Hallucinogens are drugs that induce hallucinations, or in simple terms: intense change in perception of a person’s reality and awareness of his or her surroundings. They can either be obtained from natural sources, such as plants and mushrooms, or manufactured synthetically. There are two main types of hallucinogens: classic hallucinogens, such as LSD, and dissociative drugs, such as PCP. Under the influence of hallucinogens, a person can escape reality and have visions and sensations that may seem outer-worldly. Hallucinogens affect the brain as well as the rest of the human body and may affect hunger, sleep, body temperature, sex drive and body movements.

Hallucinogen Abuse

Some other common effects of hallucinogens include numbness of body, lack of self-awareness and self-control, nausea, vomiting, loss of vision, increased heart rate and breathing problems. Higher doses of these drugs can lead to amnesia, extreme panic, anger issues, and when used with high alcohol doses, can result in cardiac arrest, coma or even death.


Commonly Used Hallucinogens

  • Ketamine: Known on the streets as simply K or Special K, ketamine is used mainly as an anesthetic. It is mostly taken as pills or snorted as powder and due to its odorless and tasteless nature, is often used as a “date-rape drug.
  • LSD: This white colored, water soluble synthetic hallucinogen - also known on the street as acid, blotter, hits, sugar cubes and trips – is a popular psychedelic recreational drug.
  • Mescaline: A naturally occurring perception-altering drug found in the peyote cactus plant.
  • Peyote: Peyote is a small, spineless cactus plant found in the Chihuahua Desert and is the source from which the mescaline drug is derived.
  • PCP: Also known by street names ozone, love, rocket fuel, hog or super weed, PCP is a dissociative drug known for its hallucinogenic properties.
  • Psilocybin: Another popular hallucinogen - known in the streets as magic mushrooms, shrooms, boomers, or little smoke – psilocybin is obtained from a particular type mushroom found in the subtropical South American region, Mexico, and the USA.
  • Salvia: Common street names for salvia are sage, Maria Pastora, Sally-D and magic mint. This is a naturally occurring psychedelic plant found commonly in Southern Mexico and South America.
  • DMT: Known by the street slang Dimitri, DMT is a potent perception-altering drug derived from naturally occurring plants in the Amazon.
  • Ayahuasca: Also called aya, hoasca and yagé, Ayahuasca is a highly powerful mind-altering drug. It is taken in the form of a brew made using an extract from some specific Amazonian plants that contain DMT naturally.

If you feel any of these symptoms yourself or notice someone else under the influence of hallucinogens, get medical help immediately. IntoTreatment can give you the direction and help you need when battling hallucinogen addiction.

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