Psychedelics Essay by The Research Group

Psychedelics
Examines effects on perception & cognition of LSD, Ecstasy, Peyote, Mescaline, Psilocybin, PCP.
# 10360 | 900 words | 1 source | 2001 | US
Published on May 12, 2003 in Medical and Health (Drugs)


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"Psychedelics refers to a groups of drugs (also called psychotomimetics and hallucinogens) that distort the recreational user's perception and cognition. This group includes LSD (acid), peyote, mescaline, psilocybin, and MDMA (ecstasy). Psychedelics increase awareness of sensory stimuli but decrease the user's ability to control what is experienced. The arylcyclohexylamines, or psychedelic anesthetics phencyclidine (also known as PCP or angel dust) and ketamine are veterinary anesthetics that are sometimes taken by human beings as recreational drugs. Like the psychedelics they are hallucinogenic and they "cause users to feel dissociated from themselves and their environments" (Leavitt, 1995, p. 55).

"Psilocybin, mescaline and LSD produce tolerance quite rapidly and are cross tolerant. There are only minimal...."

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