Synthetic Cathinones (Bath Salts)

Synthetic cathinones, more commonly known as "bath salts," are human-made stimulants chemically related to cathinone, a substance found in the khat plant. Khat is a shrub grown in East Africa and southern Arabia, where some people chew its leaves for their mild stimulant effects. Human-made versions of cathinone can be much stronger than the natural product and, in some cases, very dangerous. Learn about the health effects of synthetic cathinones (bath salts) and read the DrugFacts.

Synthetic cathinones are made in labs and marketed as cheap substitutes for amphetamines and cocaine.

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