I'm thinking about trying a drug just to see what it's like...
Thanks for your question. It's quite common for some young people to be curious about experimenting with drugs. It is always useful to consider a number of things before you go ahead.
Firstly it might be worth clarifying why you're interested in trying drugs. Some people simply want to have an experience of an altered state, whereas others want to escape from difficult life experiences or strong negative emotions. It is often best to be clear about your true motivations, especially in light of the fact that trying drugs as a way to escape or to manage negative emotions may lead to negative outcomes such as a scary drug experience or a continuing to need to take drugs to feel better.
The next few things that are important to think about are:
a) Your current mental state. If you are prone to anxiety or depression, trying any kind of drug can make these things worse. You also may not be able to experience the positive effects of any type of drug because the drug itself may trigger these states, leading to an unpleasant experience such as paranoia or heightened anxiety or a bad trip. It is worth noting that even if you don't experience anxiety and depression, taking drugs can in some cases trigger these things.
b) Family history of mental illness. Having a history of family mental illness can make you more likely to experience a psychotic episode. There is evidence that people who have a history of family mental illness and who smoke cannabis are at higher risk of experiencing drug-induced psychosis.
c) Your physical health. Drugs can negatively affect your physical health in the long and in the short term (e.g. memory loss, reduced ability to make good decisions, damaged heart, liver etc.) because you are introducing chemicals into your body. It is also worth mentioning that your brain doesn't stop growing until you are about 26. Taking drugs does affect brain development.
Finally, you asked which drug is the safest to try. Truthfully there is no safest drug. All drugs have the potential for harm. Alcohol is a drug that most people might consider a "soft" drug. In reality, it's the drug responsible for the most deaths in young people. Some people think that cannabis is a safer drug than other illicit drugs, however in some cases it can trigger serious mental health issues and damage a person's memory and seriously affect motivation in the long term. Heroin is also very dangerous because it is highly physically addictive and easy to overdose on.
My point is all drugs carry the potential for harm. If you are serious about trying any one of them, I strongly advise you to do your research about the potential side effects. I'd also recommend that you make sure there is someone else with you if you do try a drug in case you react badly and need medical or psychological help. For example, some people who have taken a "bad" ecstasy pill have needed urgent medical attention. Some people smoke cannabis for the first time and are overwhelmed by anxiety, panic or paranoia and need psychological help.
If you do decide to try a drug, only have a small amount first, and wait a while (at least 1.5 hours) before deciding if you want to try more. This is in case the drug is bad, very strong or you simply don't like its effect. Only take one drug at a time because mixing drugs can have potentially lethal effects.
Hope this information helps.