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Legal highs - January 15th 2013, 06:29 PM

Anyone tried any legal alternatives to everyone's favorite herb?

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Kava Kava: Interesting, body high similar to marijuana but less intense. Mental calmness not experienced with MJ

Valerian: Good sedative, not as potent as Xanax or benzodiazepines

St. John's Wort: Probably a great SSRI alternative, helped a lot with Effexor withdrawal. Needs to be taken multiple times per day.



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Re: Legal highs - January 16th 2013, 12:33 PM

Nope, I tend to stay away from these. Lots of legal and even "natural" substances can be just as dangerous as illegal drugs when mixed with pharmaceuticals. A great example of this is St John's Wort. Lots of people will take this in conjunction with their prescribed antidepressants because they feel it gives them that extra little boost to get over that emotional wall, and a lot of people end up being fine. However it greatly increases your risk for certain possibly life threatening conditions such as serotonin syndrome.
As such I just shy away from anything my doctor hasn't specifically told me I could take. So nope I have not tried any of the mentioned substances


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Re: Legal highs - January 16th 2013, 02:49 PM

Yeah I don't recommend taking herbals in conjunction with prescriptions, but in lieu of them.



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Re: Legal highs - January 16th 2013, 06:36 PM

If I need a boost I drink good old caffeine and stay away from all of that other stuff. Even the legal stuff can have weird crazy side effects, for me, it’s just best to stick with what I know works, like a cup of coffee in the morning.




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Re: Legal highs - January 17th 2013, 08:46 PM

Lol that works, sometimes. FTR I don't recommend the drugs that are only legal because they're too new or obscure to have been made illegal, like K2 or bath salts. More like the age-old herbal medicines.



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Re: Legal highs - January 25th 2013, 03:50 AM

Kratom is an amazing alternative to marijuana. It's more of a body high, but you still get the calming effects as well. It comes in capsules and in loose form. Best part: All natural and completely legal
   
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