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A Hallucinogen is defined as a substance that causes excitation of the central nervous system characterized by hallucination Mood change anxiety sensory distortion delusion depersonalization increased pulse temperature increased blood pressure and dilation of the pupils are the many effects that occur Psychic dependence may occur and depressive or suicidal psychotic states may result from the ingestion of hallucinogenic substances Some kinds of hallucinogens are lysergic acid commonly know as LSD phencyclidine known as PCP peyote cactus known as mescaline psychedelic mushrooms and methylene dioxy methamphetamine or commonly known as Ecstasy These psychedelic or mind-altering drugs interfere with normal sensations perception comprehension emotions and a persons self-awareness An individual who is using hallucinogens often becomes disoriented paranoid has visual hallucinations euphoria and an increased pulse rate Symptoms of an overdose can include agitation extreme hyperactivity violence psychosis convulsions and possible deathThe word psychedelic was first used in 1956 by a British psychiatrist named Humphrey Osmond Osmond referred to the mind-altering properties of the naturally occurring hallucinogenic plant substances such as peyote psilocybin and LSD Psychedelic became the name for journeys into inner experiences or the expansion of the consciousnessAfter World War II scientists were using LSD to study brain chemistry and to determine its affects on patients with mental disorders Scientists also studied the effects of LSD in relationship to alcoholics and cancer patients but stopped because of the drugs unpredictable effectsIn the 1960s LSD was seen as the drug which could help people live better lives The psychology professor Timothy Leary encouraged students to use LSD in order to expand their horizons Leary believed that by using LSD all problems would be solved However for most people LSD was not a problem solver but for many caused permanent trips For many young adults in the 60s LSD use was unpredictable erratic and often brought about violent behavior that sometimes lead to injury or death Most hallucinogens tend to stimulate the central nervous system and
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