Hallucinogens: LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide, acid, morning glory seeds), PCP (phencyclidine, angel dust), Psilocybin, (magic mushroons), ketamine (special K), Peyote

Hallucinogens are a group of drugs that alter a person’s awareness of their surroundings as well as their own thoughts and feelings. They are commonly split into two categories:hallucinogens (e.g. LSD) and dissociative drugs (such as PCP). Both types of hallucinogens can cause hallucinations – “seeing or feeling things” that are not there.  Dissociative drugs can cause a person to feel “disconnected” from their surroundings and their body..

Hallucinogens are either extracted from plants or mushrooms or man made (synthetic). They are used for religious or healing rituals, but also for recreational purposes or to relieve stress. Hallucinogens work by temporarily disrupting the connection between brain chemistry and the spinal cord. Hallucinogens interfere with the brain chemical serotonin. Serotonin regulates: mood, hunger, body temperature, sleep, sensory perception, etc.

Dissociative hallucinogens interfere with the brain chemical glutamate. Glutamate regulates: perception of pain and  environment, emotions and memory.

Classic hallucinogens can cause people to see, hear and feel sensations that seem real but do not exist. The effects can last as long as 12 hours (LSD) or as short as 15 minutes (synthetic DMT). Hallucinogen users refer to the experiences brought on by these drugs as “trips” and if unpleasant, as a “bad trip.” There are several emotional changes associated with hallucinogen experimentation. Two of the most common include increased anxiety and depression