Hallucinogens - a diverse group of drugs that alter a person’s awareness of their surroundings as well as their own thoughts and feelings.
Two types of hallucinogens include:
- Classic hallucinogens – LSD: Lysergic Acid Diethylamide is a synthetic chemical made from a substance found in ergot. Ergot is a fungus that infects rye grain.
- Dissociative drugs – PCP: phencyclidine is a dissociative anesthetic with sedative and anesthetic effects that are trance-like. People experience effects including “out of body” and detached from their environment. PCP is commonly known as angel dust, killer weed or supergrass. Both types cause hallucinations, or sensations and images that seem real but they are not.
- Dissociative drugs can cause users to feel out of control or disconnected from their body and environment.