Hallucinogens : effects history and lots of other things about them.

Essay by callmitonyHigh School, 10th gradeA+, January 2006

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In this paper I will discuss the effects of hallucinogens, a few different types of hallucinogens, and a brief history of them. Hallucinogens are drugs that are illegal for unauthorized people to buy, posses, sell, and use. Although there are hundreds of hallucinogens many of them are obscure and not commonly used. The four main hallucinogens are Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), Psilocybin (mushrooms), phencyclidine (PCP) and ecstasy.

Ecstasy is the most commonly used hallucinogen. Ecstasy is often referred to as an amphetamine which is any one of a group of drugs that are powerful central nervous system stimulants. Although amphetamines are not hallucinogenic drugs many of them such as ecstasy do have similar qualities on the body

Obviously the word hallucinogens comes from the word hallucinate. Hallucinogens cause people to have hallucinogenic experiences along with paranoia and sometimes dangerous mood swings. Many users argue that hallucinogens don't hurt the body and although hallucinogens do cause little long term damage to the body they are very dangerous due to the unpredictable behavior of users.

Hallucinogenic drugs are less common on the street then other drugs such as cocaine and marijuana but they are used more commonly in medical situations. Hallucinogens have been used in surgery for over a thousand years and are still used as anesthetics today. The Hindus and the Aztecs used them to facilitate meditation, cure illness, and enhance mystical powers. Many North American tribal peoples still use hallucinogenic mushrooms and peyote in tribal rituals. The modern West only really became involved with hallucinogenic drugs after World War II. It was in 1948 that LSD was first produced from rye mold by Albert Hoffman, who was at the time looking for antibiotic substances in fungi. Also around this time, mescaline was identified as the active agent in certain hallucinogenic...