The Effect Psychoactive Drug Have on the Brain

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Research Paper – Psychoactive Drugs and Meditation

Yeaswantie Beekhoo

The American University of Peace Studies

Clinical Psychology

April 12, 2011

Psychoactive Drugs and Meditation


This paper focuses on the different types of Psychoactive Drugs both conventional, and medical. In addition, the effect these drugs have on the brain, nervous system and the mind of individual that are associated with the use, whether it is for pleasure or medical reasons. Some of the views express in this paper are of personal experiment and of observation of others person’s behavioral pattern that are under the influent of alcohol and medication. Combining personal experience with research is gives a deeper understanding of how the use of drugs can change one’s level of consciousness. The first part of this research paper focuses on psychoactive drugs; I will share my personal experience on the sensation of alcohol. The second half is on the different types of psychoactive drugs and the side effects. The third part will explain the changes that take please in the body and the effect it have on the brain and mind. The forth part is on meditation/ Yoga and the effect it has on the brain and mind. Meditation/Yoga is a form of medication treatment for the brain and mind. It also raises one’s consciousness level. Conclusion the different between meditation and medication;

Psychoactive Drugs

What is Psychoactive Drugs

A psychoactive drug is a chemical substance that alters the blood and brain chemistry. This result in hormone changes in the nervous system resulting in impulses action, heighten emotion and reactive behavior. In some instances, it races the level of consciousness, and awareness, and in other cases, it lowers the level of Consciousness and awareness. (GreenFacts' GreenFacts' Alcohol Study )

For Example:

Alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, amphetamines, ecstasy, and heroin are some of the...
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