Understanding Hallucinogens

There are various reasons why people resort to taking addictive substances such as running away from the realities of life. Even with the full knowledge of the negative side effects of using such substances, people still indulge in the activity.

Abuse of Hallucinogens

These substances are illegal and any amount used is a cause for concern. The users risk suffering serious mental, physical and emotional dependency and may hurt themselves or those close to them in the process of indulgence.
Dependency on drugs and hallucinogens addiction
Users are more likely to develop a dependency on this drug than an addiction. Overtime, the user will need more quantities of the drug to get the original high meaning that there is already a physical tolerance. There are withdrawal symptoms that come as a result of quitting the use of this drug.
A person is said to have a psychological dependency when they increase the frequency of using the drug, access the drug regardless of the cost, no longer care about their work, family and friends, continued use even with the negative effects. Depression is also very common with users of hallucinogens.

PCP (Phencyclidine)

The use of PCP as a painkiller was banned in 1965 because when the effects of this drug became worn out in the system, the users were irrational and violent.
PCP is mixed with drugs like marijuana, meth and LSD to increase the addictive element. It is presented in powder form and can be drank, smoked or infused.
An overdose of PCP can lead to unconsciousness and creation of illusions. There are a great number of deaths related to PCP especially due to suicide. PCP has other street names like peace pills, zoom, super grass, Angel dust, embalming fluid or killer weed.


This is another type of synthetic hallucinogen. It was initially used for psychiatric treatment but overtime it was discovered that it has no medicinal use. It is common with young people in their social situations like parties and clubs.
A major effect of using this type of hallucinogen is the interference of the neurotransmitters that control the perception and behavior of an individual and can make the person lose their senses as well as the sense of reality.


Commonly known as shrooms, magic mushrooms or psilocybin, they are categorized in the genus Psilocybe with over 100 types and contain hallucinogen drugs psilocin and psilocybin. It is highly addictive and has no known medicinal use. The effects of using magic mushroom include impaired judgement, heightened senses, panic attacks, fear, nightmares and a sense of hopelessness.

Peyote and mescaline

Mescaline is a psychedelic element found in peyote cactus. A person using mescaline or peyote displays signs like losing track of time, unsure of reality, clear mental images, unclear perception of space etc.

Bath salts

There is no chemical composition in this mixture of manufactured stimulant. There are serious effects of ingesting bath salts such as hallucinations of seeing ogres and evil spirits.

Salvia Divinorum

This is a psychoactive stimulant that can make someone has mental dreams and trips. Also known as diviner’s sage or sage of the seers, this substance can make the user grow wings and feel as if they are floating or flying through life. Dizziness, lack of coordination and nausea are other effects of using this drug. This drug is legal in the US.


Gamma-hydroxybutyric is a is present in human cells and it affects the system by compressing the functions of the central nervous system and the effects on the user depends on how much was taken and if it was combined with other substances.
Some of the common effects include confusion, a slowed heart rate, lack of coordination and reduced inhibitions.

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