Science 11 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Trip on Bath Salts  

Jacob Shelton
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Don't let the name fool you: bath salts are not always a relaxing addition to a bathroom routine. Outlawed nationwide in 2012, bath salts are a drug that seriously messes with your brain.

What exactly does being on bath salts feel like? Because of the various chemical compositions of all the different versions of bath salts, there’s not a “standard” high. Typically, though, doing bath salts makes you see hallucinations, act erratically and can even set you off into a murderous rage.

Whatever mediocre high you get from bath salts probably isn’t worth it once you find out what’s going to happen to your body. Taking bath salts makes you do crazy things, it makes you feel like you're out of your mind and sometimes it can have fatal effects. 

Some People Have Hallucinations

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Some people who have taken bath salts reported they experienced insane hallucinations while high. Some report strange figures, disembodied voices, and evil spirits after using the drug. The hallucinations often prompt users to attack people - sometimes fatally. 

One user describes their hallucinogenic trip with bath salts as such:

"After I had finished off the gram, which was at the three day point, I started having very vivid hallucinations of people being in my house who refused to leave. These people were characters from the TV show Oz, in particular Vern Schillinger and his son Hank. Anyone who has seen the show will know what kind of guy this is, and what kind of mocking smile he has. I was extremely frightened and panicked."

Psychosis - And Paranoia - Is Only a Hit Away

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Aside from life-threatening adrenaline rushes and possible hallucinations, one of the scariest side effects of taking bath salts is the psychosis. A mental disorder coupled with a drug overloading the pleasure centers of your brain is a recipe for a bad time. Paranoia is one of the most common experiences for someone using bath salts. 

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a 19-year-old woman was taken to her local emergency room after refusing to eat for two days. She believed her family was poisoning her food because they wanted to kill her. She reported auditory and visual hallucination, and when she initially arrived at the hospital, she was "yelling, using abusive language, and threatening staff."

During an interview with doctors the young woman admitted to a seven-day binge of snorting Ivory Wave, a popular brand of bath salts, purchased from a local head shop. She was admitted and managed, on treatment with olanzapine and lorazepam, to calm down.

It Causes Your Body Temperature to Rise Dramatically

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Bath salts causes body temperature to change rapidly and to dangerous levels. Users report their temperature rising up to 107 degrees - far higher than the normal body temperature of 98.6 degrees. These spikes in temperature overload the body, and those experiencing the heat are known to rip off all their clothes to cool down.

This happens because the brain can't regulate temperature on bath salts. Like ecstasy,  the drug cuts off those hardwired alarms in your brain, which is why you see a lot of people who are taking MDMA, as well as bath salts, drinking a lot of water.

Extreme heat can causes some of the body's vital organs, such as the kidneys, to shut down. 

The Neurons in Your Brain Are Set on Fire

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MDPV, or Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, is one of the main ingredients of bath salts, and it's structured similarly MDMA and meth. It prevents the brain from draining excess dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. And when that happens, your brains neurons start firing off like crazy, unable to shut themselves down. This can cause seizures and bizarre behavior, and it can continue for days. In severe cases, MDPV can cause strokes, uncontrollable vomiting and even put you in a coma.