Some of the common information that people have about psychedelic drugs is stereotyped or heavily generalized. Sometimes, that information is skewed by representation in the public eye or through media. Before you call 800-609-2774 (Who Answers?) for more information on treatment options, you should understand what the effect psychedelics have on the brain.
The Immediate Effects
It can be hard to predict the effect a drug has on a person, the DEA says, and often depends on the person’s brain and body chemistry.
However there are usually some common effects that each user experiences. Often, the immediate effect psychedelics have is on the chemical levels in the brain, which control how the brain functions and responds to stimuli.
Most psychedelic users report a sensation of euphoria, changes in sensitivity, and alternating energy levels. The person may experience hallucinations, confusion, and paranoia as a result of the drug’s use. The strength of the effect and the effect itself depends on the type of psychedelic used, how much was taken, and if it was combined with any other substance.
The Short Term
Some of the immediate effects can continue long after the drug was taken and may worsen if there is continued use. Once again, the short term effects of psychedelics depends on the drug, the dosage, and if it was mixed.
The NIDA suggests that some psychedelics like LSD can affect a person’s concept and recognition of reality. The person’s thought processes and communication abilities can be compromised momentarily. Sometimes, the effects can last for several days after taking the drug as the chemical levels in the brain return to normal.
Common effects of psychedelics on the brain can include dizziness, sleeplessness, rapid mood swings, impulsiveness, and changes in sense perception.
The experiences a person has while under the influence of a psychedelic is often referred to as a “trip” and while some are pleasant, others can be terrible. A bad trip can cause the person to have moments of temporary insanity and unexplainable fear.
High levels of anxiety have also been reported as a result of bad trips. The effects can sometimes last for a few days, depending on the severity of the trip and the dosage.
The Long Term
Drugs of any kind can permanently alter the chemical balances and function of the mind, leading to long term effects. As most users will develop a tolerance with prolonged use, the effects can become stronger, last longer, and be more severe over time.
Many long term effects on the brain from psychedelics have led to misdiagnoses of neurological disorders like brain tumors and strokes. Usually, the long term effects involve persistent psychosis where the drug’s effects really never go away. The person’s thinking and communication abilities may be permanently altered by prolonged use.
They may become irrationally paranoid and fearful. Hallucinations and other visual disturbances can be frequent, even when the drug is not in the person’s system and hasn’t been for a long time. Any changes in mood or personality may also be a permanent long term effect of psychedelics.
If you or a loved one has an addiction to psychedelics, please call 800-609-2774 (Who Answers?) for more information on what treatment options are available to you.