Talk:Psychoactive drug

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Former good articlePsychoactive drug was one of the Natural sciences good articles, but it has been removed from the list. There are suggestions below for improving the article to meet the good article criteria. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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April 5, 2007Good article nomineeListed
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July 16, 2007Featured article candidateNot promoted
June 19, 2009Good article reassessmentDelisted
Current status: Delisted good article

Addition of medication for challenging behavior[edit]

I have added, under psychiatric use, medication as a treatment or aid for overcoming challenging behavior. I believe it is important readers know about a broader range of medicinal uses for the psychotropic medication. Small edit for a first timer who is trying to learn the basics. Dacplayer96 (talk) 07:45, 4 December 2014 (UTC)[edit]

Should that artcle and this be merged, aren't they about the same thing? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:15, 27 December 2014 (UTC)

In my opinion, no. These two words have different definitions. An example is caffeine - it is psychoactive, but not psychedelic. IiKkEe (talk) 08:04, 30 December 2014 (UTC)


I am concerned that the first sentence which defines the term "psychoactive drug" has as its reference an Australian online text with no references. Can anyone provide a definition from a recent peer reviewed article or psychiatric textbook? IiKkEe (talk) 08:15, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

Determinants of effects[edit]

I respect that there are mentions of Timothy Leary in this article, since he was one of the most important figures regarding drugs in general, but this specific chapter (regarding set and setting) is inappropriate in this article since it has to do with psychedelic drugs specifically, not psychoactive drugs generally (that defines a major difference between the two actually, since your set/setting don't matter when you seek your desired effects by biological means (i.e. by using non-psychedelic drugs) but are tremendously important when using psychedelic, which have subjective effects and are not biologically euphoriant. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:53, 5 July 2016 (UTC)

The last sentence states the model can be applied to other drugs than psychedelics. It is sourced to a book I do not have access to so I cannot verify its accuracy. One might reasonably see that set and setting have much lower weight compared to dose for non-psychedelics so the model would still be valid. Sizeofint (talk) 22:09, 5 July 2016 (UTC)


Where did the person who took the picture at the top right of the page get the drugs in question? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:49, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

You would have to ask User:Thoric as he is apparently the original uploader. Sizeofint (talk) 11:09, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

I took the photo at an acquaintance's apartment over ten years ago. They had a wide variety of substances in their collection at the time, so I got them to organize them onto a piece of paper so that I might take a picture of it for this article. I've lost track of this person, and I'm fairly certain they are no longer in possession of any of this stuff as it was so long ago. --Thoric (talk) 17:38, 24 October 2016 (UTC)

I updated the picture as it appears the image itself has the correct listing, but the page contains "alcohol" as the first in the list, while alcohol does not appear in the image at all. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:45, 17 October 2018 (UTC)