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Psychoactive Drugs Psychoactive- changes brain chemistry and function, psychoactive drugs alter the consciousness or experience. Cocaine- is a psychoactive drug, lowers brain function response Sources- o natural- plants, and fungi o available through out history o dosage can vary o synthetic- o made in the lab, o recently available o designed to be very potent Definition: Drug: Any chemical other than food, which is intended to affect the structure or function of the body. Legality & Safety- What a drug does to the body, for good, or ill, has nothing to do with its legality. Caffeine - coffee, tea, and chocolate are classified as foods although they contain the (biologically speaking) a psychoactive drug called caffeine. : o Medicinal- opiates as painkillers o Religious- native Americans and peyote, a ceremonial tobacco. o Social- social drinking of alcohol, Vikings and psilocybin o Recreational- getting high on ecstasy U.S.A-
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2010 for the course BIOL 10 at San Jose State University .

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