What are hallucinogens?

Hallucinogens are a diverse group of drugs that alter a person’s awareness of their surroundings as well as their own thoughts and feelings. They are commonly split into two categories: classic hallucinogens (such as LSD) and dissociative drugs (such as PCP). Both types of hallucinogens can cause hallucinations, or sensations and images that seem real though they are not. Additionally, dissociative drugs can cause users to feel out of control or disconnected from their body and environment.

Some hallucinogens are extracted from plants or mushrooms, and some are synthetic (human-made). Historically, people have used hallucinogens for religious or healing rituals. More recently, people report using these drugs for social or recreational purposes, including to have fun, deal with stress, have spiritual experiences, or just to feel different.

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Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

ECSTASY OR MDMA (ALSO KNOWN AS MOLLY)

WHAT IS IT?

Ecstasy or MDMA is a synthetic psychoactive drug that acts as a stimulant and a hallucinogen.

STREET NAMES

Adam, Beans, Biscuit, Clarity, Disco Biscuit, E, Eve, Go, Hug Drug, Lover’s Speed, MDMA, Peace, STP, X, XTC

HOW IT IS TAKEN

  • Swallowing  gel capsules (Molly), pills, tablets
  • Powder, crystal, liquid
  • Crushed or snorted
  • Occasionally smoked   

HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE BODY?

  • Increased motor activity, alertness, heart rate, blood pressure
  • Muscle tension, tremors, teeth clenching, nausea, sweating
  • Euphoria, empathy, reduced inhibition
  • Chills, blurred vision
  • Confusion, anxiety, depression, paranoia, severe dehydration
  • Sharp increase in body temperature (hyperthermia), which can lead to liver, kidney and cardiovascular failure and death

Reference: https://www.justthinktwice.gov/drugs/ecstasy-or-mdma-also-known-molly