The Medical Guide


Medical Terms and Glossary

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Benzos If possessed without a prescription or supplied illegally, classified as Class C Drug.
Relieves anxiety and tension. Calms users and slows them down. High doses can make users drowsy and forgetful. Dangerous mixed with alcohol or other drugs.
Regular use can damage short term memory and reduce energy. Almost all tranquillisers are addictive. Withdrawal symptoms include depression, insomnia and panic attacks.
Blow All Cannabis, including Oil, Resin and Grass are Class C Drug.
Impairs ability to concentrate and conduct complex tasks. Can lead to tiredness and lack of motivation.
Regular heavy use can lead to development or worsening of mental health problems including paranoia.
Smoked with tobacco, it increases health risks associated with tobacco use and can lead to nicotine addiction. Very heavy use can lead to withdrawal symptoms.
Botulism Botulism is caused by botulinum toxin, which is a poison produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In most cases, the symptoms are caused not by the organism itself, but by eating or breathing in the toxin.
Botulism cannot be caught from an infected person. Symptoms often begin with blurred vision and difficulty in swallowing and speaking, but diarrhoea and vomiting can also occur.
The disease can go on to problems with vision, and paralysis. Most cases will recover, but the recovery period can be many months. The disease can be fatal in 5-10% of cases; death is due to respiratory failure.
Antitoxin is available which acts as an 'antidote' against the toxin; it must be given as soon as possible for best results.
Bromo Class A Drug
The drug can cause hallucinations similar to that of LSD. Taking 2CB can induce panic attacks.
Regular use may lead to feelings of anxiety, disorientation and extreme tiredness.
Users may become prone to depression and in some cases individuals may experience psychotic syndromes, visual illusions and depersonalisation.
Butyl nitrite Prescription-only medicine.
Headaches, nausea, and bulging eyes. If spilled it can burn the skin and may be fatal if swallowed. People with anaemia, glaucoma and breathing or heart problems are most at risk.
Regular use can lead to tolerance (greater amount needed to produce same effect) and an increase in risks listed above.

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