Erbilia exposes the reality about digital drugs and their effects
Erbilia Online Magazine - Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

What Are Digital Drugs?


Digital Drugs Become Popular with Teenagers

A Warning to Parents

Digital drugs are not something new. They first appeared about 7 years ago and they have become quite popular with young people in the USA and many other countries in the world.

If you have never heard of digital drugs or i-dosing, you should know that even though they are called “drugs” they do not require physical consumption of any kind and they are not substances like cocaine, heroin, marijuana and the like. However, what scientists, parents and educators are afraid of is that they can have drug-like effects on users, especially the young ones.

What Exactly Are Digital Drugs?

Based on the principle of sound production through binaural beats and isochronic tones, digital drugs use these sounds to pulsate differently in order to stimulate both the left and the right parts of the brain and alter its brainwaves. Young people can easily access such sounds on several websites, download them either for free or by paying a small amount of money and listen to them using a good pair of headphones while they are comfortably sitting or lying down.

As the brain receives one tone through the left headphone and another tone through the right one, it combines the two different tones into a third tone which is only perceived by the brain, not the ears. This “secret” third tone is what works like a drug to stimulate a brain response and a response by the nerve receptors which make the user feel “high” or “intoxicated”.

Are They Real Drugs?

The majority of young people who have used these digital drugs admit that they listen to these sounds because of the euphoria they experience, but they refuse that these tones can become addictive or harm their brain.

However, scientists believe that when our brainwaves are changed by these sounds, our state of consciousness can also be altered and we may be sleepy or in a state of day dreaming. This means that such a condition can interfere with the everyday activities of the users, such as attending classes, driving a car or even walking about in the city.

Also, doctors cannot be sure what the consequences would be if those digital drugs were used by vulnerable people who face mental disorders such as epilepsy and schizophrenia, psychological problems, or physical problems such as migraines or heart issues.

Moreover, educators and parents are afraid that if young people get used to getting “high” with i-dosing, they may later turn to real drugs with destructive effects on their health and their life.

What Can Be Done?

Since digital drugs are not illegal and they are free for everyone to download, the only way parents can approach the problem is by informing young people about the potential dangers of such use. They should also be vigilant of their children’s change in behavior and of the material they download from the internet.

On the other hand, teachers can organize talks with their students or invite a specialist to school to give more facts to students about this digital threat.