Drug Abuse of Hallucinogens Essay

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Commonly known Hallucinogen drugs are LSD, also known as acid or mellow yellow; PCP, also known as angel dust, tic tac, super grass, or rocket fuel; Psilocybin also known as “shrooms” or magic mushrooms; DMT; and Peyote. Hallucinogen drugs alter human perception and mood by changing the user’s sense of reality. Effects of hallucinogenic drug abuse are unpredictable and the intensity varies on the dose amount. Common effects of abuse include an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, feelings of detachment from self and surroundings, nausea, vomiting, panic reactions, delusions, blurred vision, dizziness, and hallucinations (Drug-rehabilitation). “According to a study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse, 36 percent of Southern …show more content…
LSD is usually taken orally in the form of pills or sometimes a liquid; added to absorbent paper which is equivalent to one dose, lasting about 12 hours (Teen Challenge). PCP have a distinctive bitter taste and can be in the form of pills or different colored crystalline powders that can be snorted, smoked or orally ingested; depending on the form of digestion and dose, effect usually last between 4-6 hours (Teen Challenge). Psilocybin are “mushrooms usually available fresh or dried, typically taken orally,” (Teen Challenge) and is biologically active. The chemicals in Psilocybin to get high do not diminish when frozen or cooked; sometimes brewed as tea or added to food and the effects usually appear within 20 minutes of ingestion and last 6 hours (Teen Challenge). Peyote is a cacti which the top - referred to as the crown is cut from the roots and dried up, usually chewed or soaked in water to produce an intoxicating liquid; sometimes prepared into a tea by boiling the cacti for several hours to mask its bitter taste and have 0.3-0.5 grams of mescaline which lasts about 12 hours (Teen Challenge).
The effects of hallucinogenic drugs are not well understood and do not alway produce hallucinations but do produce changes in perception, thought and mood (Pamf). LSD users experience several mood swings at once or rapidly. High doses LSD produce delusions and visual hallucinations; sense of time and self

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