Hallucinogenic Drugs: What and How

Hallucinogenic Drugs: What and How

There are many different kinds of hallucinogenic drugs. Some examples that I would like to talk about are L.S.D., Cocaine, P.C.P. and Peyote. L.S.D. is a man made drug that has been abused for its hallucinogenic properties since the 1960’s. If consumed in a large enough dose, LSD will produce illusions and distort the user’s sense of time and identity. LSD is classified as a synthetic psychedelic, derived from ergot fungus, it is the most powerful conscious-altering substance known to man. A dose of LSD is measured in micrograms or millionths of a gram. One ounce of LSD contains enough doses for 300,000 adults. Two suitcases of the stuff would be enough to dose the entire population of the USA . LSD is colorless, tasteless and odorless and usually is sold as a liquid packaged in breath freshener bottles or applied to sugar cubes, jello squares, tablets or blotter paper (squares or sheets of paper decorated with designs (sunflowers, strawberries, rockets etc)). They cost about $8.00 per ‘tab’. Another way of using L.S.D. is to coat the rolling paper of marijuana. This is called lacing. Very rarely you may find it as small pills (or ‘microdots’). Common during the 60s, this form is very rare now. “Data reported in the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse indicate that an estimated 20.2 million U.S. residents aged 12 and older used LSD at least once in their lifetime. The survey also revealed that many teenagers and young adults use LSD-742,000 individuals aged 12 to 17 and 4.5 million individuals aged 18 to 25 used the drug at least once. Cocaine, another kind of hallucinogenic drug is typically, in its pure form, a white crystalline powder extracted from the leaves of the South American coca plant. On the street, pure cocaine is diluted or “cut” with other substances to increase the quantity, and thereby increase the profits of its sellers. (ADA) Cocaine users most often inhale the powder sharply throug…


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