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Below is specific information on hallucinogens:
Hallucinogens are drugs that cause hallucinations – profound distortions in a person’s perceptions of reality. Under the influence of hallucinogens, people see images, hear sounds, and feel sensations that seem real but do not exist. Some hallucinogens also produce rapid, intense emotional swings.
Hallucinogens cause their effects by disrupting the interaction of nerve cells and the neurotransmitter serotonin.
Commonly abused hallucinogens:
LSD (an abbreviation of the German words for “lysergic acid diethylamide”) is the drug most commonly identified with the term “hallucinogen” and the most widely used in this class of drugs.
- MDMA or Ecstasy
- Dextro (DXM or dextromethorphan)
- Magic Mushroom
- DMT (dimethyltryptamine)
- MDA (4-methylenedioxy-amphetamine)
Where Do Hallucinogens Come From?
Some hallucinogens can be found in plants. Mescaline comes from a cactus called peyote. And certain mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms, are hallucinogens.
But many hallucinogens are chemicals that don’t occur in nature.