Psychedelic drugs are substances that produce auditory and/or visual hallucinations by various biochemical means. While they first became popular in the 1960’s, they continue to be used by new generations today. Here we break down the five most popularly abused psychedelic drugs today.
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), commonly referred to as acid, was one of the first psychedelic drugs to be commonly used. LSD causes the user to have strong alterations in perception, including thoughts, vision, and hearing.
LSD is typically taken orally, in the form of blotter tabs or drops. The effects typically last around 12-hours, and can be quite intense.
DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) is a molecule that occurs naturally in many plants and animals. When abused, isolated DMT is capable of producing one of the strongest hallucinogenic effects of all psychedelics.
In sufficient doses, DMT will typically cause the user to be completely removed from reality and to enter a complete hallucinogenic state. While the high typically lasts fifteen minutes, users often report it feeling like much longer periods of time have elapsed due to the intensity of the drug. DMT is typically smoked, but can be snorted or injected as well.
3) Psychedelic Mushrooms
Psychedelic mushrooms, commonly referred to as ‘shrooms, are currently one of the most popular hallucinogenic drugs today. These mushrooms evolved various different psychedelic compounds as a defense mechanism against potential predators.
Humans have likely been ingesting them since prehistoric times for their effects. The effects typically last around six hours and can include both visual and auditory hallucinations.
Peyote is a type of cactus that contains naturally occurring psychedelic compounds as a defense against predators. The psychoactive compound found in peyote is mescaline, which produces intense hallucinations for approximately six hours.
Much like psychedelic mushrooms, humans have ingested peyote for hundreds of years for its psychedelic effects.
5) Salvia divinorum
Salvia divinorum is a plant indigenous to Mexico that contains compounds that induce minor hallucinogenic effects when ingested. Salvia is legal in most states, which coupled with the internet caused a surge in its popularity.
Salvia is commonly sold as either plain leaves or as an extract. It is typically smoked, but can also be ingested orally as a tea or swallowed.
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