Drugs commonly found in the night life culture in South Africa. Read more about club drugs in South Africa and common club drug addictions.
The party culture and club scene have proliferated a myriad of ‘rave’ drugs. Many youngsters maintain that these drugs do no harm and are even healthy. Among the most popular party drugs are:
- Ecstasy (also called E, MDMA, X, E pills, STP, Adam) is both a hallucinogen and stimulant which is used to heighten energy levels and boost mood for all-nighters. Even once-off use can result in high fevers and induce seizures. Long-term side effects include damage to the brain’s ability to regulate emotions, sleep, memory and pain.
- GHB (also called blue nitro, G, Liquid XTC) was once sold at health stores. GHB’s effects depend on the dose and vary from gentle relaxation to coma or death. GHB is frequently used as a date-rape drug due to the fact that it has no colour, no taste and acts as a powerful sedative.
- Rohypnol (also called roche or roofies) is another sedative which has been used as a date-rape drug. Side effects include impaired memory, low blood pressure, confusion, dizziness and abdominal cramps.
- Ketamine (also called Special K, K) is an anaesthetic that can injected or taken orally. Also known as Ketalar, Ketamine can impair memory and attention. Larger doses result in paranoia, amnesia, hallucinations, difficulty breathing and depression.
- LSD (also called microdot or acid) and mushrooms (also called buttons, shrooms, peyote and magic mushrooms) was popular in the 1960s and has reemerged in the club scene. This drug can cause increased heart rate, hallucinations, numbness and nausea . Effects from long term use include disturbing “flashbacks” and psychosis (mood disturbances, paranoia, hallucinations and delusions).
- PCP (also known as love boat, hog, angel dust and lovie) is a very powerful anaesthetic used by vets. The effects of PCP are similar to those of ketamine, only stronger. The anaesthetising effects are so strong that you can break a limb and not experience any pain. Tobacco or marijuana cigarettes are usually dipped into PCP and then smoked.