If you know your kids have never been that into a luxurious bath, when you start hearing talk of “bath salts” you may suspect something fishy is up. What exactly are these “bath salts” they are talking about?
The term “bath salts” refers to an emerging family of drugs containing one or more synthetic chemicals that are normally found naturally in the Khat plant. The main psychoactive ingredients in Khat are cathine and cathinone, chemicals that are structurally similar to, but less potent than, amphetamine; yet result in similar psychomotor stimulant effects.
(1) Cathinone is a Schedule I stimulant under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that it has a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
(2) Reports of severe intoxication and dangerous health effects associated with use of bath salts have made these drugs a serious and growing public health and safety issue. Some bath salts users experience paranoia, agitation, and hallucinatory delirium; some even display psychotic and violent behavior, and deaths have been reported in several instances.
These are bath salts in name only! These synthetic cathinone products are merely marketed as “bath salts” to evade detection by authorities. These should not be confused with products such as Epsom salts that are sold to improve the experience of bathing. The latter have no psychoactive (drug-like) properties.
Bath salts typically take the form of a white or brown crystalline powder and are sold in small plastic or foil packages labeled “not for human consumption.” Sometimes also marketed as “plant food”—or, more recently, as “jewelry cleaner” or “phone screen cleaner”—they are sold online and in drug paraphernalia stores under a variety of brand names, such as “Ivory Wave,” “Bloom,” “Cloud Nine,” “Lunar Wave,” “Vanilla Sky,” “White Lightning,” and “Scarface.” (3)
Morningside Recovery’s labs currently target 11 man-made derivatives of Cathiones and their metabolites, and in our effort to stay abreast of the current trends; our labs are adding more as they are discovered!