Ten Things you Should Know about Hallucinogens

  1. Most hallucinogens are made in illegal labs [lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), phencyclidine (PCP), Ecstasy], but some are formed naturally (Magic Mushrooms, Jimson Weed).
  2. The side effects of taking a hallucinogen vary greatly (from euphoria to terror). Hallucinogens dramatically affect perception (observation), emotions (mood), and mental processes (thought).
  3. When using hallucinogens, sense of time and space may be altered with users feeling disconnected or “out of body”. Concentration becomes more challenging and hallucinations are more likely to occur when taken in higher amounts.
  4. While variable from one hallucinogen to another, physical effects may include: quivering, increased blood pressure, heart rate and temperature, dilated pupils, heightened or merged sense of hearing, smell and vision, muscle weakness and impaired motor skills and coordination.
  5. Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), also known as acid, and blotter, is the most powerful hallucinogen, as its effects can be felt with very small doses.
  6. Phencyclidine (PCP), also known as angel dust, horse tranquilizer, or hog, may lead to a sudden decrease in blood pressure, heart rate and respiration, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and reduced sensitivity to pain. It is dangerous and unpredictable.
  7. Ecstasy, also known as XTC, or E, has effects similar to amphetamines and hallucinogens. It intensifies emotions and senses creating stimulant and psychedelic effects. Ecstasy-related deaths are associated with high body temperature and dehydration.
  8. Psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms, or ‘shrooms, can produce dramatic sensory effects in large doses.
  9. Side effects include: wooziness, nausea, difficulty speaking, anxiety and shivering. Users can never be completely sure of what drug or how much of a particular drug they are taking as hallucinogens are usually prepared “underground” and can be laced with other drugs and toxins.
  10. Using a hallucinogen may result in a “bad trip” that can lead to deep depression, anxiety and, or psychotic episodes. It is also possible to have flashbacks days to months after a “trip”.