What Are Hallucinogens?
Hallucinogens are a type of drug that cause subjective changes in thought, emotion, perception and consciousness. Examples of hallucinogens include mushrooms, acid (LSD), ketamine, PCP, dextromethorphan and peyote (mescaline drug). 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.
Although hallucinogens are rarely life-threatening, they can lead to death in an indirect manner. This is primarily due to the fact that 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.
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.
Similar to other types of hallucinogens, LSD is a powerful drug that causes users to temporarily have a distorted sense of reality. 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 with the intention of becoming 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.