Hallucinogens are one of the most potent categorized families of drugs known to mankind. For the past 40 years, Hallucinogens such as LSD, PCP and Magic Mushrooms attracted many Americans. Certain social era left many Americans wanting to turn on, tune in and drop out through use of Hallucinogenic drug. Nearly all Hallucinogens available contain the molecule, nitrogen and are classified as alkaloids. Many Hallucinogens have chemical structures that are identical to natural chemicals within a brain called neurotransmitters.
These drugs are known to cause a distorted sense of time, as well as heightened awareness and senses. It is common for individuals who are under the influence of Hallucinogenic drugs to act out in an irrational and erratically fashion. Even though, Hallucinogens are not typically known to be physically addicting, these drugs much like all other mind-altering substances, have psychologically addictive properties. Evidence has shown indication that select Hallucinogens have addictive qualities and that individual may end up developing a tolerance the drug taken.
Similarly, some Hallucinogenic drugs have addictive properties that create a tolerance that is like tolerance to other drugs. A good example is LSD, due to LSD not being considered addictive. This is because the drug does not produce out of control drug obsessive behaviors. However, LSD does have the ability to produce a psychological tolerance. LSD psychological tolerance, often referred to as addiction happened due to extensive use, which does require an individual to increase dosage to produce the same type of effect that he or she initially experiences.
Also, this kind of use is very dangerous, given the unknown potential of Hallucinogenic drugs. Having developed a psychological addiction, one can become obsessed with the spiritual journeys that they experience, or even more so, they can develop an addiction to the sounds and visual effects produced, among many other things. Hallucinogen use, abuse and dependence is hazardous to a person’s overall health and wellness.
Hallucinogens whether used once or abused regularly can permanently damage an individual’s serotonin receptors. Serotonin receptors undergo an impact to the point where the individual will no longer experience his or her own senses the same way. It’s a possibility that the body will never taste food and drink the same again after using Hallucinogenic drugs. Moreover, an individual may never feel or smell or experience things in the same way. Unfortunately, many people later discover that their sense of smell has completely disappeared. The taste of an individual’s favorite food will never be like as they remember. Hallucinogens are reported to be used in several ways.
For PCP, this drug is often consumed orally through gelatin or liquid forms, licked off paper, smoked, injected or placed in one’s eyes. For Hallucinogens such as Mescaline and Peyote are most often taken in tablet or capsule form, as well as being smoked. Magic mushrooms are typically chewed then swallowed. This list of ways that Hallucinogens are used is minimal and the route of Hallucinogen administration for abuse is vastly wide and ever changing. How long certain effects of Hallucinogens impact an individual will ultimately vary depending on the his or her psychological and physiological chemistry, however there is a generalized time frame for the different types of each Hallucinogen.
When taking a Hallucinogen, it usually takes about 1-5 minutes for the user to experience effects after smoking or injecting the drug. If the drug is snorted or ingested, it could take up to 30 minutes for it to reach its full effect. More specifically, PCP trips being in about 2-5 minutes, it peaks at 20 minutes and can last 6 hours. LSD effects take about 30-90 minutes and can last as long as 12 hours, if not longer.
Mescaline takes approximately 60 minutes to reach its full impact and is known to last up to 12 hours. Mushrooms start at about 15 minutes and can last up to 9 hours. Again, even if the Hallucinogenic drugs are not known to cause a physical addiction, an individual may experience a psychological addiction. Hallucinogenic substances come in many different forms, with various appearances. Although the following list describes what certain Hallucinogenic forms look like, the list is not all inclusive. The Hallucinogen PCP, is reported in a liquid form as well as white crystalline powder, pills or capsules.
LSD has been discovered in colored tablets, blotter paper, clear liquid, and thin squares of gelatin. Reports on Mescaline or Peyote records that drug looking like hard dark brown discs, tablets, or capsules, while magic Mushrooms are either fresh or dried out plant particles. In present day society, Hallucinogens are popular for social interactions, recreational purposes and just for fun. Although being able to hallucinate and experience an alteration in perception as well as reality may seem enticing to some people, the overall risk of using, abusing or becoming psychologically dependent on the drugs is life or death.