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These drugs change or distort the way you see or experience things, but they do not cause true hallucinations. A hallucination has no basis in reality even though it will seem real to the person having it (Here to Help). Hallucinogens are sometimes called psychedelics.
Natural Hallucinogens - from plants of fungi
Peyote cactus (mescaline)
Magic mushrooms (psilocybin)
Cannabis (at high doses)
Ecstasy (at high doses)
The peyote cactus and magic mushrooms may look like dried food. Acid often comes on small squares of paper (often with cartoon type characters on it). Ecstasy is often in pill form.
The effect of hallucinogens depends on what the user expects to happen and on past experience with the drug. It also depends on how much you use and the environment you use it in. People use these drugs in different ways. They may be snorted, injected, smoked, swallowed, rubbed on gums or other mucous membranes, or cooked in foods.
Some basic short term effects
Hard to control muscles and possible loss of movement
Problems with coordination
Numbness, loss of feeling in parts of the body
Higher or lower heart rate, blood pressure and temperature
Possible loss of consciousness
May no feel pain
Sight, hearing, taste, touch maybe distorted. This can be very positive or very negative (a "bad trip")
Long term effects
Possible feelings of anxiety or depression, especially if the user experienced a "bad trip"
Flashbacks or Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (although these are rare)
May trigger or worsen mental problems
May cause problems with memory or concentration
Might have some positive effects (e.g helping people deal with posttraumatic stress disorder)
Hallucinogens are not physically addictive so there are no physical withdrawal effects.