What is Mandrax (Methaqualone)?
Originally a product of Indian science – mandrax, also called Quaalude, ludes, buttons, press outs, andquas, quacks, soaps, and sopes was developed by biochemical researchers in the early 1950s. As a highly addictive sedative drug typically sold in the form of a tablet, mandrax allegedly gives its abuser a “rush,” or a feeling of euphoria.
Physical and mental dependency can be developed towards mandrax, and the drug often causes severe withdrawal symptoms when users attempt to abstain from it. Its addictive nature, derived from its active ingredient: Methaqualone, can cause serious emotional problems including depression, epilepsy, and delirium.
Interestingly, mandrax was originally prescribed as a treatment for insomnia or used as a sedative and muscle relaxant. Taking the form of a recreational drug only about a decade after its inception into the medical world, mandrax was quickly added to India’s list as another drug menace.
Only as much as 150-500 mg (not more than a therapeutic dose) can produce a sensual, euphoric state and a relaxed, intimate mood. This effect explains the drug’s popularity and potential for abuse.
But mandrax presents a number of serious threats to its user. After repeated doses or prolonged use, the drug can accumulate in the blood. It is highly addictive, and abrupt withdrawal, if not properly supervised, can cause death.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Methaqualone [mandrax] is particularly dangerous when consumed with alcohol. Coma and convulsions can result from acute ingestion of 2 grams of Methaqualone and death from 8 grams.”
Mandrax Use In India
Originally developed for medicinal purposes in India around 1950, mandrax was widely used as a recreational drug in India in the late 60s and early 70s. It is now more popular in South Africa and some parts of Europe.
It is produced in India, Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Swaziland, Mozambique, and South Africa.[ref]http://www.drugaware.co.za/mandrax.html[/ref]
Mandrax has a number of acute and potentially chronic effects on its abusers. The sedative drug’s key effects are listed below:
- Reduced heart rate
- Increased sexual arousal
- Parenthesis (numbness of the fingers and toes)
- Slurred speech
- Death through cardiac or respiratory arrest.
Helpful Mandrax Articles
- India may Become Hub of Global Drug Trade: http://www.rediff.com/news/slide-show/slide-show-1-india-may-become-hub-of-global-drug-trade/20110307.ht
- Mandrax: http://www.drugaware.co.za/mandrax.html
More drugs like Mandrax
Ecstasy What is Ecstasy? For Rs 1,200 per pill, Ecstasy remains a drug primarily abused by the upper class and by those "forced" to pay the high tab due to a developed addiction to the drug. Ecstasy is the street... Learn More
Crack Cocaine WHat is Crack Cocaine? Commonly referred to as crack, rock(s), sleet, base, cloud, hard ball, and nuggets, crack cocaine is the crystal form of pure cocaine, which is usually a white powder. Crack cocaine has a yellowish-white tint... Learn More
Brown Sugar What is Smack/Brown Sugar Drug? Brown sugar (an adulterated form of heroin), also called smack, junk, skag, dope, and chaw, is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from the morphine extracted from poppy plants. Pure heroin accounts for only 20%... Learn More
What is “Marijuana”? “Marijuana” also known as weed, ganja, pot is a derivative of Cannabis, a plant that can be easily found in the Americas. The basic of the herb derives from the fact that the plant grows in the... Learn More