What you need to know about ethnobotany

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Curiosity, terror, or fashion, the act of trying a substance you’ve heard makes you feel “different” can have serious consequences. There are many such substances that appear overnight and are not tested, so their effect on the body remains a big question mark. In addition, many of these substances are, in turn, a mixture of other drugs, in different concentrations, so that people who thought they were trying marijuana were actually smoking cannabis.

Here are some myths about ethnobotany:

The idea that everything natural does only good is wrong. The most powerful poisons are extracted from plants.

Here is the opinion of a doctor, more precisely, a

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: “Ethnobotanicals are more harmful than any other drug on the market, leading to psychotic symptoms, even schizophrenia, and because, being newly created, there are no tests to detect them. It is even easier to die from ethnobotanicals than from heroin, especially when it comes to those administered intravenously or with amphetamine content. If you don’t have a very strong heart, you have a high chance of death.”

It is true that, in the case of ethnobotanicals, physical dependence does not set in from the first dose, as it happens in the case of heroin, but over time it can appear. In addition, the consumer who has the impression that he has become accustomed to the respective substance may be tempted to try “stronger” products.

The reactions caused by soft drugs are unpredictable. Two people who consume the same substance have different manifestations, and for some, the effects can be dramatic, requiring emergency hospitalization. Moreover, although some are recommended as having pleasant effects on the body, a simple dosage mistake can turn them into toxic substances.