Hallucinogens, very common in the 1960's and 1970's are still a problem with modern day society and can lead to severe addiction and permanent brain damage. The most commonly abused hallucinogens are substances like LSD, acid, mushrooms, and mescaline. These drugs change the user's perception of themselves and their surroundings. Read here about hallucinogens, their dangerous effects, addiction and recovery from abuse.
Physical risks are increased heart rate or blood pressure, tremors, no muscular coordination, sleeplessness, convulsions, coma, incoherent speech, decreased sensitivity to pain, heart or lung failure, dry mouth, dilated pupils,
Psychological risks include depression, anxiety, paranoia, extreme mood swings, violent behavior, confusion, flashbacks, schizophrenic psychosis behavior, delusions.
Hallucinogen effect a person's sensations, perceptions, self-awareness, emotions and thinking.
Drugs in the hallucinogen class include LSD, mescaline, psilocybin and DMT.
Street names for the different types of hallucinogens are: LSD-acid; Phencyclidine-angel dust, PCP; Psilocybin - magic mushrooms.
Other common names for hallucinogens dots, electric kool aid, fantasy, loony toons, ying yang.
Flashbacks may occur months or even years after use.
Signs of a hallucinogen overdose may include psychosis, muscle spams, seizures, convulsions, coma, ruptured blood vessels in the brain, heart and/or lung failure, death.
Research has shown that heavy users sometimes develop signs of organic brain damage, such as impaired memory and attention span, difficulty with abstract thinking and metal confusion.