Psychedelic drugs are also known as hallucinogens drugs. These drugs are psychoactive drugs that are used to alter sensory perceptions, energy levels, thought processes and it facilitates spiritual experiences. Psychedelics also change perception, mood, and cognitive processes. People can hear and see things that do not exist by taking psychedelic drugs.
Few psychedelic drugs are thought to be used as a disabled filter that helps to block and suppress signals related to everyday functions coming out from the conscious mind. The signals originated from several functions of the brain which aren’t limited to memories or emotions but also the unconscious or subconscious mind.
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The effects of these drugs can expand the mind which is aware of the conscious mind which is normally inaccessible.
Psychedelic meaning is to produce hallucinogen effects that cause effects on someone’s mind, such as an unwanted strong urge of sound, taste, touch, etc. Psychedelic meaning can be understood by the effects of psychedelic drugs which causes new altered perceptions or visions including sensory experiences as it is common with the uses of hallucinogenic drugs.
There are various types of psychedelic drugs based on different pharmacological profiles with strong effects on consciousness. Few occur naturally or in trees or vines, seeds, fungi, and leaves, or some are made in laboratories.
The commonly used examples of psychedelic drugs are:
LSD: Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a mood-changing drug. It is produced from lysergic acid which is found on ergot of fungus that grows on rye and many other drugs. LSD is sold as small tablets, capsules, or gelatin squares. The effect of LSD drugs typically lasts for 12 hours.
Ayahuasca: Ayahuasca is found in the Amazon region. It is a psychoactive tea. It is made by the leaves of Psychotria virdis plants and stalks from the Banisteriopsis Cappi vine. These show the effect of fear, hallucinations, feeling of euphoria, paranoia, gastrointestinal symptoms, etc. Ayahuasca has a few traditional uses and is used in various ceremonies where they have one or two drinks of Ayahuasca.
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NBOMes: N-methoxybenzyl (NBOMes) is a synthetic psychedelic. It changes the perception of people to see the world. It affects the senses by changing their thought processes, sense of time, and emotions.
Psilocybin: Psilocybin is also known as magic mushrooms which grow naturally and are used for their hallucinogenic properties. Magic mushrooms can be eaten fresh, cooked, or as tea. It shows stomach discomfort, headaches, change in mood, etc.
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Psychedelics have been part of many people’s lives since ancient times due to various traditions and cultures. Magic mushrooms, LSD, Mescaline, etc. are used by swallowing or by smoking or inhaling. While the mushrooms are eaten fresh or cooked or into tea. They are also mixed in tobacco or cannabis and then they are smoked. Mescaline psychedelic drugs are mostly swallowed while NBOMe is inactive when they are swallowed, so they should be taken under the tongue, held in the cheek, or snorted. The peyote buttons are grounded into powder and smoked with cannabis and tobacco.
Mostly, the people who use these drugs don’t take them daily. They take them occasionally which are weeks or months apart.
Every drug has few risks. No drug is safe to use. It is important to stay careful while using these types of drugs. The effects vary from person to person. Some people get their size, weight and health affected or some affect their strength.
The effects of these drugs can stay up to several hours and can vary depending on the type of psychedelic drug.
Few people can have the feeling of euphoria or feeling of relaxation. Some may see or hear things that don’t exist, some have concentrating troubles or confusion or some have the feeling of dizziness. Many people have fast or irregular heartbeats after consuming these drugs or may feel numbness or can have blurred vision.
The effects of mixing with other drugs are mostly unpredictable. Mixing psychedelics with stimulant types of drugs can increase the effects of the stimulant and can also be the reason for the increase in heart rate. They usually keep the body under extreme stress. Stimulants also tend to increase the level of anxiety which may lead to negative experiences. If psychedelics are combined with depressant drugs like alcohol they can reduce coordination and may increase the chances of vomiting. Alcohol can also decrease the effects of psychedelics.
The strength of the psychedelic drug is impossible to predict as well as their effects as they vary from person to person. People having mental health issues or a family history of having these conditions should prevent usage of these drugs.
These drugs form tolerance rapidly and form psychological dependency in few people. Physical dependence is not supported by any means of evidence nor do they have withdrawal symptoms even after chronic usage.
1. What are the Harmful Effects of Psychedelic Drugs?
Ans: People use psychedelic drugs in search of some benefits, either they want pleasure or either they are avoiding pain via using these drugs. These drugs can have short-term as well as long-term effects. In the short term, it can cause injuries while driving after the usage of this drug.
Other harmful effects can be overdose assaults or suicide. While in the long term smoking and inhaling can cause cancer may also contract HIV. Depending on these drugs can cause harmful side effects like tremors, motor impairment, drowsiness, agitation, etc. These drugs shouldn’t be taken when someone is alone or has mental health issues. Also, they should avoid using them if they drive or operate any heavy machinery.
2. What is the Beneficial Effect of Magic Mushrooms?
Ans: Magic mushroom is used to treat depression to help manage alcohol addiction. A psilocybin therapy session takes place in soft lighting, a comfortable sitting area with untrained eyes. These mushrooms are 100 times less potent in comparison with LSD. It has the capability of changing a person’s perception of space and time, euphoria, etc. This therapy is known as “breakthrough therapy” for treating depression. In comparison to Marijuana, psilocybin lacks the cultural cachet degree.