Author: David Holland, MD
- Hallucinogenics have been used for a variety of cultural and religious reasons for thousands of years
- In the 1960’s a Harvard professor began experimenting with psilocybin mushrooms. There was resulting public outcry, eventually leading to all hallucinogens being listed as schedule I drugs
- Common hallucinogens include: LSD (acid), Mescaline (peyote), DMT (ayahuasca), Psilocybin (mushrooms), MDMA (ecstacy)
- Effects vary by specific drug but may include auditory/visual hallucinations, increased empathy, loss of fear
- Physiologic effects often include mydriasis, tachycardia, hyperthermia and hypertension
- Recent neuroimaging studies have shown increased neural connectivity in people after administration of hallucinogens
- Each hallucinogen has a specific dose and duration, some can last half a day or more
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