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Psych Vocabulary Unit VII (Part III)

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Stimulants
drugs which excite neural activity and speed up body functions (such as caffeine, nicotine, cocaine, ecstasy, and powerful amphetamines
Depressants
drugs which reduce neural activity and slow body functions ( like alcohol, barbituates, opiates)
Opiates
opium and its derivatives (morphine and heroin); depress neural activity, temporarily lessening pain and anxiety
Barbituates
drugs that depress the activity of the central nervous system, reducing anxiety but impairing memory and judgement
Amphetamines
drugs that stimulate neural activity, causing faster body functions and associated energy and mood changes
Methamphetamine
a powerfully addictive drug that stimulates the central nervous system; faster body functions and mood/energy changes; appears to reduce baseline dopamine levels over time
Psychedelics
also known as hallucinogens; chemicals which alter perceptions and mood
Marijuana
a mild hallucinogen which can cause impaired memory, increased risk of psychological disorders, and lung damage
Alcohol
a depressant which lowers inhibitions, slows neural processing, disrupts memory formation, and reduces self-awareness
LSD
a powerful hallucinogenic drug commonly known as acid
MDMA
also known as ecstasy; a stimulant
Hallucinogens
Psychedelic drugs like LSD