The Myth of Harmless Hallucinogens

Hallucinogenic drugs have been available in the market for thousands of years, and have actually had cultural implications in many ancient societies. However, modern chemistry has led to the rise of several new hallucinogens, which are the most popular, such as LSD and PCP. As the usage rates of hallucinogens continues to rise, it has led to an increasing acceptance of the myth that hallucinogens are a harmless drug, since they pale in comparison to harder drugs, like myth or methamphetamines.

Here is some information about why this is a myth, and the dangers that are still associated with hallucinogenic drugs:

Behavioral Dangers

While there are far less physical dangers associated with hallucinogenic drugs than other substances, the physical factors of drugs like LSD are not what is actually dangerous. Indeed, the real danger of hallucinogenic drugs has to do with the fact that people under the influence of acid and PCP are going to do stupid things that they wouldn’t normally do. For example, driving under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug is incredibly dangerous.

Wide range of Hallucinogenic Drugs

The other thing to note is that not all hallucinogenic drugs are the same, in terms of their risks and dangers. While drugs like LSD and peyote might have minimal physical effects, other substances, such as PCP and Psilocybin, have much more extreme symptoms, such as vomiting and comas. Because of this fact, it is important to not apply your understanding of the relative lack of risk associated with one hallucinogenic drugs to all hallucinogenic drugs.

Long Term Brain Damage

For consistent use, year over year, hallucinogenic drugs can severely impact the way that the brain is supposed to function. Because of this, consistent hallucinogenic usage can contribute to long term brain damage, and especially memory loss. This very aspect of hallucinogens became a massive hot topic when government agencies experimented with the effects of LSD and similar drugs in the 1950’s. This led to a long string of lawsuits between agencies like the CIA and people who signed up for the tests.