Yaba is the Thai name for "crazy medicine." It is mainly produced in Southeast and East Asia and is extremely popular in Asian communities. It has only recently made its way to the United States, largely introduced in the clubbing, techno, and rave scene to replace ecstasy. Yaba combines caffeine and methamphetamine (an extremely addictive and powerful stimulant). It is administered in tablet form and is taken orally or sublingually. You can tell the difference between them and other "party drugs" as they are brightly colored (red, orange, or green).
Yaba is illegal on a federal level.
Yaba is completely illegal in the United States as it is considered a Schedule II drug, meaning that it causes dependency and addiction very quickly. It is also banned from medicinal use for this reason and cannot be obtained with a prescription. Owning and distributing Yaba is illegal and causes a risk of incarceration if and when caught.
Yaba has the same appeal to party-goers as the commonly known MDMA (ecstasy). It increases perception and energy while reducing inhibition and gives a great sense of happiness and joy. The pills are also extremely attractive to young people, as they come in multiple flavors that mimic the taste of candy. In addition to being administered orally, Yaba can be heated in aluminum foil and inhaled so that the vapors directly bypass the mouth and stomach and enter the bloodstream and nervous system much more quickly. This is referred to as "chasing the dragon.”
The side effects of Yaba mimic those of MDMA or other methamphetamines as a stimulant. this can include a drastic increase in blood pressure, tachycardia, and damage to small blood vessels. Continued use can inflame the heart lining and inflammation of the cardiovascular organs within the body, causing an increased chance of heart disease and stroke. An overdose of Yaba and other methamphetamines can increase your body temperature to hyperthermic levels and cause convulsions. Overdosing also puts the user at risk of death.
Those dependent on Yaba may exhibit unwarranted violence, aggression, paranoia, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, and sweating, even in cooler temperatures.
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