Drug Properties & Law: Class B/C Drugs/Alcohol
Alcohol is seen by many as a more socially acceptable drug, but that’s not to say it is any less powerful than other drugs. Technically speaking, it is a nervous system depressant, which means it slows down your body's responses in all kinds of ways. In small doses it will make you feel high, a high dose over along period it has proven itself to be the most catastrophic drug of all. Slang: booze, bevy, grog, paul weller’s.
Under 5 – It’s illegal to give an alcoholic drink to a child under 5 except in certain circumstances (e.g. under medical supervision).
Under 14 - A person under 14 can't go into a bar or pub unless the pub has a 'children's certificate'. Without this certificate they can only go into parts that aren't licensed and where alcohol is either sold but not drunk (e.g. a sales point away from the pub), OR drunk but not sold (e.g. a beer garden or family room).
14 or 15 – They can go anywhere in a pub but can't drink alcohol.
16 or 17 – They can buy (or be bought) beer or cider so long as it's bought to drink with a meal, but not in a bar (i.e. only in a place specifically set aside for meals).
Under 18 – With the exception of having a meal in a pub, it's against the law for anyone under 18 to buy alcohol in a pub, off-licence or supermarket. It is also illegal to buy alcohol in a pub for someone who's not 18.
Anyone over 18 can buy and drink alcohol legally in licensed premises in Britain.
The male hormone, testosterone, is what is known as an anabolic steroid. The effects of the other anabolic steroids are often very similar to the effects of testosterone. These anabolic steroids are used in medicine to treat anaemia or muscle weakness after surgery. They should not be confused with the other main kind of steroids, known as ‘Corticosteroids’, which are used to treat medical conditions such as asthma, eczema and skin inflammations.
Slang: Street names for drugs can vary around the country. Roids. Product names include Sustanon 250, Deca-Durabolin, Dianabol, Anavar, Stanozolol.
Anabolic steroids are Class C drugs to be sold only by pharmacists with a doctor's prescription. It's legal to possess or import steroids as long as they're for personal use. But possession or importing with intent to supply (which includes giving them to friends) is illegal and could lead to 14 years in prison and an unlimited fine.
Speed’ is the street name for a range of amphetamines such as amphetamine sulphate and Dexedrine. Like cocaine, amphetamines are stimulants that people take to keep themselves awake and alert. The effects of amphetamine begin within 15-20 minutes of oral ingestion. If injected one will experience the effects quicker, but the high from speed is characterised by a long slow comedown.
Slang: Street names for drugs can vary around the country. Phet, Billy, Whizz, Sulph, Base, Paste, Dexies, Poor Mans Coke.
Speed is a Class B drug. It’s illegal to have, give away or sell. Prepared-for-injection Speed becomes a Class A and can get you tougher sentencing if you're caught with it or selling it. Possession can get you up to five years in jail and an unlimited fine. Supplying someone else - including your friends - can get you up to 14 years and an unlimited fine.
Tranquillisers are manufactured drugs produced to treat emotional disorders like anxiety, depression and insomnia. Prescribed by a doctor or GP, they are designed to reduce anxiety, promote calm, relaxation and sleep. There are more than a hundred different forms of tranquillisers, but most common are the Benzodiazepines (valium)
Slang: Street names for drugs can vary around the country. Jellies, benzos, eggs, norries, rugby balls, vallies, moggies, mazzies, roofies, downers.
Tranquillisers can only be prescribed by a pharmacist. They’re controlled under Class C of the Misuse of Drugs Act. It's illegal to possess benzodiazepines, including temazepam, without a prescription. Unauthorised possession could result in a prison sentence of up to 2 years and an unlimited fine. Supplying, which means giving some to your friends, could mean up to 14 years in prison and an unlimited fine.
Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in Britain. Made from parts of the cannabis plant, it is one of the naturally occurring drugs. It has a mild sedative effect (often causing a feeling of inertia or actual sleepiness) and it is also a very mild hallucinogen (meaning you may experience a state where you see objects and reality in a distorted way and may even hallucinate). The main active compound in cannabis is called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Modern hybrid forms of cannabis, of which the most well known is ‘Skunk’ are common now and are often related in the media to mental health problems. Scientific evidence suggests that this is not actually the case and that the link is in fact very weak.
Slang: Street names for drugs can vary around the country. Bhang, black, blast, blow, blunts, Bob Hope, bush, dope, draw, ganja, grass, hash, hashish, hemp, herb, marijuana, pot, puff, Northern Lights, resin, sensi, sinsemilla, shit, skunk, smoke, soap, spliff, wacky backy, weed, zero. Some names are based on where it comes from... Afghan, homegrown, Moroccan etc.
Cannabis is illegal; it is a Class B narcotic.
If you are caught with cannabis the police will always take action.
MAGIC MUSHROOMS (Amanita Muscaria)
Magic mushrooms are mushrooms that grow in the wild. They produce similar hallucinogenic-type effects to LSD when ingested. There are two main types and they are quite different. The most common form is a species called psilocybe semilanceata or ‘liberty cap’, while the other more potent variety is amanita muscaria or ‘fly agaric’. There are deadly poisonous species of amanitas, so one should be cautious. It is generally not wise not to take them without expert horticultural advice.
Slang: Street names for drugs can vary around the country. Magic mushrooms, Liberties, magics, mushies, liberty cap, shrooms, Amani, agaric.
The new Drugs Act 2005 has changed the law so that now both fresh and prepared (e.g. dried or stewed) magic mushrooms that contain psilocin or psilocybin are classified as Class A drugs. Possession can get you up to seven years in jail and/or an unlimited fine. Supplying someone else, including your friends, with magic mushrooms can get you life imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.
Ketamine is a short-acting but powerful general anaesthetic (usually on horses) which depresses the nervous system and causes a temporary loss of body sensation. That is why it has been used for operating on humans and animals. It has very powerful hallucinogenic qualities (with a distortion of objects and reality) and users describe a trip in to a ‘K’-Hole.
Slang: Street names for drugs can vary around the country. Green, K, special K, super K, vitamin k
Ketamine is a Class C drug which means that it's illegal to possess it and to supply it. Possession can get you up to two years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you 14 years in jail and/or an unlimited fine.
Khat (Catha edulis) is a herbal substance containing may different compounds. Its main effects are due to two compounds with stimulant properties similar to, but less powerful than amphetamines. Stimulants generally speed up the mind and body. Khat comes from a leafy green plant of the same name. Used mostly in Africa, Khat is becoming more common in Europe - particularly in some immigrant communities.
Slang: Street names for drugs can vary around the country. Khat, quat, qat, qaadka, chat.
Khat is not an illegal drug in the UK. It can be used or traded without penalty. Khat is an illegal substance in many other countries like the US. Taking khat into the US could attract a heavy prison sentence.
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