What's a Recreational Drug? - Duke's Materia Tonica
Recreational drugs are a classification of non-ingestible dangerous petrochemicals, plants, and drug compounds, such as cannabis, cocaine, steroids, opioids, and psilocybin which are not foods and not dietary supplements. Recreational drugs are incorrectly used, by self-medication, for pain relief or to incorrectly substitute the non-functionality of the body, including emotional and mental states, often with unsafe self-treatment of diagnosed diseases and conditions.
As with many drugs, recreational use of petrochemicals, plants, and drug compounds may be inappropriately used by someone as intoxicants to impair physical, emotional, and mental function.
Self-medication and self-treatment (aka. treatment with self-care) are colloquial slang used by the medical industry and government agencies which refers to non-prescribed recreational use of drugs and recreational drug use. Someone recreationally uses drugs for unapproved uses and without a prescription as a false way to promote health, wellness, and well-being with quackery.
Someone, without appropriate guidance, may confuse physical, emotional, and mental impairment from recreational drugs and recreational drug use with pseudoscience concepts of mind-alteration, getting "high", and psychoactive quackery, but recreational drugs and recreational drug use only promote a wrong view and false feelings of well-being by impairing physical, emotional, and mental functioning.
For example: when someone uses opioids recreationally or recreational cannabinoids, such as CBD, the person may wrongly think that the drugs make them feel better and heal them, but instead the drugs are actually impairing bodily functions of pain signals or other signals from issues with non-functionality of the body, emotions and mind.
Oftentimes, drugs of any kind may be incorrectly prescribed by a physician for recreational off-label use. Recreational use of drugs, known as self-medication, is wrongly endorsed by government agencies and the medical industry for inappropriate self-treatment, for example, by using pharmaceuticals wrongly and incorrectly medicating with cannabis (hemp seed is not to be confused with cannabis flowers, leaves, and cannabinoid derivatives).
Recreational Drug Use is Not Medicine
Some recreational drugs, such as opioids, may be alternately used correctly as approved drugs with a prescription for non-healing medicine within the pathology practices of allopathy and 'alternative medicine'. Contrarily, some medical drugs may be used recreationally for the intoxication effects of physical, emotional, and mental impairment, which is not medicine.
Recreational drug use is not recommended for healing due to a lack of benefits for health, since recreational drugs are not food and dietary supplements.
Recreational Drugs are Not Herbalism
Recreational drugs have no benefits for supporting, maintaining, or promoting health, wellness, and well-being, because they lack nutrients and their unique plant constituents are ineffective, since they only impair physical, emotional, and mental functioning.
Recreational Drugs are Different than Non-Drug Intoxicants
Beer and Tobacco are Common Intoxicants Lacking Health Benefits †
Recreational drugs are not to be confused with tobacco and alcoholic beverages, which have no medicinal value nor drug uses since they offer a false view of personal well-being and only impair physical, emotional, and mental functioning.