A benzodiazepine, often called a "benzo", is a psychoactive drug with anti-anxiety, sedative, hypnotic, anti-convulsant, and muscle relaxant properties, among many others. They are legal to possess with a prescription in the United States and are often easily identified by the suffix "-am" (such as diazepam and alprazolam). They are quite popular as treatments for anxiety, muscle tension, and occasionally insomnia, although insomnia is usually treated with the use of nonbenzodiazepines. Strength, half life and effects differ greatly from one benzodiazepine to another. As such, see each individual benzo page for dosage and more info. A complete list of all benzodiazepine medication *imprints* exists here: http://www.pharmer.org/imprints/benzodiazepines#diazepam
This list benzos is ordered from least potent to most potent in terms of dosage required. For dosages, see each individual benzo page, or use a conversion chart.
- Clonazepam (Klonopin or "K-pins")
- Alprazolam (Xanax)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Temazepam (Restoril)
- Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol)A complete list of all benzodiazepine medication exists here: http://www.pharmer.org/imprints/benzodiazepines#diazepam
Benzos in "healthy" people are usually not euphoric or fun at all. But in people with issues of Stress, Insomnia, Nerveuoness, Anxiety, Panic Attacks or any kind psychological discomfort, Benzos are just like Opiates for people with pain. Stimulant users (Coke, Meth, Addy) used them for counteract their side effects (e.g. anxiety, paranoia, jitteriness) or for soften the "comedown" (dysphoria, depression). Also Opiates users (H, Oxy, Methadone) use them for a increase "nodding" effect or for the withdrawal. Non-recreational use is also common among psychedelic users, with benzos often administered on the comedown of long acting drugs or in cases where user is unable to handle unexpected intensity or negativity. Administration of fast acting benzodiazepines in such cases can quickly and drastically reduce most of mental and even visual effects of psychedelics. Though not extremely common, some anxiety prone users also administer a therapeutic dose of an intermediate or long acting benzodiazepine at the onset of a trip to decrease the possibility of anxiety.
Continued use of Benzodiazepines will cause a build up of tolerance and eventually (physical) dependency, which leads to withdrawal symptoms upon quitting. Overdose is not common when benzos are taken alone, since benzos are actually not very toxic. However, when combined with another drug which increases the toxicity overdose is more likely... (depressants ..including otc's like products containing Diphenhydramine.)
Only Midazolam (Versed) and Triazolam (Halcion) effects are more faster and stronger by intranasal absoprtion. 
Benzos + weed = feels good, man.
Benzos + booze = wtf happened last night........??
Benzos + opis = Triple euphoria but WARNING: Benzos and Opis are highly toxic combined and can make you OD. If you wanna try the mix, first try low doses and with someone trustful by your side.
Benzos + stims = Great mixture, like a clean MDMA high with: NO ANXIETY and NO DROWSINESS. WARNING: Some users report faster heartbeat with this combo, more than with the single Stimulant dosage alone. Be Careful
While taking other prescription medications it is a good idea to check if they will interact with benzos. For example, the contraceptive pill and some antibiotics will increase the potency and side effects of benzos, while other antibiotics such as Rifater and some anticonvulsants will decrease the action and half life of benzos. Google is your friend.
Kava has been shown in some studies to effect the a-GABA subreceptor and has anecdotal evidence of highly increasing the effects of benzodiazepines, although it is unknown if this is truly potentiation or simply synergistic effects.
- Relaxation (feelsgoodman)
- Relief from worries / Anxiolysis (don'tcareman)
- Easy sleep (goodnightman)
- Positive day after effects (goodmorning man)
- Super human powers (superman)
- Amnesia (lolwut?!)
- Over relaxation (lazy)
- D.G.A.F. disorder (fuck you)
- Overall change in personality (meh)
- Physical addiction (FfFfFfFuUuUCCCKK)
- Long half life of some benzos (leads to overlapping doses)
- Jim-Jams (shakes/tremors, prolonged use)
- Weight loss (not typical)
- Weight gain (not typical)
- Muscle tension/pain (prolonged use)
- Rebound anxiety (when use is discontinued after prolonged use)
- Psychosis (prolonged uses)
- Heart arrhythmias (prolonged use)
- Seizures (prolonged use, cold turkey)
- Death (can be caused by many effects of quitting benzos too quickly)
Benzodiazepines have many effects on the body and mind. The more frequently and longer you use benzodiazepines, the greater the risk of benzodiazepine addiction, a nasty fate to be sure. This is a trait shared with all GABAergic drugs, including alcohol, GHB, etc. It is always important to remember that benzodiazepines cannot be tapered off within a day - try weeks or months. It should be a high priority of a benzodiazepine user to keep in mind that these drugs are not for long term use, not to take more than prescribed and discuss with your doctor a titration time chart according to your dose and drug.
It is also common for people without anxiety to notice little to no effect, aside from amnesia.
Contraindications and special caution
Tranquilizer drugs such as benzodiazepines should not be given to the elderly, pregnant women (or men), and children. Benzodiazepines also should not be given to anyone not prescribed the medication. Special precautions should be taken with people that have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
In almost any case, use of benzodiazepines on a regular basis leads to withdrawal symptoms upon cession of use. If you are prescribed benzodiazepines, it is important not to let yourself run out of medication. If your doctor wants to take you off of your prescribed dose, it would be wise to request a titration of your dose, in order to avoid any withdrawal symptoms. Do not quit benzodiazepines immediately if you have been prescribed for about 6 months to a year.
Zolpidem (Ambien), Eszopiclone (Lunesta), Zaleplon (Sonata), and Zopiclone (Imovane) are not benzodiazepines. Although they work on the same receptors and produce similar effects, they are structurally different, making them nonbenzodiazepines or "Z-Drugs".