Digital Drugs: Hyped Hoaxes or Real Threats?

July 19, 2010 by  
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They are supposed to be addictive but you cannot buy them on the streets or from any drug dealer for that matter. In fact, they are quite easy to access and they are perfectly legal.

I am referring to the so-called “digital drugs”. And they are available for download over the Internet.

So how does digital drug work?

“…digital drugs are tracks of music which can be downloaded and they are said to have similar effects on the listener to what an actual drug does. The tracks which are available to download on the website are said to be able to cause mood changes…”

Sounds like the real thing, huh?

The most popular of these is the I-Doser, which calls itself not a digital drug but a “binaural brainwave audio doses to powerfully alter your mood.” These downloads are available for the a CD player, iPod, iPad, iPhone and computer.

So how does it work? I-Doser tells us:

“Recreational Simulation CDs and MP3 are collections of binaural doses on standard audio CDs or MP3s. Each audio track contains our advanced binaural beats that will synchronize your brainwaves to the same state as the recreational dose. Mixed with our advanced auditory pulses are soothing backtracks of ambient soundscapes to help the brain induce of state of mood lift, euphoria, sedation, and hallucination.”

The site offers free demo downloads for a taste of these mood-altering audios before you pay for the full length ones. And they carry the names I-Doser cocaine, I-Doser crack, I-Doser marijuana, I-Doser Anestesia, and I-Doser Peyote. And you should read the testimonials.

.Surprising, we hear very little about it from the scientific and medical community. Is it because these virtual drugs are harmless hoaxes? Currently there isn’t any scientific evidence to indicate that these drugs really work and that they present health problems.

But why is it getting popular? Recent reports indicate that downloads of I-Doser has dramatically soared recently (up to millions!), mainly among teenagers.

“… the download figures are soaring for the website as many teens are even surfing the website at school. The owner of the website is obviously pleased that the download statistics are now soaring but he has also agreed with the warnings that have been issued by experts. He agrees that users and listeners of the music from the site should respect the music they are listening to and be extremely careful.

So are these audio files really for getting high or are they overhyped hoaxes. Unfortunately, the answer is that “we do not know.”

In the meantime, keep a close watch over your kids, tweens and teens. And what they are listening to.

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