psychedelic drugs

Psychedelic drugs

Psychedelics are a hallucinogenic class of drug whose primary action is to trigger psychedelic experiences via serotonin receptor agonism, causing specific psychological, visual and auditory changes, and altered state of consciousness. Major psychedelic drugs include mescaline, LSD, psilocybin, and DMT.

Psychedelic drugs, also known as hallucinogenic drugs, or simply hallucinogens, are a group of substances, including chemicals, such as LSD, and plants, such as peyote, that are usually used recreationally, to change and enhance sensory perceptions, thought processes, energy levels, and to facilitate spiritual experiences.

Psychedelics have also been used experimentally to mimic psychosis and to exert mind control, although they have not been found to be particularly effective in doing either.

They were used in psychotherapy in the 1960s, but this was halted for mainly political reasons until quite recently, and psychological research has undergone a revival of the use of psychedelics in experimental psychological treatment.

Acid, Lysergic Acid or LSD

LSD is a chemically synthesized hallucinogen, developed from ergot, a kind of mold that grows on the rye grain. LSD was widely used in the 1960s, particularly among young, middle-class people, until it was made illegal. Use of LSD has continued, despite being a controlled substance, although its use has gone through phases of greater or lesser popularity.

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