Hallucinogens are drugs that cause the individual taking them to experience something that is not real. Some individuals hear sounds, see images and experience feelings that although are very vivid, are not real. Illicit drugs such as LSD, Mushrooms, Mescaline and Cannabis or Marijuana, distort the mind into a false perception by interfering with the brain’s normal function such as changing how the nerve cells and serotonin work together in the brain and spinal cord. As a result, individuals who have hallucinogenic drug abuse are at risk for developing mental disorders and psychoses later in life.
Hallucinogen Side Effects
Individuals who take hallucinogens commonly experience frequent and erratic mood swings. This is due largely to the fact that the drugs affect the body’s ability of self-regulate. Other side effects from using hallucinogenic drugs include:
- Paranoia and anxiety
- Fear and panic attacks
- Trance like state
- Chills and shakes
- Light sensitivity
- Increase in blood sugar and blood pressure
- Heart attack and seizures
Chronic long-term abuse may lead to withdrawal symptoms which can make it difficult to quit on your own. Withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Decreased appetite
Depending on the type of hallucinogen drug abuse, it may be necessary for you to enter a medical detox program to eliminate the chemical toxins from your body from drug use. After successfully completing detox, a rehab treatment program can help you start a new life that is free from drug abuse and addiction.
Flashbacks are probably the side effect that is most often associated with this type of drug abuse. Flashbacks can occur weeks, months and even years later, often producing the same thoughts and feelings that were experienced at the time of use. Although flashbacks happen more often with LSD users, they can happen with any hallucinogenic drug, without warning and at anytime.
Hallucinogenic drug abuse has been linked to mental illness for many years. A study conducted by The Johns Hopkins University revealed that individuals who took LSD experienced lifelong struggles with mental depression, anguish, mental breakdowns and schizophrenia. While the study did not suggest that use of the drug caused mental illness, it determined that the drug was linked to the appearance of mental illness later. The study further showed that people with bipolar disorder, manic depression and anxiety disorder have the potential to have a psychotic break under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs and that abuse may make worse those conditions.
Abuse of Other Medications
Individuals who are taking anti-psychotic medications may start to experiment with their own medication as a result of the effects of using hallucinogens. It is not uncommon for some individuals to experience very violent behavior, along with uncontrollable rage. Further, they may be tempted to increase their medication as a result of the side effects from the hallucinogens.
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