Quaaludes (methaqualone) are a synthetic, barbiturate-like, central nervous system depressant and a popular recreational drug in the U.S. from the 1960s until the 1980s.
They refer back to a period when Quaalude was taken as a recreational drug – so much so that the sedative pill has been banned in the US for over 30 years.
Quaalude is a tradename for methaqualone, which was first synthesised in 1951 in India. Germany and Japan were the first big markets, where the drug racked up an extensive record of addiction and abuse. In the UK it was known as Mandrax, a name still used in South Africa.
Methaqualone (Quaaludes) is absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract. The effects begin to take place 20-45 minutes after ingestion. The high can last between 4 and 8 hours, but will depend on how much the user took. Because the drug can cause sedation, the typical user will force them self to stay awake, once the drowsiness has subsided, the user will feel a dissociative high.