If you thought marijuana was the only substance which could give you a high, you should rather consider your thoughts again. Some over-the-counter medications can get you higher than marijuana. These are drugs that are legal and do not require a prescription, but they are far more potent and dangerous than some of the illegal substances.  

You could get arrested for possessing marijuana, but if you choose to obtain one of these medications, you are not liable to conviction. Perhaps the only problem you can come across when trying to purchase these medications could be the refusal of the pharmacist to sell them to you.

“Teens may think that just because something is available from the pharmacy, it won’t harm them — but that’s not true.” — The National Institute on Drug Abuse

Here some over-the-counter medications with high potency levels. 


Some time ago, codeine was the active ingredient used to suppressing coughs. However, codeine is a highly addictive substance. Dextromethorphan was created as a nonaddictive replacement for codeine. Numerous other cough syrups contain ingredients such as acetaminophen, which are dangerous when ingested in large quantities.

Dextromethorphan can leave behind powerful effects ranging from euphoria and elevated mood, increased awareness, and dreamlike states. People who use dextromethorphan may also suffer from hallucinations, altered perception of time, and decreased sexual functioning. Many people consider the effects of this medication similar to consumption of alcohol. However, using this medication in high doses can impair memory, judgment, and language.


Unisom is an antihistamine that is used to cure allergies. It has sedative effects and is, therefore, often used to treat insomnia. On some occasions, it is also mixed with acetaminophen or codeine for use as an analgesic. Unisom can be purchased at the grocery store. Therefore, teenagers frequently abuse it while looking for an affordable high.

Teenagers favor this medication for its hallucinogenic properties. However, they do not understand that it can leave them agitated and confused. The pleasure from Unisom abuse cannot be considered as high, but people who consume it can get involved in stupid things. Using extra-large dosages can be dangerous and result in prolonged agitation, seizures, and even coma.


Tramadol cannot be considered as an opioid, but it affects the brain similarly. It has opiate agonist activity and can act as an analgesic. Despite not being potent enough, it can give people a feeling similar to that of opioids. Recovering addicts often abuse tramadol because it is readily available and can give them a high which is alike to heroin’s or any other synthetic opioids such as Vicodin.

The status enjoyed by tramadol is indeed unique.Despite being considered as a prescription drug, it has not been scheduled federally. Only a few states within the US have regulated its availability. This clearly indicates that one must have a prescription to purchase tramadol in some states.

Diethyl Ether 

Ether is the popular name for diethyl ether, and it is commonly used by the medical fraternity as an anesthetic. It also has a history of recreational uses since the late 19th century. Ether was frequently used in Russia, France, Norway, the United States and Ireland. The effects of ether are similar to those of alcohol. However, it is cheaper and once consumed, one becomes sober faster. Ether is popular among people who do not have much money to spend on such substances.

Diethyl ether is not difficult to obtain within the United States. However, some suppliers are cautious about who they sell it to. They instead prefer to sell it just to universities and laboratories. The reason for this is that ether is often used to create several illegal substances such as LSD.

Although these are over-the-counter medications, it is advisable to stay away from them as they have adverse effects on human health. 


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