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If Psychedelics are not as Addictive as Other Drugs, What’s the Harm?

Psychedelic drug abuse can cause many adverse short and long term side effects that you should become aware of.

If you or a loved one has a tendency towards abusing psychedelics, you may not realize the potential harm that these drugs can bring, simply because they don’t seem as impactful as other severely addictive drugs.

However, it is important to understand the damage you are causing to your body and what you should do once you are aware of this information.

Short Term Effects

According to NIDA, hallucinogens such as LSD or Psilocybin have the ability to distort a person’s perception of reality and create sensations or images that seem or feel real, but are all due to the drug.

Some users may enjoy the state that the psychedelics put them in as it gives them a hyper-awareness or new understanding, but these drugs can also cause nightmare-like symptoms, increased heart rate, and anxiety. Depending on the specific drug, there may also be other physical symptoms to make the user ill or nervous.

Long Term Effects

Other Drugs

Anxiety and increased heart rate are common symptoms of psychedelic abuse.

Over long periods of use, a user’s tolerance to psychedelics will increase, leading to higher amounts being required in order to achieve that state of euphoria or distortion that they may be seeking. Although these drugs may not be as addictive as other forms of drugs, an individual may still return to them seeking that euphoric feeling, and find themselves steadily increasing intake of the drugs and increasing risk of severe side effects.

High doses of hallucinogens can cause seizures or accidental injury from delusions produced by the drugs. If you or a loved one are taking large doses of these drugs, seek professional advice by calling 800-609-2774 (Who Answers?) to speak with a specialist.

Why Should You Stop?

Perhaps you have assessed the potential risks for side effects and determined that as long as you keep your doses of hallucinogens to a reasonable amount, then you won’t face risk of addiction or harm from these drugs.

It is important that you also recognize the fact that how these drugs work is by altering your brain and affecting your perceptions and mood, which in no way can be healthy for your body or brain. Drugs such as LSD are highly unpredictable, and while research is incomplete as to how they link with mental health, you are facing unknown and unpredictable risks by continuing abuse of psychedelics.

A study reported by NCBI highlights just how difficult it is to research the effects and treatment for hallucinogens, which should display just how little you really know about what the drugs are doing to your body. While they may not demonstrate an addictive property or severe withdrawals like other drugs, they still have the ability to cause damage in your brain in various ways.

If you or a loved one are dealing with psychedelic drug abuse, call 800-609-2774 (Who Answers?) to speak with a caring specialist who can answer any of your questions or concerns. They will be able to talk with you about the substances you are putting into your body and the next steps you should take towards overcoming this.

How Psychedelic Drug Effects are Harmful

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