Drug experts are saying psychedelic drugs are making a comeback. Sorry… did they go somewhere? Were they on vacation? Did they take a nap? No. Of course not.
Psychedelic Drugs – Don’t Call it a Comeback, They’ve Been Here for Years
You can’t make a comeback if you never went anywhere. Psychedelic drugs have been behind the scenes of the human story, melding the minds of men and women from around the globe for tens of thousands of years. They haven’t made a comeback. They never left us. They’ve just become a topic of conversation again. Make no mistake about it – any news about psychedelic news is not news at all. It’s just the same ole story… making its rounds again.
What are Psychedelic Drugs?
Psychedelic drugs are substances that cause users to hallucinate, have altered perceptions of reality, and encounter expanded perceptions of consciousness. They create an extreme sense of euphoria and promise a “trip” that takes a person through a type of mental journey that seems to transcend explanation. The trip lasts anywhere from six to twelve hours.
The most commonly associated psychedelics are LSD (acid), magic mushrooms, ayahuasca (DMT), and mescaline. Typically, psychedelics are taken orally by drinking it in a liquid, eating or ingesting it, or smoking it. Psychedelics like LSD are synthetic while DMT is a naturally occurring substance found in a certain type of plant.
Reports indicate that ancient people were taking pyschedelics as long as 10,000 years ago. They have been used in spiritual and religious ceremonies in cultures around the world and continue to fascinate people from all walks of life. Psychedelics are particularly popular among Native American populations in the United States and shamanic cultures in places like South America.
The point is, psychedelics have been around for quite some time and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. And, sure, they sound fun and spiritual and interesting. But, make no mistake – hallucinogens aren’t toys. They’re nothing to play with.
LSD – Take One Hit and You May Trip for Life (Well, Kinda)
LSD, also known as “acid” is derived from the substance lysergic acid, which grows on fungi. LSD is usually synthesized as a liquid that is usually dropped onto sheets of decorated paper and sold by the hit. Made popular in the 1960’s by the hippie counter culture, acid is a hallucinogen just like any other. It creates a drug trip that takes the user on an experience that lasts up to twelve hours.
While some say this is a buzz unparalleled, there is a downside to this drug – it’s called a bad trip. A bad trip results in a very chaotic, frightening, doomy gloomy experience for the user. The hallucinations caused by the drug are distorted in a such a way that things appear to be evil, scary, and unwelcoming. The thing is, there’s no way out of a bad trip. The user just has to wait for the drug to wear off, which can be an agonizing and grueling endeavor.
LSD is Coming Around Again
You could say LSD is making showing up again – in a big way. The highly favored psychedelic has been making big headlines in the last couple of years. Discovered by Albert Hofmann in 1943, LSD seemed to almost completely disappear from the drug scene in the past ten years. But, it’s baaaaaccckkkk.
A study from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that the use of LSD among 18-25-year-olds increased by 40 percent from 2013 to 2015. This is a major deal. The thing is, this surge in the use of the popular hallucinogen LSD can only be related to its increase in supply.
The stuff has been scarce for quite some time, but it has found its way back on the illicit drug market. Since Hofmann’s discovery, people have always wanted to trip on acid. Now that it’s more readily available on college campuses across the United States, sales are up….and kids are tripping their minds into mush – one hit at a time.
Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) – The Businessman’s Trip Straight to Hell
Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is another popular psychedelic. Use of this plant-based substance can be traced back thousands of years in shamanic communities that use the stuff for religious practices and spiritual rituals. DMT is the active ingredient in Ayahuasca, a South American brewed tea used in spiritual ceremonies.
Also referred to as dmitri, the spirit molecule, or the businessman’s trip, DMT packs a powerful punch. Although not typically found in the United States, more and more DMT is being smuggled into the country from places like Bolivia, Columbia, and Mexico. It is becoming popular among teenagers, especially those in California.
Although you might think Dmitri as a harmless substance because it grows naturally from a plant, think about it. Cocaine is a plant. And cocaine causes heart attacks. When not properly dosed, and in extreme cases, DMT can cause seizure, heart attack, and coma. DMT can also have an adverse reaction with certain medications and can lead to other severe medical complications. Additionally, Dmitri can cause severe problems for those who have mental disorders like schizophrenia, anxiety, or bi-polar disorder.
It is important to note that DMT is not your grandma’s psychedelic. This is hardcore stuff that produces very intense hallucinations. Many people go on a businessman’s trip and say they thought they were going to lose their minds. They thought they were in hell, surrounded by demons. They thought there were spiders crawling all over them and they just wanted it to stop. One man even reported breaking his back jumping off his rooftop to get away from the aliens that were chasing him.
But, keep in mind…. Just like with any psychedelic trip, once you start DMT, you’re committed. You can’t turn off a bad trip. You just have to ride it out until it is finished. All terrifying eight hours or so. Having fun yet?
Psychedelic Shrooms – Why They are a Bad Idea
Going “shrooming” is a popular pastime for those who like to go digging through cow poop looking for mushrooms that will make you trip out. Yes, it’s a real thing. There is a certain type of mushroom that grows just after it rains in certain climates and it can be found it your average cow field. In a pile of cow poop.
Also known as magic mushrooms or “shrooms,” Psilocybin mushrooms are a type of fungi that contains psilocybin. This is an organic psychedelic compound that causes a hallucinogenic trip guaranteed to boggle the mind.
Mycologists (people who study mushrooms) say that pursuit of this highly sought psychedelic has driven many an unsuspecting shroomer to the emergency room. More often than not, amateurs looking to catch a buzz eat the wrong mushroom and end up wildly sick instead of tripping wildly. It’s easy to confuse a poisonous mushroom with the trippy kind.
Eating unknown and unfamiliar fungi can result in your untimely death. It’s a bad idea to jump the fence of Old McCraven’s farm on the hunt for mushrooms that make you trip. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll steer clear of this foolish adventure. Stay away from the shrooms, lest you end up in the emergency room explaining to the nurse that you were digging through poop looking for drugs.
The Dangers of Psychedelics – When the Trip is Over
The fact is the, the main risk most drug users concern themselves with when talking about psychedelics is the potential for a bad trip. If you decide to drop acid or take mushrooms and it goes south, you’re in for like 12 hours of never-ending chemically induced hell.
But, there is more risk involved than just a bad trip when it comes to psychedelics. Here are some things to consider:
- Even if you just take psychedelics once, you can have a lifetime of terrifying flashbacks.
- While under the influence of hallucinogens, you could jump off a building believing you can fly. It happens all the time.
- People on psychedelics often cut into their own skin believing spiders are crawling all over them.
- If you have a mental disorder of any kind, hallucinogens can severely complicate your mental situation.
- DMT has put people into comas.
- You may experience psychedelic drug dreams.
- Psychedelics can cause seizures.
- Prolonged use of psychedelics can lead to memory loss, anxiety attacks, and depression.
Trip Once and You May Trip for Life (Well, Kinda)
Here’s the deal. When you take a psychedelic trip, you’re risking more than just a bad trip. Even after only one dose, someone who takes LSD, mushrooms, or DMT can have flashbacks years after it is over – whether it was a good or a bad trip. A flashback is when the brain revisits the trip and relives it. It experiences hallucinations and effects from the drug as though it were recently ingested. This can happen anytime or anywhere – while you’re driving, taking an exam, or giving a presentation at work. Sound like fun?
What’s more is that many people who used multiple doses of psychedelics over an extended period of time reported that their mind “never quite worked right” again. Distorted views of reality, extreme anxiety, paranoia, and nightmares with psychedelic overtones are just a few of the long-term effects many people report after excessive use of hallucinogens.
Experimenting with psychedelics can have dire consequences. Instead of digging through cow poop, consider another hobby. Croqueting, maybe?
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