Drugs in this group
LSD (Acid), psilocybin mushrooms (Magic mushrooms), DMT and Mescaline (or peyote).
Some psychedelics are commonly swallowed as tablets. Mescaline may be eaten or mixed with water and drunk. ‘Magic mushrooms’ are often eaten or made into a tea.
Users of Psychedelics often describe what they experience as a ‘trip’. seeing images, hearing sounds or feeling sensations that feel real but are not.
People can experience extreme mood swings, anxiety and panic. The experience a person can have can be influenced by many factors (such as age, weight and emotional state). A so-called ‘bad trip’ can be terrifying and trigger mental health problems.
If you are taking them
If you take psychedelics there are some things you can do to reduce the risks.
- Make sure you’re in a familiar, controlled, relaxed and safe environment, among people that you trust.
- Limit your dose.
- Avoid mixing drugs.
- Consider asking someone to be a ‘trip sitter’. They would be sober and make sure you stay safe.
Most well-known psychedelics are class A drugs.
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