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The 10 Most Common Psychedelic Drugs

Psychedelics are often used to experience the world in a different way, however many people don't realize the dangerous side of using these drugs.

A psychedelic drug is a drug that affects the way that you think and see things. It changes your perceptions sometimes permanently. Most people, who do them, use them to change the way that they see the world even if it is only for a brief period. Unfortunately, many of these drugs are psychologically addictive and dangerous.

1. LSD

LSD is one of the most popular psychedelic drugs. It has been in use since the 1960s and many people believe in its mind-expanding properties.

2. Peyote

Peyote is a type of cactus that the Native Americans still use for religious purposes, under extremely controlled conditions. Most who use it recreationally find it disturbing and more than a bit psychologically addictive.

3. PCP

Common Psychedelic Drugs

Most psychedelic drugs are psychologically addictive and have other health consequences.

PCP is one of the most dangerous of the psychedelic drugs. Also called angel dust, it both blocks pain signals and other important stimuli. People who take PCP make very poor decisions on the drug including jumping off high places and thinking that they can do anything including fly.

4. Psilocybin Mushrooms

Also used by Native American cultures, psilocybin mushrooms are a psychedelic that grows across the United States. Unfortunately, it is not easy to distinguish between the psilocybin variety and the extremely poisonous variety.


Also known as ecstasy and molly depending on its form, MDMA is one of the popular club drugs. People use them at Raves and dance clubs to enhance their energy and love of the world around them.

6. Cannabis

Cannabis is sometimes thought of a psychedelic and other times it is in a class all its own. Marijuana is sometimes a relaxing drug and other times causes paranoia, delusions, and fear. Cannabis is one of the most popular drugs available particularly in the United States where many places are legalizing it for both medical and recreational use.

7. Ketamine

Ketamine is an anesthetic used in veterinary and sometimes human medicine. It causes a disconnection between the mind and the rest of the world. Ketamine is the most popular dissociative drug today.

8. Salvia Divinorum

Salvia Divinorum is one of the few legal psychedelics. It is legal in most states but is rapidly becoming more regulated. It produces a short intense psychedelic experience when someone smokes or chews it.

9. DXM

DXM is a key agent in cough syrup and the high people get off it is due to drinking large amounts of it. This drug is particularly attractive to adolescents and young adults because it is extremely easy to obtain in large quantities and until recently was not regulated.

10. Ayahuasca

This drug is also known as DMT. It is a combination of psychedelic plants, many of which are available individually. Although it is illegal in many places some of the individual herbs are not.

Other Names for Psychedelic Drugs

Finding Treatment for an Addiction to Psychedelics

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most psychedelic drugs are not physically addictive, they are psychologically addictive. This mental addiction is not easy to break. It takes intensive treatment and therapy. To find this therapy call us at 1-800-895-1695.

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