YOUTH ETHNOBOTANICAL SUBSTANCES CONSUMPTION
2nd International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2015, www.sgemsocial.org , SGEM2015 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-44-5 / ISSN 2367-5659 , Aug 26 - Sept 01; Book 1, Vol. 1, 1097 - 1102 pp
The category of drugs around which this paper is built, the psychoactive drugs, also belongs to the category of synthetic drugs. Etnobotanical substances began to appear only in the years 2000-2005 and in Romania they appeared in 2008. The phenomenon had been preceded by the emergence of the term “etnobotanica” (etnobotanical substance) in the year 2000 in the Romanian Dictionary of Neologisms. Etnobotany is a branch of etnobiology and it refers to the mutual relations of the man with the plant environment, including plants with psychoactive or hallucinogenic effects.
However, etnobotanical substances that we have heard so much through the media, but also fromour friends, colleagues etc. do not have very much to do with the plants used in those rituals. Indeed, the composition of etnobotanical substances includes different plants, mostly known as herbs, such as sage, lion’s tail, artichokes, etc., but laboratory studies have proved that these products are not pure plants. In creating the famous etnobotanical substances chemicals such as synthetic cannabinoids or PFA (phenethylamine) are also used.
In fact, these substances are "some stranded synthetic drugs, which at the time of discovery were not considered good enough (few positive effects and much many negative effects)"(http://www.cristianmargarit.ro/2010/02/urban-living/plante-etnobotanice-de-origine-vegetala) 
This paper aims to identify which the actual dimensions are, the danger of etnobotanical substances consumption and how it primarily affects the young population, which are the long-term effects and whether the Romanian society is ready to face this new challenge. The research is based on this study combines quantitative research data, which were developed especially after the year 2009 in Romania, with qualitative data obtained by the author through semi-structured interviews method.
Keywords: etnobotanical substance, drug, adolescent
PAPER DOI: 10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2015/B11/S2.142 : YOUTH ETHNOBOTANICAL SUBSTANCES CONSUMPTION
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