Hallucinogens are a widely used category of drugs that are well known for producing pleasurable feelings, hallucinations, delusions, and psychosis. Every incident of hallucinogen use will differ depending on the user and the situation in which they abuse the drug. An example of this may be a user experiencing a specific effect on LSD in one instance, and experiencing a completely different effect while on the same drug in the following occurrence that it is taken.
Hallucinogens are highly unpredictable and, because each high differs, they are extremely dangerous. Users can experience “bad trips,” and can act out in aggressive and violent manners during these. Long-term users may suffer from irrational thoughts and delusions, among other side effects. It is important to understand all of the facts and seek professional help if you believe you may be developing an addiction.
What Are Hallucinogens?
Hallucinogens are a group of drugs that alter sensory and perception processors in the brain. They have been used for centuries, most often in religious rituals. They cause the user to hallucinate and certain types can create out of control or disconnected feelings. Some common hallucinogens are LSD, peyote, DXM, ketamine, PCP, and salvia. Hallucinogens can be used in a wide variety of ways, from smoking to being brewed in tea. Short-term general effects are increased heart rate, nausea, panic, and a loss of time. Long-term effects of certain hallucinogens include speech problems, depression, anxiety, and poor memory. There is evidence to indicate that hallucinogens are addictive, but the greatest danger is that they can produce tolerance to other drugs and lead to uncontrolled drug seeking behavior¹.