Flakka Drug Information

November 11, 2016

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Is Flakka Harmful?

 

Flakka is as potent as methamphetamine, yet with an even higher propensity for addiction development in those who abuse this substance.

Flakka is a street drug with origins in South Florida. One of the newer chemicals in the booming category of synthetic or designer drugs, Flakka is typically made from a synthetic version of an amphetamine-like stimulant in the cathinone class called alpha-PVP.

Cathinones are chemicals derived from the khat plant originating in the Middle East and Somalia—where the leaves are frequently chewed for a euphoric buzz.

People who use Flakka can display cases of bizarre and uncontrollable behavior.

Though Flakka is a relatively new synthetic drug, data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have shown it to be as potent as methamphetamine, yet with an even higher propensity for addiction development in those who abuse it.

 

 


Short-Term Effects of Flakka

Similar to other stimulants, Flakka use results in a flood of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate the brain's reward and pleasure centers. Additionally, Flakka hinders the reuptake of this neurotransmitter by the brain cells, producing an intense feeling of euphoria.

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Similar to cocaine and amphetamines, short-term effects include:

  • Euphoric sensations.
  • Rapid heart rate and palpitations.
  • Increase in blood pressure.
  • Alertness.
  • Aggressive behavior.

The effects of the comedown from Flakka (the period when the drug leaves the body) include fatigue and depression.

This sensation often results in users returning to the drug to get rid of the negative comedown feeling, jump-starting a cycle of use that can lead to abuse. As tolerance to the drug develops, the user will require more and more Flakka to feel high, risking dangerous effects, overdose, and even death.

At high doses, Flakka can affect the body’s temperature; it will reach high temperatures and sometimes this extreme change can lead to muscle breakdown and subsequent kidney damage.

The immediate and long-term effects of Flakka can rival some of the strongest crystal meth and cocaine.

 


Long-Term Effects

Long-term effects are not yet published. Flakka is one of the more recent synthetic drugs and research into its effects isn't extensive. However, research that has been conducted has shown that the drug can be toxic to the kidneys and cause renal failure.

The unknown effects of Flakka have many alarmed about its use and popularity, as no one knows what exactly the drug can do to the body and brain in the long term.

 

The following video brings attention to the serious dangers of Flakka use, even for first-time users.

 

Flakka Dependence

Flakka dependence in humans is still being researched; scientists have shown that Flakka is as addictive as bath salts in rodent studies, however. Even after making the drug difficult for rats to obtain, they persisted in pushing a lever several times that administers the drug if they've failed to get it from the scientists first.

Flakka is believed to have similar addiction potential to bath salts and methamphetamine, two highly addictive stimulant substances.