bath salts

plural noun

Definition of bath salts

1 : a usually colored crystalline compound for perfuming and softening bathwater
2 : any of various synthetic illicit drugs with stimulant and sometimes hallucinogenic properties that are used (as by being injected or snorted) typically in the form of a white or brown crystalline powder

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Recent Examples on the Web Combined, the amount of cannabinoids and cathinones – bath salts – had a street value of more than $2 million, officials said. Sarah Haselhorst, The Enquirer, "Synthetic drugs, controlled substances seizure was the largest in Cincinnati history," 27 June 2020 Each box includes self care products — like bath salts and essential oils — that were curated by therapists. NBC News, "Most purchased home, tech, kitchen and apparel products in 2020," 4 May 2020 At the Aria Resort & Casino, Sky Suites guests can wind down after a busy day by relaxing in a soaking tub with bath salts and using a relaxing sleep balm while enjoying views of the city. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "Get a Perfect Night of Sleep With These Expert Tips," 28 Apr. 2020 While straight marijuana, or flower, remains a core product, the fastest growing categories are edibles and other smokeless options—from gummies and chocolates to tinctures, breath sprays, and bath salts. Melanie Warner, Fortune, "Coronavirus gave cannabis companies a big bump in sales and it wasn’t just for the wake-and-bake set," 5 Apr. 2020 Pain pills like OxyContin, stimulants known as bath salts, prescription anti-anxiety medications like Xanax and, more recently, heroin and fentanyl were all adopted by drug users here before gaining wider use nationally. Timothy Williams, New York Times, "In a Town Where Meth Is Eclipsing Opioids, Everyone Feels the Pain," 28 Mar. 2020 Light several candles, use bath salts of your choice, and play soft music. Katie Intner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Six Easy Ways to Turn Your Bathroom Into a Spa," 23 Mar. 2020 Read 7 Uses For Lavender The Oregon Rain Soap company of Sherwood uses fresh rainwater that’s been purified and triple filtered in its products, which include soaps, lotions and bath salts ($14.95 for six 3.2 oz. salt tubes in a clear zippered bag). oregonlive, "Lotions to heal, soothe overly washed hands," 18 Mar. 2020 To enhance the spa-like moment of solitude, add some soothing bath salts. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "10 things to help you ease anxiety around coronavirus," 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bath salts

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bath salts.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bath%20salts. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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bath salts

noun plural

Medical Definition of bath salts

1 : a usually colored crystalline compound for perfuming and softening bathwater
2 : any of various synthetic, illicit, stimulant drugs that contain derivatives of cathinone (such as MDPV) and are typically sold as white or brown crystalline powders Los Angeles County health officials warned Tuesday against the use of bath salts—the designer drug involved in a series of bizarre incidents and arrests—just one week after a new study charted a skyrocketing number of calls to U.S. poison control centers about the drug.— Wesley Lowery, The Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2012 sometimes singularAlthough the man was later proven to not be under the influence of bath salt, the incident nonetheless brought the drug national attention. — Lauren McGaughy, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana), 11 Nov. 2012

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