How They Work

Ever wondered how these drugs work? Our understanding of how drugs work is drowing and changing all the times and this content represents our best interpretation of the current research. We welcome any contributions that adds to this information base, and encourage you to post comments regarding any research or knowledge that will assist in extending our understanding.
How They Work
Amphetamines

Amphetamines

Amphetamines are are a group of psychostimulant drugs which are known to produce increased wakefulness and focus in association with decreas
What are amphetamines Amphetamines are a group of chemicals based on the amphetamine molecule. Read on for more information.
How amphetamines work Amphetamines are psychostimulants. That is, they stimulate the central nervous system and basically speed us up.
Amphetamine effects People have described what amphetamines feel like in a variety of ways. Most of these can be traced back to the increase in dopamine (euphoria), noradrenaline (stimulation) and serotonin (closeness) release.
Ecstasy (MDMA)

Ecstasy (MDMA)

MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as Ecstasy) is a semisynthetic member of the amphetamine class of psychoactive drugs.
How MDMA works MDMA (Ecstasy) is classified as a psychostimulant. That is, it stimulates the central nervous system and basically speeds us up. MDMA also has other effects.
MDMA Effects The most predictable feelings experienced are empathy, openness, peace and caring. However, what people experience can vary from paranoia to sleep, depending greatly on other factors.
What is MDMA MDMA (3,4-methylene-dioxy-methamphetamine), also known as ‘Ecstasy’, is a semi-synthetic member of the amphetamine class of psychoactive drugs. Read on for more information.
Cocaine

Cocaine

Cocaine is derived from the coca plant grown in South America. It is most commonly seen in Australia as a white powder.
What is Cocaine Cocaine is derived from the leaves of the coca plant Erthoxylon coca which is native to the mountains of South America.
Cocaine Effects The following effects are a generalisation. It should be remembered that the effects of a substance vary between individuals.
How Cocaine works Cocaine affects the production, uptake and breaking down of three chemicals or neurotransmitters that naturally occur in the brain.