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3) Hallucinogens are stimulants than cause hallucinations. The most commonly used hallucinogens in the U.S. include LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), peyote, mescaline, psilocybin, PCP (phenylcyclidine, or “angel dust”), and MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or “ecstasy”). While about 10% of the U.S. population has tried a hallucinogenic drug at some point, only about 0.5% reports using one recently. - Hallucinogens are nonaddictive, but these drugs are powerful and can sharply raise pulse rates and blood pressure as well as affect perceptions of time and distance. In some cases, people find taking these drugs very pleasurable, and describe the experience as “consciousness expanding.” However, these drugs can also trigger panic attacks and many people find the experience terrifying. Also, people may experience flashbacks (i.e., unexpected hallucinations without taking the drug again). 4) Cannabis includes marijuana
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Unformatted text preview: and hashish , which are smoked or consumed after these drugs have been used to prepare foods such as brownies or cookies. Both drugs produce a sense of euphoria, help people relax, and increase appetite. As doses increase, they can produce fatigue, disorientation, paranoia, and even serious personality disorders. Today, 80% of people using illegal substances use one of these two drugs. While 5% of U.S. adults currently use cannabis, about 1/3 (almost 75 million people) report using marijuana or hashish at some time in the past.- Presently, a handful of communities (mostly in Maine and California) permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes, under the supervision of a doctor. For decades, a social movement has tried to legalize marijuana, making the claim that this drug is not addictive and poses little danger to users. Opponents of legalizing marijuana counters that this drug does pose dangers to users and to others....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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