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Drugs- The Effect of Hallucinogens 1Effects a user could experience during a trip are listed below Hallucinations which often result in terrifying images Intensified sensations such as brighter colors or louder sounds A distorted sense of space and time user may feel theyre floating outside their body Synethesia senses get cross-wired users think they can see sounds or smell colors Users often experience terror and panic from a bad trip resulting in paranoia 2 Neurotransmitters are naturally produced chemicals They carry messages between different nerve cells in the brain Specific parts of nerve cells called receptors respond to specific neurotransmitters Hallucinogens stimulate particular receptors in brain cells and interfere with other receptors causing abnormal brain activity Drugs selectively bind to only one group of these receptors triggering hallucinations 3Ongoing risks or using hallucinogens can become very serious Hallucinogens dont just mess with the mind they have physical side affects as well Most hallucinogens increase heart rate and blood pressure which can lead to sleeplessness and tremors Users can develop a tolerance to the drugs over time Causing them to need more and more of the drugs to get the same effects as before Higher doses greatly increase the risk of a bad trip and troubling flashbacks This distorted reality can cause users to hurt themselves or commit suicide to escape them Tolerance to the drugs increases the likelihood of an overdose Overdoses can result in convulsions coma and heart and lung failure To make it worse those who abuse hallucinogens often abuse other drugs to adding to the danger of addiction
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