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Hallucinogens

Written by: Editorial Staff.

Hallucinogens are a class of drugs that distort perceptions of reality. Hallucinogens are a type of drug that cause subjective changes in thought, emotion, perception and consciousness. Although hallucinogens are rarely life-threatening, they can indirectly lead to death.

This is primarily because a hallucinogen tends to alter the perception of reality for users, which can lead them to drastic measures such as jumping off of buildings, getting into a car accident, or other dangerous activities

Examples of Hallucinogens include:

The ‘hallucinations’ which are caused by some of these kinds of drugs may make you see, hear, smell, taste or feel things that are not real. Hallucinogens often intensify the mood that a user is in at the time of consumption.

Hallucinogens are man-made or can be acquired from plants or mushrooms. They are divided in two types:

  • Classic hallucinogens (LSD)
  • Dissociative drugs (PCP)

How Do Hallucinogens Work?

Classic hallucinogens affect neural circuits in the brain because of involvement in the neurotransmitter serotonin. Dissociative drugs primarily disrupt the actions of the brain’s glutamate system. Regions of brain affect hallucinogens control mood, sleep, hunger, and body temperature and muscle control

Side Effects of Hallucinogens

The signs that indicate when a person is on PCP, also known as angel dust, are quite obvious in most cases. Some of them include slurred speech, dizziness and spontaneous movement of the eyes. PCP users can also experience a variety of sensations as a result of consuming the drug.

One effect of PCP is disassociation of time and space, which causes users to be completely unaware of where they may be at the current moment or when they arrived there. Other effects of PCP include feelings of weightlessness and elation. On the other hand, they can also experience extreme paranoia resulting from disturbing hallucinations. Additionally, some of the more severe side effects of PCP include seizures, violent episodes and even death.

Like other hallucinogens, LSD is a powerful drug that causes users to have a distorted sense of reality temporarily. Effects of LSD include hallucinations that involve seeing different colors and light patterns, feelings of new thoughts and self-discovery, flashbacks of past hallucinations and sometimes depression.

LSD side effects can include paranoia and sleeplessness. In rare cases, the hallucinations that some people experience under the influence of LSD have led them to take their own life.

More often than not, individuals begin experimenting with drugs to appease their curiosity or escape from their problems. However, drug usage tends to only worsen one’s problems or cause additional problems. Nobody begins taking a certain drug to become addicted to the substance.

Nonetheless, dependency can easily and rapidly develop as a result of repeated use. If you or someone that you know is struggling with a drug addiction problem, it is very important to get help as soon as possible and overcome the habit before it’s too late, and a drug intervention is usually required to begin this process.

Higher Doses Affect On Body

Higher doses of hallucinogens leave a negative impact on the body. When a person overdoses it means the person has taken more amounts of hallucinogen than the body to cope with. It increases the risk of overdose. Overdose of PCP results in depressed breathing, coma, seizures and death.