What are hallucinogens:
As the name suggests, hallucinogenic drugs cause hallucinations and profound distortions in a person’s perceptions of reality. Users see images, hear sounds and feel sensations that seem very real but are not – this is called tripping.
How do you take hallucinogens:
LSD is also known as dots or tabs. It usually comes in the form of tiny tablets known or on small squares of paper or cardboard and usually have pictures or logos on them. You swallow the tabs and usually within an hour the hallucinations begin and can last up to 12-hours.
Magic mushrooms are hallucinogenic mushrooms that grow in the wild. They can be consumed raw or cooked. They can be made into a tea or milkshake also. The effects of magic mushrooms are similar to a mild, shorter LSD trip. There is a risk that poisonous mushrooms may be eaten by mistake, thinking they are magic mushrooms.
Each trip is different and there is always the risk of getting a bad trip which causes terror within the person and can even result in long term mental health damage. Good trips can equally be dangerous and convince people to fly or walk on water which can result in serious injuries or even death.
Where are hallucinations taken:
LSD and Magic Mushrooms can be consumed anywhere. It is not advisable to be alone taking it as support may be needed if on a bad trip. Equally, the false bravado a trip can give a person can also lead to harm, such as running in front of a car, and having people there to keep an eye is a better idea.
Why do people take hallucinogenic drugs:
According to DATMS, the availability and use of LSD or magic mushrooms in Dublin 15 is limited and it is not used frequently. These drugs are used for fun and a form of escapism from reality.
Effects of taking hallucinogens:
Permanent mental health, trauma through accident or violence, death by poisoning.