, Hurricane Charlie, Fine China, Silverback, Blue Magic, and Heavenly Soak
Bath salts” are produced in illegal laboratories. “Bath salts” products seized in Canada have been found to contain one or more of the following substances: methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone, methylone, flephedrone, ethylcathinone and others.
“Bath salts” are sold as capsules, tablets, or white crystalline powder. The powder can be snorted, wrapped in cigarette paper and swallowed (“bombing”), dissolved in liquid and swallowed, or dissolved in liquid and injected.
Effects are usually felt within minutes to an hour after consuming “Bath Salts” and can last for several hours. They can include:
- Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain or chest pressure
- High blood pressure
- Decreased blood circulation and painful white or blue extremities
- Blurry vision
- Profuse sweating and unusual body odour
- Nausea and vomiting
- Decreased appetite
- Increased alertness
- Euphoria, excitement, openness, chattiness
- Extreme anxiety
- Extreme agitation
- Skin rashes/serious skin infections
- Irritation/bleeding of the nose, mouth, or throat
- Muscle twitching/convulsions