Providing straightforward information pertaining to drugs, drug use & drug policy. The Grey Pages promotes drug-related literacy and advocates a system of viable and tolerant drug policies. This is my personal collection of commentaries, essays, tid-bits, and other such writings on everything ranging from drug use, drug policy and drug-myths, to drug-science, addiction, human behavior, and the workings of the human brain. I started this blog with a particular focus on opioids, and over the past year have found my interest gravitate toward the intriguing, ever-changing world of designer intoxicants (i.e. "research chemicals" or "designer drugs").

Monday, January 24, 2011

Chloral Hydrate Vault

Chloral hydrate is a CNS depressant related to ethanol. It is one of the oldest sedative-hypnotic drugs known, first produced in 1832 by the chlorination of ethyl alcohol. It is used as a short term sleep aid and as a procedural sedative or anaesthetic. Chloral hydrade is believed to act via enhancing the GABA system. Repeated use may lead to dependence and tolerance. The drug is classified as a schedule IV controlled substance. 

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