"We need to talk to young people about drugs and make sure they understand that drugs are dangerous, addictive substances."

John P. Walters


Hallucinogenic drugs cause an alteration in your perception, thoughts, or moods. Examples of hallucinogenic drugs are LSD, mushrooms (see below), and salvia. Hallucinogen affects the neurons in your brain which causes people to see images, hear things, and feel sensations that are not real. They also alter your body functions like your heart beat. Large doses of hallucinogens may cause convulsions, ruptured blood vessels in the brain, brain damage and death.

Short Term Effects

  • Rapidly changing feelings (immediately and long after use)
  • Hallucinations
  • Dizziness, confusion, nausea & vomiting
  • Suspicion
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle relaxation, weakness, tremors
  • Ataxia, or loss of the ability to coordinate muscular movement
  • Loss of control, bad trips
  • Dilated pupils
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased body temperature
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Increased sweating, flushing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeplessness, drowsiness
  • One use of hallucinogens may cause multiple and dramatic behavioral changes and/or irreversible brain damage
  • Delayed effects like¬†Flashbacks may occur long after use

Chronic/Long Term Use

  • Extreme changes in behavior and mood; depression, violent behavior
  • Catatonic syndrome (person may sit in a trance-like state)
  • Anxiety, fearfulness
  • Trembling hands
  • Chills
  • Irregular breathing
  • Sweating
  • Distorted senses of light, hearing, touch, smell, and perception of time.
  • Increase in blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar
  • Generalized numbness of extremities and loss of muscular co-ordination


You may have heard of people trying Psilocybin mushrooms, also known as psychedelic mushrooms, shrooms, magic mushrooms, mushies, or also called caps; in search of a moving, eye opening, or epiphany enriched experiance. But regardless of why the drug is being used, shrooms can be very scary and very dangerous. Shrooms contain psilocin and psilocybinpsilocybin. These compounds are psychedelics. Psilocybin mushrooms dramaticly alter one's perceptions and can cause hallucinations; enabling shrooms to fall in the catagory of hallucinnogenic drugs. Hallucinnogenic drugs alter a person's perceptions of reality and may cause hallucinations and other alterations of the senses.

Hallucinogenic drugs cause both physical and psychological effects on humans.
The physical effects of these drugs include:
dilated pupils,
elevated body temperature,
Increased heart rate and blood pressure,
appetite loss,
heart palpitations,
blurring of vision,
memory loss,
and itching.

After use of hallucinogenic drugs users will also experience a number of psychological alterations in the brain:
hallucinations and illusions,
amplification of sense,
and alterations of thinking and self-awareness.

It is quite easy to have a bad reaction to shrooms bor hallucinogens. This is referred to as a "bad trip" and may cause panic, confusion, suspicion, anxiety, and loss of control.The long-term effects of these drugs  may include:
Mood swings,
Impaired thinking,
unexpected outbursts of violence
and lastly, severe depression that may lead to death or suicide.