Psychotropic or psychoactive

Notion 9
Term Psychotropic or psychoactive
Field Effects
Pronunciation ‚sī-kə-'trō -pik   ‚sī-kō -'ak-tiv
Definition A psychotropic substance acts primarily upon the central nervous system where it alters brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, consciousness and behavior.
Cannabis is a psychotropic drug because of its high level of THC (and some other psychotropic phytocannabinoids).
  • Severe depressive states usually also require treatment with psychotropic drugs.
  • Many other psychoactive drugs are used recreationally rather than therapeutically.
  • The duration of psychoactive effects associated with a particular psychoactive substance is also an important variable.
  • The second route to stress relief is through psychoactive medication.
  • It (cocaine) can be stored easily and unnoticed for years without losing its psychotropic power and market value, while stored marijuana requires large conspicuous facilities.
Phraseology "Psychotropic" and "psychoactive" are often followed by a substantive such as "substance", "drug" or "medication".
Spanish equivalent
Psychotrope or Psychoactif
Psicotrópico or Psicoactivo

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