Comes in many forms, but predominantly a small 4 or 6 inch stick filled with a fluorescent fluid that gives off a small amount of light for about 6 hours.
Alternatively available in thin tube form, to wear as bracelet or necklace.
Ravers use this for the the visual effect while clubbing on MDMA (extacy) or other party drugs. The drugs cause dilated pupils altering the light perception, this makes the glow stick appear fuzzy and motion-blurred.
Overall, it's a fun toy while off your face. Very handy when raving in the woods and you can bugger all once off the dance floor.
To non-pilling dope-hating fiends (the self-proclaimed normal people), it makes you look like a hippy moron that enjoys playing with a stick. The morning after, you feel that way too.
The glowsticks are plastic capsules that conains glow items that generate light when two chemical compounds are mixed together in a process called chemiluminescense and then dilute hydrogen peroxide in a phthalate ester solvent. This process converts energy directly to light without flame or spark.
The glowstick gives off a bright light, and is cold to the touch, making it very safe. It can be used as an emergency light as they are not dependant on a power source, carrying their own.
hey, crack one open and get down with it!
Commonly seen in a rave or party type setting, the glowstick is sadly associated with drugs such as LSD, that alter your perception and cause an otherwise common glowstick to seem "fuzzy" or seem like it leaves paths in the air. While glowsticks can and are used for this reason at some raves and some parties, there are those that use glowsticks for art styles and for common entertainment, along with an emergency light source should all power suddenly go out and every battery in the house be rendered useless. Also just a fun thing to have around the house, because they commonly cause bouts of staring at the addictive glowing lights.
John: GLOWSTICKS?!? Druggie....