Natural stimulants are often mistakenly believed to be safe because they are “all natural.” Unfortunately, many natural stimulants equally as dangerous for the user as synthetic stimulants or those which are derived or created in a lab. It’s important to use caution when taking stimulants, whether they are synthetic or natural as there are a number of potential risks and serious side effects which may occur when stimulant use spirals out of control.
What are Natural Stimulants?
Natural stimulants are types of stimulants that produce increased energy, reduced appetite or improved mental focus and clarity naturally. The most common natural stimulants include caffeine, cocaine and nicotine but many other natural stimulants also exist. Most of the stimulants are roots, herbs or foods such as:
- Gotu Kula
- B Vitamins
- Coconut Oil
Some of these natural herbs, roots and extracts can be taken safely to help induce weight loss or improved mental clarity but such use should be carefully considered. Even natural stimulants have the potential to cause dependence and serious side effects which should not be overlooked or taken lightly.
Are Natural Stimulants Addictive?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is “yes.” Natural stimulants are addictive when they are taken repeatedly or for a prolonged period of time. Cocaine, a highly illegal stimulant, has the potential to cause a wide range of psychological dependence issues including psychosis, cravings, depression, anxiety and irritability. Natural stimulants such as cocaine, nicotine and caffeine are moderately addictive. Many others, such a Taurine or Guarana are mildly addictive if they are not heavily abused.
Effects of Natural Stimulants
According to the US National Library of Medicine, the effects of natural stimulants range from mild increases in energy or activity to moderate increases in heart rate. Using any stimulant, natural or synthetic, legal or illegal, can lead to serious side effects. When the user is exposed to the stimulating effects of a drug, he or she may experience adverse effects such as heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, paranoia, anxiety or other problems.
Dangers of Natural Stimulants
The most dangerous natural stimulant is cocaine. Likewise, if a user takes a high dose of nicotine or caffeine there are many potential dangers. The dangers of natural stimulants may be seemingly minute compared to certain synthetic stimulants but this doesn’t make these drugs any safer really. A user could suffer from an immediate heart attack, there could be a stroke or there could be other serious side effects that may occur.
People who mistakenly think that it’s safe to take stimulants that are natural are at an increased risk of serious consequences including addiction. Repeat use of stimulants on a regular basis, no matter what type of stimulant it is, can lead to an increased tolerance to the substance and could lead to overdose. While it may take large amounts of the stimulant to produce overdose, especially with caffeine or nicotine, the risk of such overdose occurring increases the longer a user takes the drug or the more often he or she abuses the drug.
The only safe use of stimulants is in extreme moderation or to avoid such use all together. While it may seem like a good idea to take something that’s natural rather than to attempt to use a drug that is not natural, there are still many dangers present with such substance abuse.