Does Valium Get You High?

Is there anyone that hasn’t heard of Valium before?

The drug, a brand name for Valium, is a Benzodiazepine medication that creates a calming effect on the body and is employed clinically to treat anxiety, withdrawal symptoms from other compounds, muscle spasms, seizures, you name it.

Unfortunately, the drug has become infamous for its abuse potential and its rather notorious withdrawal effects.

If taken carefully, though, some users report that a manageable but, still pleasurable recreational Valium high can be achieved.

A Potent Benzodiazepine

Valium is the brand name for Diazepam. It is a Benzodiazepine used to affect the chemicals in the brain and treat anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, muscle spasms, and other health issues.

It’s potent and effective in many cases, but carries with it a very real risk for abuse, misuse, and withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it suddenly after being on it for a while.

In addition to these uses, Valium also has several off-label uses as well. Namely, it can be used for the short-term treatment of insomnia, panic attacks, and can be combined with other drugs to aid in the treatment of tetanus.

Diazepam quickly gained immense popularity with doctors and patients. Between 1969 and 1982, Valium was the most prescribed drug in the US, and sales peaked in 1978 with more than 2.3 billion pills sold that year.

The drug is even on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. Since the Patent for the drug expired in 1985, over 500 manufacturers have marketed the drug. This should give you an idea of just how popular Valium was, and still is to some degree.

Recreational Use

Valium was created in the rush to bring potent Benzodiazepines to market in the middle part of the last century:

“After the success of Librium, the race was on to create more BZDs for the market. The second successful compound was diazepam, which was introduced in 1963 with the trade name Valium.

Articles like the Wall Street Journal’s “An Anxious History Of Valium,” will paint the picture of an aging chemical past its prime, particularly in the face of newer options like Xanax, but Valium use is still alive and kicking, seeing a spike in use over recent years:

“The number of admissions to treatment centers for tranquilizer use increased approximately sevenfold in the decade from 2003 to 2012, and admissions for diazepam have increased by a similar amount. This suggests that whatever factors are increasing sedative abuse overall are affecting Valium abuse as well.”

All this begs the question, what about Valium has recreational users running to it in droves? I decided to research some first hand accounts for some perspective into this phenomenon.

What Does Valium High Feel Like?

There seems to be something of a consensus among Reddit users. Maybe. A little bit. There are certainly users who feel it to be superior to Xanax:

“So I’m not really into benzos but i take Xanax from time to time. I never liked it because it makes me tired, anti-social, confused, and gives me amnesia. However today I took 25mg Valium and it actually gave me a nice sense of relaxation throughout my body and made me feel talkative and in a great mood.”

Users caution against going too deep with the drug, though:

“Try to only use them once or twice a week at most. Don’t start doing reckless high doses and don’t carry a lot of benzos on you if you have a habit of taking more once you start