What are Hallucinogens?
Hallucinogens are mind-altering drugs that act on
the Central Nervous System (CNS), producing changes
to the users perception and state of mind.
When you take hallucinogens like LSD. & ‘Acid
trips’, the communication system that is linked to
receptors in your brain, is disrupted. This results
in a distortion of all 5 senses, changing the way
you sense the world around you.
When you take hallucinogens you see, hear, smell
taste and feel differently
These distortions in perception can be so radical as
to make the user confused about what is actually
real and what are hallucinations. i.e. They may see
and hear things that aren’t even there.
Some types of hallucinogens include:
LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide): The most
common hallucinogen. Sold in the form of ‘Acid
(Phencyclidine) Also called ‘Angel Dust’
What are the side effects of using hallucinogens?
Dilated (large) pupils
Rapid heart rate
Loss of appetite, nausea & vomiting
shivering & hot flushes
restless, disturbed sleep
(usually called a ‘Bad Trip’)
perception of sight, sound, touch, smell, taste
and space. (i.e. a distorted sense of distance
along with a disorientated sense of direction)
cramps & pain
instability & Sudden Mood Changes
similar to having a severe hangover
high level of tolerance develops rapidly with
regular use of Hallucinogens. This means that it
doesn’t take long before you need to take more and
more of the drug in order to experience its effects.
LSD and Pregnancy
If you are pregnant and you take LSD, you are
putting yourself at risk of miscarriage.
Furthermore, the risk of your baby being born with a
birth defect is very high.
Using hallucinogens with other drugs
Mixing Hallucinogens with other mind-altering
substances is extremely dangerous as the effects can
be both unpredictable and significantly intensified.
Driving on hallucinogens
Driving whilst under the effects of any
mind-altering drug is very dangerous! Add
hallucinations and a distorted perception of time,
space, distance and traveling speed, (as experienced
on LSD) and the results could be fatal!
What are the long term effects of using
The user needs to continuously use hallucinogens to
physically function from day to day.
The user places a greater importance on the drugs
than other activities in their life, believing that
they need the drug to get through the day.
This refers to sudden memory repetitions of
experiences that occurred whilst ‘tripping’. Flash
backs can occur for days, weeks, months or even
years after the cessation of LSD.
Some types of Hallucinogens such as MDMA (ECSTASY)
destroy the Serotonin producing neurons in the
brain. SEROTONIN is one of the body’s naturally
occurring endorphins and is essential for
maintaining a stable mood. Normally our body
produces the right quantity of Serotonin (i.e. when
we are unaffected by drugs) and this prevents us
from feeling depressed.