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Morphine is a narcotic analgesic. Morphine was first isolated from opium in 1805 by a German pharmacist, Wilhelm Sertürner.
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Cocaine's immediate physical effects include raised breathing rate, raised blood pressure and body temperature, and dilated pupils.
At intoxicating doses, alcohol can decrease heart rate, lower blood pressure and respiration rate, and result in decreased reflex responses and slower reaction times.
is the crudest form and also the least potent of the Opiates. Opium is the milky
latex fluid contained in the un-ripened seed pod of the opium poppy. As the
fluid is exposed to air, it hardens and turns black in color. This dried form
is typically smoked, but can also be eaten. Opium is grown mainly in Myanmar
(formerly Burma) and Afghanistan. Opium is highly addictive. Tolerance (the
need for higher and higher doses to maintain the same effect) and physical and
psychological dependence develop quickly.
Being of similar structure,
the opiate molecules occupy many of the same nerve-receptor sites and bring
on the same analgesic effect as the body's natural painkillers. Opiates first
produce a feeling of pleasure and euphoria, but with their continued use the
body demands larger amounts to reach the same sense of well-being.
Opium side effects include
but are not limited to:
- respiratory complications
- low blood pressure
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