What are the most addictive substances on our planet? Although you may initially think this question is easy to answer, think again. If you were to ask different researchers about the matter, you would most likely get a different opinion each time, given the tricky nature of these chemicals. Ultimately, a drug’s addictive qualities can stem from a variety of qualities ranging from street value to the influence over the dopamine receptors (pleasure/reward modulators). Also, we have to consider how quickly a person can become dependent on the drug and the severity of the withdrawal process. Here is a closer look at some of the world’s most addictive substances, based on professional opinions.
In various studies, heroin has been labeled as the world’s most addictive substance, scoring a 3 out of 3 on a drug assessment. Falling in the category of opiates (narcotic painkillers), this deadly drug boosts the brain’s dopamine levels by a staggering 200%, resulting in an overwhelming “high” and ensuing euphoria. Likewise, heroin is also exceptionally dangerous, with the fatal dose being only 5 times greater than the regular dose. As of 2009, the illegal opiate market was estimated at $68 billion on a global scale.
Also known as Bolivian marching powder, cocaine is a dangerous stimulant that directly hijacks the dopamine receptors in the brain and prevents neurons from shutting this system down, resulting in an overflow of the reward/pleasure pathways. In fact, research indicates that cocaine boosts dopamine to 3 times the healthy level. Researchers have categorized crack cocaine (the pure form of cocaine) as the 3rd deadliest drug on the planet, while powdered cocaine is the 5th most dangerous.
Ironically, this drug is not only one of the most dangerous substances in the world but also 100% legal and widely distributed around the world. On a drug assessment test, nicotine has been labeled as the 3rd most addictive drugs on the planet. Further research indicates that this substance boost dopamine levels from 25% to 40% after being consumed. Even more disturbing, scientists predict that 8 billion people will use nicotine by 2030.
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