Hallucinogens are known to alter your reality and give you a different perspective; this is because of their immediate effect on the prefrontal cortex. If you have used hallucinogens before, you are most likely aware that these effects are often short-lived and over in a couple of hours. However, during this time, you can experience a number of risks that can place you or others in danger. There are also dangerous long-term effects on the brain. Understanding these can help steer you away from these drugs and get the help you need to heal.

Short-Term Effects

After taking a hallucinogenic drug such as LSD, psilocybin, PCP, ketamine, peyote, or DXM, you most likely will begin experiencing effects shortly after consumption. These effects can differ from person to person, but any can put you or others in a dangerous predicament. Short-term effects of hallucinogens on the brain include:

  • Depersonalization/Dissociation
  • Distorted sense of reality
  • Mood swings
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Synesthesia

These effects can cause you to feel overly positive or confident, which can put you and others at risk while using. You may try to partake in physical activities where you or others could be injured.

Long-Term Effects

Repeated use of hallucinogens can cause a number of problems within the brain. These can significantly inhibit your way of life and negatively impact your mental health. Long-term effects of repeated hallucinogen use include:

  • Psychosis
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD)
  • Mood swings
  • Panic attacks
  • Flashbacks
  • Disorganized thinking

Over time, repeated use of hallucinogens can begin impacting all areas of your life. You can experience negative flashbacks that can cause disturbances to your work, school, and overall ability to focus. You may experience more anxiety, causing panic attacks, mood swings, and disorganized thinking. The best way to heal from these symptoms is to stop using the drugs and seek help from a reputable treatment facility.

Hallucinogens may seem fun to use at the moment, but they come with short and long-term effects on your brain. These can not only cause you mental disturbances, but they can also put your life or the lives of others at risk. Repeated use of hallucinogens is not recommended, as it can cause long-term effects that can significantly impact your overall wellbeing. If you or someone you know is struggling with hallucinogens, contact Alta Loma Transformational Services today. We can help you heal and get back on track even after long-term use. Call (866) 457-3843.