A bottle with bath salt crystals spilling out.”Photo by DEA

Bath salts are illegal drugs that get people high. People make them with chemicals like ones found in the khat plant, which grows in many parts of the world. Illegal bath salts are not related to products like Epsom salts that people use for bathing.

Bath salts are a white or brown crystal powder. They are sold in small packages with a warning that says you are not supposed to eat them ("not for human consumption"). Sellers use this message to confuse the police, and to hide the fact they are drugs.

People usually swallow, snort, smoke, or use a needle to inject (shoot up) bath salts.

Some names of bath salt products are:

  • Flakka
  • Cosmic Blast
  • Ivory Wave
  • Vanilla Sky
  • White Lightning

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