What are Psychedelic Drugs?
Psychedelic drugs are drugs that impair a user’s senses and cause hallucinations. According to the NSW Department of Health, hallucinogens are drugs that cause a user’s brain to affect their senses and cause hallucinations. Hallucinations are when a person sees, hears, smells, tastes and touches things that do not exist. Hallucinogen drugs are sometimes called psychedelic drugs.
Many psychedelic drugs, such as ketamine and PCP, were once drugs commonly used in the medical field to help people with sedation; however the adverse effects of the drugs backfired resulting in the drugs discontinued in the medical field. Psychedelic drugs can cause a person to see vivid and lifelike hallucinations which can cause them to act in ways that they are unaware they are doing. For example, if a person sees their friend in real life as a monster in their hallucination they may decide to fight their friend.
Psychedelic drug abuse can result in a person making extremely regretful mistakes and can cause significant organ damage if they take too much of the drug. Psychedelic drugs can cause a person’s heart rate to increase to the point of cardiac arrest and can cause their blood pressure to get up too high. Moreover, psychedelic drugs completely alter a person’s brain chemical makeup causing them to have depletions in brain chemicals when the drug leaves their system.
About Psychedelic Drug Abuse and Addiction
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2007, more than 22.7 million people 12 years of age or older reported using LSD at least once in their lifetime, and 6.1 million people 12 years of age or older reported using PCP. Moreover, approximately 620,000 people admitted to using LSD in the past year and 137,000 reported using PCP in the past year.
Psychedelic drugs are commonly abused, especially in the young adult population, but they are also extremely dangerous and people who abuse these drugs cannot stop the effects of the drugs once they occur. If a person develops an addiction to psychedelic drugs they will be causing severe damage to their body if they do not receive help. Psychedelic drugs not only affect a person’s mind, but they also overwork a person’s body which can cause them to have permanent organ damage or have a sudden stroke or heart attack. In addition, people who abuse psychedelic drugs have a higher chance of putting themselves into dangerous situations which can lead to them accidentally hurting or killing themselves.