Hallucinogens, also known as ‘psychedelic’ drugs, change the way a person perceives the world. They work directly on the brain and affect all the senses, producing illusions or hallucinations – that is seeing or hearing things that do not exist.
There are many different types of hallucinogens and some occur naturally in trees, vines, seeds, fungi and leaves. Others are manufactured in laboratories.
Hallucinogens discussed in detail under alphabetical headings are: LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide); Psilocybin or ‘Magic Mushrooms’; Ketamine; and Ecstasy.
Other hallucinogenic drugs include Mescaline, Morning Glory, Nutmeg, STP, DMT and PCP (Phencyclidine). These are not substances of significant abuse in Australia at present.
The effects of hallucinogens will vary from person to person and depend on things such as:
- how much of the drug is taken and the way it is taken
- the person’s size, weight and health
- the person’s mood
- the person’s experience with hallucinogens or similar drugs over a period of time
- whether the hallucinogens are taken with other drugs
- whether the person taking the hallucinogens is alone or with other people, at home or at a party