Hallucinogens are psychoactive drugs that interrupt the normal function of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain that is significant to communication and mood. These disruptions cause subjective changes in an individual’s emotions, and perceptions by inducing experiences that differ dramatically from normal thoughts and consciousness. Hallucinogens are in essence, compounds found in plants and mushrooms that contain alkaloids which are organic based containers for nitrogen.
There are notably three categories of hallucinogenic drugs characterized as psychedelics, dissociatives, and deliriants.
Drugs such as LSD (acid), psilocybin mushrooms, Mescaline which comes from a small, spineless cactus plant called Peyote and DMT (dimethyltryptamine), among others fall under the umbrella of psychedelic substances. These drugs bind to 5-HT2A which is a receptor in the brain that is chemically similar to the compounds in those drugs.
The potency of these drugs. LSD is one of the most powerful of the psychedelic drugs. The experiences of drug induced trips are never the same. The intensity and effects can differ with each use and from person to person even if the same drug is taken in the same amount and in the same environment. The effects of the drug range from mild to dramatic and includes some of the following:
Ketamine (anesthetic), PCP (Phencyclidine) and DXM (dextromethorphan) an active ingredient in the cough suppressant Robitussin create dissociative experiences for users. These chemical substances work by interrupting the associative pathways of the brain which cause various sectors of the brain to be isolated from each other so that communication between sectors is hindered. The medicinal use of these drugs are for pain reduction and relief. The drugs accomplish this by blocking neural pain signals from reaching the sensory cortex. At high doses these drug create powerful dissociative effects.
The following effects are common to dissociative drugs:
Usually the effects of these drugs vary and can begin within minutes of ingestion and last for hours.
Pharmaceutical drugs that, when taken in high doses produce deliriant effects include Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) uncured tobacco and Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) to name a few. The effects of deliriants tend to create a severe and fragmented disconnection from reality. Other effects of deliriants include:
Treatment for hallucinogen dependence may require the elimination of most sensory stimulation until the effects of the drug has been diminished. When necessary, specialized medications may be administered in order to control or minimize extreme agitation or seizures.
Many patients being treated for this type of addiction are also affected by adverse reactions to multiple drugs and/or alcohol complications. Research studies indicate that inpatient and behavioral treatments are extremely helpful for patients recovering from hallucinogenic addictions.
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