Hallucinogens

Example: LSD, DMT, Psilocybin, 2CB etc.

AKA: Acid, trips, tabs, changa, Dimitri, mushrooms, shrooms, gold tops, blue meanies

 

Hallucinogens are drugs that have an interfering effect on the central nervous system. This means this class of drug interfered with the way electrical signals are transferred in the brain and from your brain to your body, causing changes in perception of reality and thinking.

 

Psychedelics affect all the senses, especially auditory and visual senses, often leading to hallucinations. Psychedelics alter the way we think, our sense of time, and our emotions. It is likely that each experience will be unique and therefore unpredictable. Even if you've taken a psychedelic many times before, psychedelic experiences can be unique and unpredictable.

 

Effects include:

  • Stimulant or depressant effects on heart rate and blood pressure

  • Effects depend on the experience of The Person

  • Confusion / Anxiety

  • Intense perception of sensations in/on the body

  • Meaningful spiritual experiences

  • Ego death (complete loss of sense of who you are)

  • Paranoia, fear and panic

  • Visual hallucinations / kaleidoscopic colours

  • Dizziness and unsteadiness

 
 

Caring for someone under the influence of a hallucinogen/psychedelic

  • Reassure the person

  • Remain calm, patient, and supportive by:

    • Meeting their physical needs- warmth, food, water.

    • Project a calm confident demeanour- slowing down your speech,

    • Take them to a lower stimulus environment

    • Help them focus on slow steady breathing,

    • Use closed not open questions

    • Acknowledge their experience and don’t deny it, or tell them to calm down

 

Signs requiring medical assistance or referral to emergency medical service

  • The person is not conscious of their behaviour​

  • The person’s breathing has changed​

  • They have signs of heart problems​

  • They are showing signs of drug overdose:

    • ​Hot and can’t cool down 

    • Clammy skin 

    • Dry, red (or pale), hot skin (stopped sweating) 

    • Dry mouth 

    • Blue/purple lips 

    • Eyes rolling back/obvious eye ‘wobbles’ 

    • Foot/leg is uncontrollably shaking 

    • Rigid muscles 

    • Unable to walk unassisted 

    • Locked jaw or repeated jaw clenching (even if otherwise well)