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Hallucinogens contain some of the oldest known drugs but are often overlooked when compared to more common drugs. LSD, MDMA, PCP, peyote and psilocybin and others have emerged as major hallucinogens all containing chemicals which provide a euphoric state. Many people have used hallucinogens to heighten daily enjoyment and it is estimated that 5.9 percent of fulltime college students have partaken in using them. Hallucinogenic drugs all come from natural sources and can be found almost anywhere unlike other synthetically made drugs. It is a shame that hallucinogens are overlooked by our society and it is time that people realize the effects and dangers of these drugs. Joshua Sipe Personal Health Judith Longo
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and brain. Hallucinogens are categorized into a family of drugs known as psychoactive drugs. When psychoactive drugs enter the brain they can interfere with signal recognition, block signal recognition and or completely overload a neuron causing it to malfunction. The actual fact of all drugs is that they have a natural counterpart that the body produces, but by taking drugs this process is intensified and quicker. Lysergic acid diethylamide or LSD is the most potent and studied hallucinogen known to man. Discovered on accident by Dr. Albert Hofmann on April 16 th 1943 when he spilt some of his new compound from rye bread onto his hand. Soon after he felt different and started to see changes in his surroundings at which point he decided to go home. From this simple experiment gone wrong a new hallucinogenic culture was born. LSD didn’t make its leap into history until 1947 where newspapers published that a hallucinogenic drug when taken in small doses produced severe mind altering effects. Thousands of articles have been published since on LSD ranging from mental illness to pain management. Dr. Albert Hofmann fondly called his new hallucinogen “my problem child” when in reference to the effects it has had on hallucinogenic drugs. LSD is illegal and considered a schedule I drug under the controlled substance act of 1970. LSD is the strongest hallucinogen that exists at the moment and includes a variety of short term effects. The short term effects can be considered a “trip” where normal reality is nonexistent and the neurons are overloaded with messages allowing for hallucinations. The immediate reaction of the body to LSD is a dilation of the pupils, a metallic taste to the mouth and a feeling of anxiety. Second to the initial reaction colors are more vivid, sounds more intense and depth perception is confused allowing for hallucinations. This reaction occurs about twenty minutes after LSD is ingested and can last for six to ten hours. Overall the effects of LSD are unforeseen because each individual will react differently to the drug and the amount taken will produce different effects. 2
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2009 for the course ENGL M02 taught by Professor Mr.coolage during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Adirondack.

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