Bath salts are a sub-culture of designer drugs. The name comes from cases where the medications were disguised as so-called "dead sea salts." The white powdered flakes, beads, or granules often look like Epsom salts, yet differ in chemical composition. These products are marketed by many companies and sold in stores all over the world.
Bath salts are chemically related to salt, making it an alkaloid that has been processed to become a soluble-soluble substance. As with other natural salts, they have a base composed primarily of water and carbon dioxide, an added chemical component that makes them insoluble is either an organic or inorganic compound that produces a negative electrical charge. The negative electrical charge makes them soluble in water.
A bath salt is considered an alkaloid salt when it has an acid content, usually greater than or equal to one half its molecular weight, and an alkalinity value greater than one hundred five percent. A salt with a negative electrical charge, which is also called an aqueous base, is a soluble and insoluble solution.
Most salts come in a crystal or granular form, and the salts are generally classified into two types. There are "pseudo salts" that contain no natural chemicals and "natural salts" that have all-natural chemicals in them.
Most bath salts contain calcium, sodium, potassium, and magnesium. They contain trace amounts of hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen, and may include trace amounts of manganese, copper, bromine, sulfur, and nitrogen. These elements are usually obtained from seawater. They are then chemically altered to produce the unique properties that make them desirable for their use in personal care products such as shampoos, conditioners, face washes, and lotions.
In addition to their therapeutic use, bath salts from dead sea salt can also be used as recreational substances. Some people use them as a substitute for cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol. The main difference between the two is that cocaine and marijuana contain highly addictive substances and may result in physical dependence, while bath salts do not.
Some bath salt products contain stimulants, which produce a sense of euphoria and increased energy. These products can be used in combination with other medications to induce a state of euphoria or intoxication. There are also a variety of other synthetic substances used in these products, including ammonia, sodium nitrous oxide, and ephedrine. Some bath salt products are made with herbs and plants that produce a stimulantioxidant effect.
Because bath salts produce a state of euphoria in users, some people believe that they should be avoided by people who suffer from depression or anxiety. Although some individuals experience a feeling of elation after taking these products, these feelings are often temporary, especially if the person taking the bath salt is intoxicated. Other people use bath salt products to relax and de-stress. The euphoric effects of bath salts can be addictive, however, because the substance makes it difficult for individuals to stop using the product without experiencing another "high." Also, some people use bath salt as an alternative to alcohol, tobacco, and other substances that are habit-forming.
There are some health risks associated with the use of bath salt. Some researchers suggest that these products can be carcinogenic (cancer-causing), since they may cause oxidative stress to the cells in the skin and body. Some individuals have had a condition called "hydroxymetabolism syndrome" after taking bath salt treatments. This condition can be life-threatening if it does not treat the underlying problems.
Other chemicals in the bath salt can irritate the lining of the stomach and intestines, causing abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Although the symptoms are rare, some individuals may experience allergic reactions to the chemicals in the salt. People who are severely allergic to chemicals in bath salts should avoid using these products. These chemicals can also have an effect on pregnancy.
Because of the addictive potential of bath salt, many individuals use these products to replace substance abuse or addiction. These products have also become a popular replacement for cigarettes and alcohol. People who smoke cigarettes or use other illegal drugs can benefit from bath salt in the same way that individuals who have substance addictions can benefit from them. Bath salts can also help reduce the symptoms of withdrawal when these substances are stopped abruptly.
A few people swear by the therapeutic benefits of bath salt. Although some research has been conducted to support the claims of the therapeutic and recreational benefits of these products, most of the studies on the benefits of bath salts have not been published in peer-reviewed journals. The best evidence indicates that using these products can actually lead to some degree of improvement in health. The best advice is to be cautious and consult your doctor before trying any type of treatment, especially if you have a medical condition.