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Short and Long Term Effects

Hallucinogens, such as LSD, make you unaware of and indifferent to your surroundings, causing you to be an unsafe driver. These drugs cause you to see and hear things that aren't there, messing up your ability to detect danger and make good decisions. These drugs can make you feel like you have super strength, causing you to be aggressive behind the wheel.

When not driving, this is what hallucinogens can do to you:

  • Magic mushrooms cause relaxation and slight mood changes. Large quantities can cause stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting, or shivering.
  • LSD users have strong feelings of anxiety or fear. Some users feel like bugs are crawling on their skin. Flashbacks are common with LSD and may occur even years later.
  • PCP users may unintentionally injure or even kill themselves because the drug eliminates all sensation of pain. PCP users become very angry, uncontrollable, and unbelievably strong. They also may develop schizophrenia. PCP's effects remain long after drug use ends, and flashbacks may occur even years later.

Short-Term Effects

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Heart failure
  • Abnormal, rapid breathing
  • Lung failure
  • Changed emotional feelings
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Suspiciousness
  • Mixed-up speech
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Meaningless movements
  • Irrational actions
  • Violent behavior
  • Distorted reality
  • Aggressiveness
  • Distorted sense of time and space
  • Sense of relaxation and well-being
  • Nausea and loss of appetite
  • Chills and flushing
  • Shaking
  • Poor coordination
  • Distorted body image, feeling of floating or out-of-body experiences
  • Dilated eyes
  • Seeing things that aren't really there
  • Unpredictable trips, which can be pleasant or a nightmare, causing panic

Long-Term Effects

  • Flashbacks weeks, months, or even years after the drug use
  • Flashbacks may be set off by using other drugs or by physical exercise
  • Flashbacks may be pleasant or a living nightmare
  • Most flashbacks last a very short time, only a minute or two
  • Decreased motivation
  • Prolonged depression
  • Increased panic
  • Impaired memory and concentration
  • Possible severe mental disturbances
  • Psychosis
  • Increased delusions
  • Bad trips may last hours, weeks, and even months