Dopamine in the Daily Life of a Druggie

Every shot of whiskey, every sniff sniff of coke, and every hit off a joint sends millions of molecules to your brain which instantly cause a cascade of events, both chemical and electrical. Namely, dopamine is released into synapses all over the mesolimbic dopaminergic pathway. Huh? you may say... well, then read on. This web page is meant to offer an integrated tour of your brain while on your favorite chemicals. Okay, you may actually want to read this when you're sober. This page is part of a neuroscience outreach program for our Physiological Psychology class at Macalester College.

Introduction to Dopamine

Alcohol and Tobacco

Cocaine

Opiates

Hallucinogens

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