Proceedings of the 19th International Academic Conference, Florence

THE EFFECTS OF ETHNOBOTANICAL DRUGS ON HUMAN BODY

NICOLETA-ELENA BUZATU

Abstract:

Etnobotany is a branch of etnobiology which studies the interrelations between man and his environment, including the hallucinogenic effects of plants. Consumption is particularly widespread through adolescents. Even if they are considered to be "light drugs", ethnobotanical plants have disastrous and unpredictable effects and can damage/ affect the body in various ways. These effects are divided into three categories: immediate, chronic and overdose. In the short term, the person who used these products may experience different physical and psychic effects. Etnobotanical consumption is more dangerous than drug usage because the effects these products may have in the long term are not exactly known and therefore the doctors don't know what treatment can be administered. In Romania, according to the law, some of these drugs are prohibited but some producers and distributors sell them under the pretext of their use in agriculture or veterinary medicine.

Keywords: Consumption, drugs, ethnobotanical drugs, forbidden substances, effects

DOI: 10.20472/IAC.2015.019.021

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