How Are Hallucinogens Dangerous?
The side effect of hallucinations makes these drugs popular at parties and sought after by young people, despite even one “trip” producing hazardous effects. Besides hallucinations, short-term mental and emotional effects include intense mood swings, delusions, distorted perceptions, anxiety, increased fear, and paranoia. Additionally, the user can experience physical side effects like sleeplessness, loss of appetite, and tremors, as well as increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure.
Hallucinogens can also have severe long-term side effects including psychoses and other mental disorders, as well as persistent panic attacks or experiences similar to flashbacks. While hallucinogens themselves are not life-threatening, an instance such as accidental suicide can also occur due to an altered perception of reality.
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) – This hallucinogen was first synthesized from a fungus on rye, and now comes in the form of tablets, capsules, liquid, or paper soaked in the drug that is placed on the tongue for absorption.
Peyote – Derived from the spineless cactus plant, this hallucinogen’s active ingredient is mescaline. The drug causes highs that can last up to 12 hours when dried parts of the cactus are chewed or soaked.
Psilocybin (mushrooms) – Certain mushrooms from Mexico and Central America cause hallucinogenic highs that can last 6 hours when eaten or brewed in tea.
PCP (phencyclidine) – This hallucinogenic drug was originally developed as an anesthetic but was discontinued due to its extreme effects. PCP is now abused in the form of tablets, capsules, or powder that is smoked, snorted, or eaten.
What is the Best New Jersey Rehab for Abuse of Hallucinogens?
If you or someone you know is having issues with substance abuse, the Discovery Institute can help. Our facilities offer detox, therapy, aftercare, and even intervention services. Contact us to learn more about our programs.