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Hallucinogenic Drugs List

Hallucinogenic drugs can cause a variety of physical and psychological effects. Here is a list of the most common ones.

Hallucinogenic drugs are substances that can cause extreme psychological effects on those who abuse them, specifically hallucinations, severe mood changes, and a distorted sense or reality. According to the NIDA, “While the exact mechanisms by which hallucinogens exert their effects remain unclear, research suggests that these drugs work, at least partially, by temporarily interfering with neurotransmitter action or by binding to their receptor sites.”

There are several different types of hallucinogenic drugs, all of which can be extremely potent and cause severe delusions. It can also be difficult to determine whether or not these effects will be positive or negative, depending on a number of different factors.

List of Hallucinogenic Drugs

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LSD is a common hallucinogenic drug.

Some of the most common, recreationally abused hallucinogenic drugs are

  • LSD (d-lysergic acid diethylamide)
    • Street names: acid, boomers, doses, sugar cubes, purple haze, tabs, blue cheer, hits
    • Methods of use: According to CESAR, “The most common form of LSD is a liquid that has been transferred onto a small paper square.” The square is usually chewed and swallowed. It can also be inhaled or injected.
    • Short-term effects: hallucinations, distorted sense of time and space, synethesia, nausea, sweating, palpitations, dry mouth
    • Long-term effects: drug-induced psychosis, hallucinogen persisting perception disorder, tolerance
  • Psilocybin
    • Street names: caps, mushrooms, shrooms, sherm, magic mushrooms, silly putty
    • Methods of use: ingested whole, sprinkled onto food, brewed as tea, or dried and crushed into a powder
    • Short-term effects: nausea, hallucinations, sense of detachment from the body, tension, pupil dilation, numbness, “heightened sensory experiences and perceptual distortions” (CESAR)
    • Long-term effects: issues similar to LSD
  • Peyote
    • Street names: bad seed, half moon, P, hikori
    • Methods of use: chewed, ingested as a liquid, or ground into a powder and smoked
    • Short-term effects: chills, nausea, hallucinations, past experiences melding with the present, distorted senses, mood changes
    • Long-term effects: issues similar to LSD and psilocybin
  • PCP
    • Street names: angel dust, zoom, boat, amp, belladonna
    • Methods of use: ingested, snorted, injected, or smoked, often sprinkled into other drugs
    • Short-term effects: nausea, salivation, hallucinations, “bizarre or hostile behavior,” violence, anxiety, irregular heartbeat, depression, agitation, euphoria, staring, confusion, terror, muscular rigidity, decreased sensitivity to pain (CESAR)
    • Long-term effects: addiction, toxic psychosis, tolerance, dependence, flashbacks, severe paranoia, mental illness, stuttering, memory problems, suicidal behavior
  • Salvia divinorum
    • Street names: leaves of Mary/the shepherdess, magic mint, la hembra, ska pastora
    • Methods of use: smoked, chewed as quid, vaporized and inhaled, mixed as a drink
    • Short-term effects: chills, hallucinations, decreased heart rate, dizziness, nausea, coordination problems
    • Long-term effects: unknown
  • MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine)
    • Street names: E, X, molly, ecstasy, go, love drug
    • Methods of use: usually ingested as a tablet, may also be smoked or snorted
    • Short-term effects: euphoria, heat exhaustion/dehydration, anxiety, relaxation, empathy, heightened senses, hallucinations
    • Long-term effects: paranoia, cravings, depression, dependence, tolerance, addiction

Hallucinogens are any drugs that can cause a distorted sense of reality and perceptions as well as intense visions, sounds, or sensations that aren’t really there. These drugs are abused recreationally for exactly these reasons but may be extremely dangerous. They can all cause intense, harmful reactions in the short term, and some may cause addiction, mental disorders, and dependence in the long term.

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