Bath salts are an array of designer therapeutic drugs manufactured and distributed by bath product manufacturers. The word bath salt originates from cases where the remedies were disguised as bath salts. The bath salts, white powders, or even crystals are similar to Epsom salts, yet differ chemically. Most bath salts sold in stores are simply labeled bath salts. The salts are made from various chemical compounds, some are fragrance-free bath salts while others have synthetic chemicals added to them.
Synthetic cathinones are popular bath salts containing a variety of ingredients including synthetic stimulants such as ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, and synthetic estrogen-like substances such as estratetra and methotrexate. These bath salts act similarly to the way marijuana works, a certain amount of the drug is ingested and the user becomes addicted. This type of bath salt creates a calming effect, although there’s no reported addiction associated with using bath salts. Nonetheless, users do report that after frequent use, their skin can become itchy and irritated, a common side effect of taking this type of bath salts.
Other bath salts are in the genre of bath salts with a distinct floral scent. Such bath salts contain relatively small amounts of synthetic drugs and synthetic herbal ingredients, whereas the floral scent bath salts are made by infusing real flowers, fruits, and plants into the bath salt. Often these products contain dangerous or illicit ingredients, such as cathinone, ephedrine, and other controlled substances. In addition, bath salts with flowers or plants are marketed as aromatherapy products, which may be a legitimate business opportunity but which also include bath salts that contain dangerous drugs and other toxic ingredients. These bath salts can cause serious health risks.
The two main ingredients found in bath salts that are potentially dangerous include cathinone and ephedrine. These two ingredients, particularly cathinone and ephedrine, can cause severe health problems if taken in high doses or for prolonged periods of time. There have been reports that death by taking too much of either chemical has actually been linked to the death of a person. There are also several cases of addiction to synthetic cathinones and ephedrine.
Most people mistakenly think that true bath salts are composed of just salt water and some form of plant fragrance. This type of bath product does exist, however it doesn’t come from the earth. True bath salts are actually manufactured synthetically using mixtures of baking soda and various elements. Common elements used in making bath additives include sodium bicarbonate, potassium oxide, and various sodium silicates. Many commercial ingredients are added to achieve a variety of different effects. Some common additives include vanilla, lemongrass, and additional plant fragrances.
Some bath salts contain synthetic cathinones, which are primarily used as performance enhancing drugs in professional sports. While cathinones can be considered recreational drugs, there are serious concerns that they can lead to liver cancer and even end-stage kidney failure. The synthetic cathinones commonly used by bath salts manufacturers usually come from Indonesia, Thailand, and Mexico. Some other popular synthetic cathinones commonly used in bath products include ephedrine and ephedrine.
Mephedrone has become well known as ‘bath salts’ because of the appearance of these products on television over the last couple of years. These drugs have been heavily marketed online and in clubs. Mephedrone is considered a designer drug, because it closely resembles the appearance of bath salts but has a number of different unique characteristics. Mephedrone is a powerful stimulant, and it can produce immediate euphoria, energy, and sensations of euphoria when injected, or smoked. Unfortunately, these effects quickly wear off once it reaches the blood stream. Designer drugs are notorious for being abused, and a large number of users have turned to selling these designer drugs on the black market.
Because bath salts are made with bath salts chemical compounds, bath water should not be used to bathe with. Ingesting any chemical compounds in bath water can cause serious side effects. If you suspect that bath salt is being used as a recreational drug, you should consult your doctor. Your doctor can test you for any possible bath salt side effects, and he can recommend ways to safely use bath salts in your bath water.