Club drug is a loosely used term that is used to define and categorize a group of recreational drugs which are associated primarily with clubs and raves. The use of club drugs was big in the 1980s up to the 2000s. Most drugs are defined by their properties whereas these drugs are categorized by where they are used for convenience. This is because usually club drugs are sold at the venue where people take them. So for instance you go to rave and you can probably by ecstasy there. Club drugs are substances that include ecstasy, 2c-B, inhalants, cocaine, hallucinogens, LSD, mushrooms. Club drugs can vary from town to town, state to state, and country to country. Most people use these drugs to stimulate them while at a club or rave.
Club drugs really began to become popular in the mid-to-late 1970s disco club era. Followed by the subculture in the 60s there was thriving drug use also in the 70s. The drugs that thrived in the 1970s disco club era were ones that would enhance the experience. For instance make dancing to the loud music more fun and make the flashing lights on the dance floor more sparkly. Back then the biggest club drug was cocaine or in street terms “blow”. Cocaine wasn’t alone as the only club drug though, there was also nitrous oxide and the other essential club drug that really isn’t around anymore known as a Quaalude.
As times changed more drugs such as ecstasy and various amphetamines made themselves onto the club drug forefront. Ecstasy followed suit with the rave crowd although no drug is exclusive to any one kind of party. In fact club drugs could also be called party drugs, or party pills. Other more subtle party pills or club drugs to make their way on to the scene were GHB, and the dissociative drug Ketamine. GHB and ketamine are not stimulants but are still considered club drugs.
Today, in some areas they take heroin as a club drug even though heroin is an opiate and not a stimulant at all. Club drugs are mainly used by young adults and teens today and the venue can also include concerts and parties rather than raves and clubs.
Regardless of their use for having a good time out, club drugs are extremely addictive and dangerous. For example, repeated GHB use may lead to withdrawal effects when a person tries to stop. Withdrawal from GHB can include insomnia, anxiety, tremors and sweating. MDMA or ecstasy can leave a person totally drained the next day and unable to function. Long term use of ecstasy can cause some serious brain problems. Ketamine in high doses can cause impaired motor function, high blood pressure, and potentially fatal respiratory problems.
So while the name club drug may give off the impression that the substances that fall under that category are tons of fun they also come with tons of dangers. It is not uncommon to hear stories about kids today dying of drug overdoses at dubstep show, concert, rave, or club because they didn’t have the knowledge about what they were taking.