The Troubling Effects of Hallucinogens

Hallucinogens include a diverse group of drugs, such as LSD, PCP, and ketamine. Because the drugs interfere with normal chemical reactions in the brain, they alter a users’ sensory perception. While it depends on the type and the amount used, the side effects of hallucinogens cause users to lose their grasp on reality. While they all act on a person’s perception, each drug alters brain chemicals in a different way.

Effects of Hallucinogens

Learn the Effects if HallucinogensSome hallucinogens stop your brain from processing incoming sensory stimuli. This causes your brain to create an internal reality. Psychedelics enhance the brain’s ability to process intricate details. Other hallucinogens create false perceptions while leaving users in a confused state.

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Common side effects of hallucinogens include:

  • Hearing sounds or seeing things that don’t exist
  • Experiencing feelings of heightened happiness or sadness
  • Changes in sensory perception
  • Changes in your responses to the surrounding environment
  • Impacted cognitive functions like learning and memory

The effects of hallucinogens on the body can last for several hours. Users may experience:

  • Dizziness, nausea, and vomiting
  • Increased breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Increased body temperature and sweating alternating with chills and shivering
  • Bad trips that cause severe anxiety, suspicion, or panic attacks


Regular or frequent use of hallucinogens increases your body’s tolerance levels. This requires an increase in the amount and frequency of the drug to produce the same effect. Long-term and frequent use can cause you to become dependent on the drug. It can also severely damage brain functions.

Hallucinogens can cause users to develop psychological problems that last even after they stop using the drug. This includes episodes known as flashbacks. While overdose deaths are rare, hallucinogens can cause you to engage in risky behavior because of a lack of self-awareness.

Getting Help

Abusing drugs can lead to the neglect of family, social, and professional responsibilities. Along with financial problems, you may also have issues with the law enforcement, such as driving while under the influence or participating in criminal activity in order to support your habit.

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