There are two types of Hallucinogens, ones that occur naturally that are found in plants and fungi or man-made products that are synthetically produced. The term hallucinogen is an umbrella for many different types of drugs. They are among the oldest known group of drugs and are used for their ability to alter human perception and mood. Hallucinogens come in a variety of forms, three of the most popular being hallucinogenic mushrooms, MDMA (ecstasy tablets) and LSD. Ecstasy tablets come in many different colors and have a variety of logos to attract users. LSD is sold in the form of impregnated paper (blotter acid), typically imprinted with colorful graphic designs. These three drugs are the most commonly abused among high school students.

Hallucinogens are typically taken orally but they can also be smoked. Sensory effects include perceptual distortions that vary with dose, setting and mood. Psychic effects include distortions of thought associated with time and space. Time may appear to stand still as well as colors and shapes seem to change and take on new significance. Physiological effects include elevated heart rate, increased blood pressure and dilated pupils. Deaths exclusively from acute overdose of LSD, magic mushrooms and mescaline are extremely rare. Deaths generally occur due to suicide, accidents, dangerous behavior or due to the person inadvertently eating poisonous plant material.

The user may experience “flashbacks” or fragmentary recurrences of certain aspects of the drug experience without actually taking the drug. Flashbacks can occur weeks or even months after some hallucinogens have been used. The occurrence of a flashback is unpredictable, but is more likely to occur during times of stress and seems to occur more frequently in younger individuals. With time, these episodes diminish and become less intense.

A severe overdose of PCP and ketamine can result in respiratory depression, coma, convulsions, seizures and death due to respiratory arrest. Many hallucinogens are Schedule I under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that they have a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medicinal use for treatment in the United States and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.

Street names of hallucinogens include: Acid, Blotter, Blotter Acid, Cubes, Doses, Fry, Mind Candy, Mushrooms, Shrooms, Special K, STP, X, and XTC.

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