Future Drugs

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Future Drugs

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I've been thinking through the entertaining possibilities of a high-tech chemical future. What might the possibilities or recreational and quality of life drugs be in a Utopian (or Dystopian) future.

Would love to hear your ideas.

Here's one for the pot:

Double-Delicious:
Makes everything you're eating taste like your favourite food, allowing the consumption of otherwise distasteful but non-harmfull foodstuffs, such as alien fare.
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A pill for the common cold - that actually works.
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I've used this one myself in a couple stories...

Spice, a powered drug that when inhaled allows you to control your dreams in vivid reality. Dreaming whatever you want and it seems completely real to you. The drug is named for it's heady spicy aroma.

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Would nanotech count as a drug? If so, an auto-repair bot or bots that can swarm through the body making repairs on the cellular level, including correcting mutations within pre-cancerous cells. It would also be nice if they could slow or halt the aging process.
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Nanotechnology could also have some recreational uses, commanding the body to release adrenaline, dopamine or seratonin. Really, all MDMA does is cause massive amounts of seratonin to be released at once.

Lots of drugs are naturally present in our bodies, but they're only released when necessary. Adrenaline allows us to think more clearly in stressful situations or push our bodies harder to escape when the flight reflex kicks in. Dopamine is a pain killer. It's why when we break a bone we often don't feel it a few minutes after the injury, though it wears off quickly. Seratonin makes us happy. A deficiency causes depression, and Paxil corrects that deficiency.

So yeah, nanobots could have recreational uses, getting us high on the drugs our bodies produce naturally.
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Mind Enhancers

Give you excellent mind powers. I would love to pick up an X wing with my mind. :D
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I created a drug for a rather dystopian story written quite a while ago and it featured a drug with the street name "Flashback." It was essentially a cognitive enhancer (used by cops) with an unexpected side effect. It boosted synaptic bud production and anyone taking the drug could then go out, have an experience (usually sex related--yeah, it was that kind of story) and then be able to recall the most minute details of that experience at any point in the future, for the rest of their lives.

Flashback slammers, people addicted to this drug would often go out, do pretty extreme things, then essentially wind up in self induced comas, constantly reliving pleasures rather than seeking them an accepting them as they came naturally.
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:shock:

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Yeah, Ariel...that was the reaction quite a few peolpe gave that story. That MIGHT explain why I've refrained from submitting it.
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:lol:

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I personally think I would enjoy it. :)
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Post by Ariel »

It does sound like it would be pretty interesting.

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