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How To Use Bath Salts Drugs: Can They Be Smoked, Shooted Or Snorted?

Powdered bath salts with syringe on the table

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Bath salts is an umbrella name used to describe a set of synthetic cathinones that are used to get high. Cloud nine drug, another name for bath salts, is a stimulant that generates a high similar to illicit drugs including cocaine or ecstasy. Recently they were known as a legal high and could be quite easily found because their label states that they are not fit for consumption by humans. However, how to do bath salts is a  common question among abusers. These drugs are used and abused in several ways, such as snorting bath salts, smoking, or injecting them, which are quite dangerous and can lead to fatal circumstances.

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How Are Bath Salts Used?

History of bath salts starts in France where they were developed during the years 1928 and 1929 and gained immense popularity in the world since then. In recent times a huge number of individuals started using and abusing them in numerous ways. Snorting, smoking, vaping, and injecting bath salts are common ways to get high off them. So, let’s review them in detail.

Snorting Bath Salts

The most common and popular way of abusing cloud nine drug is by inhaling or snorting it. Sniffing or huffing involves the drug being placed on a table or a flat surface in lines, like cocaine. The user sniffs or huffs them through their nose.
The second way of snorting bath salts is bagging or dusting using plastic or paper bag. These drugs flood the brain and body with dopamine, and when inhaled, the effects of synthetic cathinones is ten times greater than the body’s natural reward system, which results in a high that is immediate and lasts longer.

teenager inhaling bath salts from plastic resealable bag

Smoking Bath Salts

This method is similar to smoking cigarettes or weed. Smoking bath salts will result in an immediate high, but the effect will not last long as compared to snorting bath salts.
Smoking bath salts or it’s analog – flakka drug can be extremely dangerous. Short-term flakka symptoms include alertness, hyperactivity, and extreme agitation, while long-term effects include muscle damage, kidney failure, and a loss of sense of smell.

Injecting Bath Salts

This is another, a relatively common method of abusing the drug. The user may either take a large dose at once or smaller doses with intervals, to experience the euphoria for a longer time. Injecting bath salts produces the most potent and intense feelings when compared to the other methods.

man shooting bath salts or flakka
However, injecting bath salts is a more dangerous method, compared to snorting or smoking them, as this way of taking may lead to an overdose even with the small dose. Apart from this, injecting bath salts can cause necrotizing fasciitis, a rare flesh-eating syndrome that affects the muscles and tissues of the user.

Vaping Bath Salts

Vaping bath salts has also become a trend. There are numerous ways of how addicts vape the drug; they vary in how fast one gets high and the duration of the euphoric effects. Vaping bath salts can cause irreversible lung damage in addition to known synthetic cathinones side effects.

Vaping bath salts and flakka

Drinking Bath Salts

Can bath salts be put in a drink? This is last but not the least way of how bath salts are used. Alcohol is known to intensify the euphoria from some compound of synthetic cathinones when bath salt and alcohol are mixed. For example, methedrone, which is a cathinone that present in bath salts, interacts with alcohol to produce stronger feelings of euphoria in individuals.

All ways of abuse reported above are extremely dangerous to one’s health, as well as entail legal liabilities. One should never try to abuse bath salts in order to avoid their adverse side effects.

Are Bath Salts Safe To Use?

Numerous cases reveal the health risks of consuming cloud nine drug. For example, a 19-year old male attacked  his father after he drank a random glass at the nightclub. He reported several episodes of amnesia, feeling of elation, and irritability. Methylone, its metabolites, and THC-COOH were detected in his urine. Another 33-year-old male committed suicide by hanging. Alpha-pyrrolidinovalerophenone and 4-methylethcathinone were found in blood and urine.
Both these cases highlight the fact that no matter what method does one do bath salts, it can result in many severe health risks, including death.

No matter if user is injecting, smoking, or snorting bath salts there is no way how synthetic cathinones may be sued safely.

They affect an individual physically and mentally, and they can also be lethal. MDPV drug testing can be done to an individual who is suspected of abusing this substance. In case one is found abusing this drug, it is advised to schedule an appointment in a drug rehab center to begin the treatment process as soon as possible.

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  1. Jennifer A. Gershman, Andrea D. Fass, Synthetic Cathinones (‘Bath Salts’) Legal and Health Care Challenges,
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emergency department visits after use of a drug sold as “bath salts”–Michigan, November 13, 2010-March 31, 2011,
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Isaak Stotts, LP

Isaak Stotts is an in-house medical writer in AddictionResource. Isaak learned addiction psychology at Aspen University and got a Master's Degree in Arts in Psychology and Addiction Counseling. After graduation, he became a substance abuse counselor, providing individual, group, and family counseling for those who strive to achieve and maintain sobriety and recovery goals.


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