March 6, 2009, Newsletter Issue #224: What Are Hallucinogens

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A hallucinogenic drug is one that causes the user to have psychotic-like sensations and feelings of detachment and unreality. The user may "hear" colors or "see" music. The walls may look like they're melting. The user has a distorted view of objects and sounds. Users can also have hallucinations and delusions - seeing things that aren't there, and believing things that are impossible such as believing they can fly. LSD, psyillocybin mushrooms, peyote (mescaline) and jimsonweed are examples of hallucinogenic drugs. The "trip" lasts for about five hours, and mimics mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or delusional disorder. The hallucinogenic drugs are extremely dangerous; they are stored in the fatty areas of the body, such as the brain, and cause "flashbacks" days, months, or even years after the drug has been taken.

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