People take hallucinogenic substances to escape their reality or to try and seek spiritual revelations through it.
Types of hallucinogens include mushrooms, peyote, ecstasy, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), ketamine, dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and phencyclidine (PCP). Most hallucinogens are listed as schedule I drugs by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, allowing no accepted medicinal use.
But the delusions that accompany different types of hallucinogens can quickly worsen and lead individuals down a dangerous path, obstructed by health detriments and winding into suicidal ideations.
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Hallucinogens are most known for causing delusions as well as visual and auditory hallucinations.
The drugs fall somewhere in between sedatives and stimulants, with properties of each. Hallucinogen users generally seek a sense of introspection or heightened understanding, but they can sometimes experience the opposite effect: intense anxiety and nightmarish delusions.
Psilocybin (mushrooms) and mescaline (peyote) induce effects similar to LSD. Mushrooms are usually ingested after being cured or ground into a pill, whereas mescaline is cut into dried slices of peyote cacti or pressed into tablet form
Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is quite possibly the most powerful known psychedelic compound, producing fully immersive experiences marked by a complete loss of connection to the outside world. The drug is derived from the ayahuasca plant native to Amazonian regions of South America
Ecstasy (MDMA) can produce hallucinatory effects in higher dosages, although it is primarily used as an entactogen or empathogen, a class of drugs that refers to their ability to reduce social anxiety by inducing empathy and a sense of connectedness with others. Although deaths due to ecstasy are rare, past deaths have been preceded by hyperthermia, water poisoning (due to over hydration in anticipation of hyperthermia) and accidental deaths
PCP puts users in a trance-like state in higher dosages. Relatively unpredictable in its effects, PCP can either cause users to become incredibly detached or animated, sometimes feeling invincible or that they possess extraordinary strength.