Bath salts are a recently developed category of designer bath pills. The name is derived from the clinical cases where the medications were disguised as bath salts. The bath salt, often white, powdery crystals, beads, or tiny granules often look like Epsom salts, however they differ chemically. They contain a combination of sodium and potassium chemicals which have been shown to help promote the health benefits of cleansing the body. Other substances that may be included with bath salt benefits include algae, botanicals, fragrance, caffeine, and other chemicals.
Many people who have ingested large amounts of bath salt are suddenly experiencing violent behavior and/or hallucinations. Most of the time the person who develops these symptoms has consumed large amounts of sea salt. The culprit is not always known but has been widely speculated that it may have something to do with the medication a person is taking. The symptoms of hallucinations and other behavioral changes can be extremely dangerous and cause a number of other problems such as drug addiction, depression, suicidal thoughts, and hallucinations.
Psychosis is a common problem for those who use bath salts. Unfortunately, bath salt usage has also been the source of numerous reported cases of mental health problems. Two sets of symptoms often occur when bath salt usage occurs in large quantities. One set of symptoms involves extreme paranoid thoughts, which can lead to hallucinations and delusions. This symptom may be present if the person taking bath salts is predisposed to developing psychosis. Another set of symptoms involves high blood pressure and other high risk factors for developing hypertension.
Ecstasy and bath salts are not the only two psychoactive bath salts that cause these symptoms. Bath salts have been linked to a number of different types of mental health problems. Among them are schizophrenia, hallucination, delusions, mania, hypochondria, agitation, irritability, panic attacks, social phobia, and major depression. When bath salts are used excessively or in large quantities over a long period of time, these individuals run the risk of developing one or more of these serious mental illnesses. If you suspect you are using bath salts that could be addicting you, please contact a medical professional right away for proper testing.
This new legislation is an attempt by the United States poison control centers to reduce bath salt use. This is part of a larger campaign to reduce the number of calls to poison centers for the treatment of people who have ingested dangerous household materials. Currently the most commonly tested substances are ephedra and pseudoephedra. The newest addition to the list is bath salts which have not been tested or approved for human consumption. According to the poison centers the bath salts are proving to be more addictive than other substances like ephedra and pseudoephedra.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Rehabilitation, bath salt misuse has many short-term side effects. These include depression, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, muscle spasms, diarrhea, nausea, seizures, flushing, hallucinations, tremors, headaches, and changes in blood pressure and heart rate. If these symptoms are displayed regularly for three or more months, it is considered a sign of possible bath salt misuse and may indicate psychosis. In order to be sure of the seriousness of the situation, emergency services should be called immediately.
Unfortunately, bath salt users may also experience long-term side effects that mimic those of methamphetamine or ecstasy. These include irritability, psychosis, depression, dementia, mania, agitation, violent behavior, auditory hallucinations, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney failure, liver disease, and osteoporosis. Unfortunately, long term exposure to these types of substances has been linked with several fatalities.
Although bath salts can cause a euphoric high similar to that produced by illegal drugs like ecstasy or of MDMA, they do not contain any illegal drug ingredients. Instead, these products are made with a combination of various chemical substances that are believed to work on the body to create a “high.” Although bath salts do not technically contain “bath salts,” these are often sold under this label because they contain various synthetic substances that mimic addiction. These substances have been linked with a number of different medical problems, including depression, psychosis, panic attacks, and dementia.