This Ain’t Wocka Flocka — The Truth About The Drug Flakka

Alain Saint-Dic
Alain Saint-Dic, Health and Fitness Editor at 20something, brings over nine years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Though he studied pre-law, his love for the human body, it's adaptive ability and unlocking the largely untapped potential of human beings led him to pursue a passionate career in health, fitness, and athletics.

Do you guys remember the gruesome incident in which a crazed drugged out man chewed off another man’s face? Amidst all of the zombie movies and TV shows, it seemed like the zombie apocalypse was finally upon us, and one of the government’s trial humans had escaped its experimental confines. However, the real cause turned out to be a synthetic drug called “Bath Salts.” The synthetic cathinones in bath salts produced euphoria and increased sociability and sex drive, but some users experience paranoia, agitation, and hallucinatory delirium. Some even display psychotic and violent behavior. It was legal up until the point of the zombie incident, which received mass media coverage in 2012 and lead to the synthetic chemicals in bath salts to be placed on the list of banned substances.

The high will not be denied though, and another dangerous drug is climbing its way to popularity in the states of Florida and Texas. The drug known as Flakka is taking the year 2015 by storm, though it has been around for many years, and is apparently worse than bath salts.



Street Names: Flakka, Gravel

Main Ingredient: Alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone, Alpha-PVP

Regular Effects: euphoria, alertness, and desire to move around

Negative Effects: Paranoia, Occasional Rage, Hallucinations, Overheating in the Body, Nudity

How to: Snort, smoke, eat, or vape

Flakka is considered to be part of the amphetamine family, and the chase for the constant high can lead to seriously negative side effects. It’s a horror storiy with all the right elements. It’s cheap ( costing around $5), accessible, it causes feelings of euphoria and it’s synthetic. There are tons of videos online of Flakka’s adverse effects, most of them demonstrating erratic behavior and paranoia. The negative side effects usually only appear in high dosages but when something is this cheap, accessible and legal, dosage is a small matter of consideration. Just think $3 shots vs. $12 shots.

At the end of the day, drugs, like any food and alcohol, is done in extreme excess, can harm you. Not knowing the source of your DOC (Drug of Choice), or what’s actually in it, makes it more dangerous than alcohol. If the substance has the potential to throw you into fits of rage or has you chasing cars on the highway naked, you may want to reconsider your recreational activities. Once you’ve done harm to yourself and you pose the risk of harming others, the risks have vastly outweighed the benefits. If you want that major rush, go run a mile, get into a plane, take off,  jump out of that plane, then have sex upon landing. Mischief Managed, 20somethings.

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