Hallucinogens (also known as psychedelic drugs) are substances that change a person’s perception of reality. These drugs can make a person feel sensations, hear sounds, see, smell or taste thoughts that seem real but do not exist in reality.
Hallucinogens are derived from certain plants and mushrooms. These drugs come in several forms, for instance:
LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) also known as acid or trips, is a powerful drug that alters one’s mood and perception.
Psilocybin also known as magic mushroom and “shrooms.” It is produced from several types of mushrooms. It causes mind-altering effects and can be consumed raw, cooked or brewed as a tea.
Peyote (Mescaline) extracted from the peyote cactus. It comes as a white crystal powder.
DMT (Dimethyltryptamine) is a powerful chemical that comes as a white crystalline powder and can be inhaled or smoked.
Ayahuasca – also known as hoasca or aya. It is a tea made from several Amazonian plants that contain psychoactive ingredients.
Ketamine is a hallucinogenic drug that comes as tablets, powder or liquid that can be swallowed, snorted or injected.
Salvia Divinorum (salvia) is a hallucinogenic plant that causes hallucinations. It can be chewed, smoked or inhaled.
Many people use hallucinogens to relax, relieve stress and to detach from reality. But we must consider the fact that these drugs can cause adverse effects as well. The effects of hallucinogens vary in dependence of the type of drug, the person’s psychological condition, the length of time and the dosage of these drugs.
The most common side effects of hallucinogens may include hallucinations such as imagining or hearing things, time, place and direction distortion. People also can experience confusion, dizziness, clumsiness, fast heartbeat or blurred vision.