Hallucinogens are powerful mind-altering drugs that affect your brain, altering how it perceives time, reality and the environment around you. They also distort your perception of reality, affect how you move, react to situations, think, hear and see so that you may think you are hearing voices, seeing images and feeling things that do not exist.
Hallucinogens affect your heart, well-being and self-control. Use of hallucinogens leads to an increase in heart rate and blood pressure which may result in coma, cause heart and lung failure. The use of hallucinogens may change the way you feel emotionally, causing feelings of confusion, suspicion and disorientation. The impact of hallucinogen drugs varies from time to time, so there is no way to know how much self-control you may maintain. Flashbacks and hallucinations can occur weeks, months or even years after use of these drugs. It is easy to quickly develop tolerance to hallucinogens so that it takes more of the drug each time to get the same effect.
Slang terms for Hallucinogens include:
LDA (Lysergic acid diethylamide): LSD, Acid, Blotter
Psilocybin: Magic Mushrooms, Shrooms
Phencyclidine: PCP, Angel Dust, Boat, Ozone, Wack
Ecstasy: E, X, XTC.
Warning signs of Hallucinogen drug use: Depression, weakness or lack of muscular coordination, anxiety or paranoia, trembling, nausea, dizziness, facial flushing, dilated pupils.
(SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s TIPS FOR TEENS)