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Digital Drugs

Digital Drugs

The newest and latest drugs to hit the teen scene come in the digital form. These digital drugs are emitted through sound and allegedly cause a natural high from changes in brain wave and mood.

Digital drugs, better known as i-dosing involves donning headphones and listening to music. If you can even call digital drugs music is left to interpretation because it sounds more like loud droning than synchronized melodies. This droning noise is the result of two slightly different audio waves being heard separately by the left and right ear. The two tones played at slightly different frequencies makes the listener think they are hearing a quick beat. YouTube is littered with videos that include these audio files, and even more reaction videos of teenagers freaking out after getting an i-Dose of digital drugs.

Teens claim they feel high after listening to the “music”. Those who want to get addicted to the “drugs” can purchase tracks that will purportedly bring about the same effects of marijuana, cocaine, opium and peyote. While street drugs rarely come with instruction manuals, potential digital drug users are advised to buy a 40-page guide so that they learn how to properly get high on MP3s.

The MP3s that make up digital drugs have actually been around for a while. Well, not the MP3s but the use of sound to stimulate the brain which is what is happening when kids use digital drugs.

Digital drugs are what are known as binaural beats, which are two toned beats that are meant to alter brain waves and the mental state of the user which supposedly creates a feeling of ecstasy. Those who are using digital drugs will sit totally still in the dark listening to i-dosing tracks. The truth is the use of binaural beats has been used in therapeutical settings for a long time. Digital drugs or binaural beats could help those with ADHD, sleep problems, and anxiety.

At the present time the debate is up in the air as to whether or not digital drugs are a problem. Studies have shown that digital drugs do not chemically alter the brain in any way. The actual problem with kids looking into digital drugs is the fact that if they are searching for some way to engage in “drugging” or “mood altering” behavior. When kids start to look for ways to cope with their problems they can be headed down a road to addiction. Digital drugs could become a problem if a teen misses school, work, or extracurricular activities because they are i-dosing.

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