So, legally I can, and do take Ambien. This is a class 4 medication. For more information on drug classifications, see this link: http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/ds.shtml.
Side effects include:
Hallucinations, through all physical senses, of varying intensity
Altered thought patterns
Ataxia or poor motor coordination, difficulty maintaining balance
Euphoria and/or dysphoria
Increased or decreased libido
Impaired judgment and reasoning
Uninhibited extroversion in social or interpersonal settings
When stopped, rebound insomnia may occur
Some people including myself experience various things like eating, driving, or performing other daily tasks while asleep.
One night my kids were brushing their teeth, and being silly, funny, fun. I made a cell phone video of it. The next day I watched the video.
I did not remember anything my beautiful, wonderful, silly kids had been doing. I would have passed a lie detector stating I did not make that video or see any of it, had it not been for my out-of-it voice in the background of the video.
I have lost many hours of my life, not to mention the fact that I’ve woken many days to trails of coconut, or other snack /weird food crumbs, which I’ve produced during episodes of sleep eating.
There are many other negative effects, and of course the addictive/dependency issue, plus the increased risk of cancer; but this drug is completely legal and okay for me to take every night.
Marijuana is illegal. It makes me sleepy, helps my spasticity (which frees me from taking additional medication), and doesn’t create complete time lapses in my memory. Explain that…