There are several types of drugs. They can be divided into three categories: downers, uppers and trippers. Also, there are poppers.

    • Downers include substances such as alcohol, heroin, GHB, ketamine and cannabis. These substances sedate, calm down and have a relaxing effect. You may feel sleepy. Downers suppress your anxiety and ensure that your consciousness is muted. Sexually, they make you feel less inhibited and your muscles become weaker. Downers may increase your desire to have sex but it can also have the effect that it is difficult to get an erection and keep it.
    • Uppers are drugs like XTC, MDMA, speed, cocaïne and crystal meth. They have a stimulating effect. These drugs give energy and make sure you are very alert. Uppers increase your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and body temperature. You have a lot of energy and no need for sleep. Uppers also suppress your appetite and necessity to drink. Sexually, uppers can ensure that you have more desire to have sex. When using uppers you can have difficulty keeping your erection and to ejaculate.
    • Trippers include mushrooms and LSD. This is often so intense that the desire to have sex disappears.
    • Poppers are substances in the group of chemicals known as alkyl nitrites. Poppers are usually sold in small bottles, in the form of liquids that produce a vapor. This vapor can be inhaled. Poppers open blood vessels, increase blood flow, and mostly reduce blood pressure while increasing heart rate. Users often report getting warm sensations and flushed faces. Poppers also relax key muscles such as the sphincter of the anus, which can make anal sex less painful. In the Netherlands, poppers are prohibited.

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