Hallucinogens are commonly associated with partygoers and clubbers. Common types of hallucinogen include magic mushrooms and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide). Magic mushrooms are wild mushrooms that produce hallucinogenic effects when consumed; they are usually boiled down to make a liquid or eaten in solid form. LSD, commonly known as acid, is a liquid which is usually dropped onto blotting paper; this is then eaten.
What are the effects?
These substances cause people to experience a ‘trip’ which often involves a distortion of sounds, colours and images and a slowing down or speeding up of time; during this time the person has very little idea of what is actually happening in reality. Trips can last for many hours; LSD trips are often more intense and last for longer. Hallucinogens produce unpredictable results which may cause very frightening and negative ‘trips’ (this is commonly known as a bad trip). Long term use can contribute to mental health problems; in extreme cases, a bad trip has also been known to cause people to commit suicide.