Anyone who’s experimented with hallucinogens like LSD, mushrooms and pot well knows the different types of “high” effects these drugs produce. As a group, hallucinogens make up a variety of different drugs, each of which produces different effects.
While LSD, mushrooms and pot may seem like completely different drug types, they actually produce many of the same effects. All three belong to the psychedelic hallucinogen class of drugs, best known for their ability to change the way the brain perceives reality.
In spite of their apparent differences in effect, LSD, mushrooms and pot have quite a bit in common.
LSD, Mushrooms and Pot – Psychedelic Hallucinogens
Whereas drugs like opiates and stimulants most affect a person’s energy levels and mood state, psychedelic hallucinogens change how the mind perceives reality. While people in throes of a psychedelic “trip” may well exhibit an increase in energy or changes in mood, these effects are reactions to the “realities” being experienced, be they hallucinations or changes in body perception.
According to Bryn Mawr College, psychedelic hallucinogens target the areas of the brain that regulate cognition, sensory perception and emotions. In effect, these drugs interact with the brain’s chemical system in such a way as to disconnect communications between the brain and the body. When this happens, the brain enters into its own self-constructed reality.
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Similarities Between LSD, Mushrooms and Pot
Altered States of Consciousness
Perhaps the most noticeable difference between LSD, mushrooms and pot lies in the full-blown hallucinations that LSD and mushrooms cause compared to pot’s seldom, if ever producing hallucinations. In actuality, all three drugs do produce altered states of consciousness. Pot’s effects differ in terms of how it alters your consciousness.
Rather than full-blown hallucinations, pot produces the following effects:
- Heightened awareness
- Sense of time slows down
- Enhanced sensory perceptions
- Enlightened consciousness
From this standpoint, pot does produce altered states of consciousness, but they’re less intense than LSD and mushroom effects.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, hallucinogen-based drugs do carry a risk of psychological dependence, which is the hallmark of an addiction. The regular use of LSD, mushrooms or pot can place a person at considerable risk of a developing addiction problem.
This effect can be especially troublesome considering how addiction in any form can upend a person’s entire life in harmful ways.
With repeated use, LSD, mushrooms and pot slowly but surely cause very real damage to the areas of the brain that regulate, perception, thinking and emotions. Once a person reaches this point, it’s not uncommon for serious psychological problems to take root.
Psychological disorders commonly associated with chronic hallucinogen abuse include:
- Anxiety-based disorders
- Depression-based disorders
People with a history of mental health problems, or even a family history of mental health problems, face an even higher risk of developing psychological problems from using these drugs.
While drugs like LSD, mushrooms and pot may be less addictive than heroin or cocaine, they can nonetheless cause real problems in a person’s daily life when used on an ongoing basis.
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