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. Read the DrugFacts
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NIDA. (2014, December 13). Synthetic Cathinones (Bath Salts). Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/synthetic-cathinones-bath-salts
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