- Written by Marcel Gemme C.C.D.C
What is a Psychedelic Drug?
A psychedelic drug is a drug or combination of drugs that not only alter a person's state of mind, but have been proven to change or alter sensory perceptions and create hallucinations, and sometimes even a sense of disconnect from their bodies.
Psychedelic drugs have been around for decades, some of which even centuries, but psychedelics really became popular during the hippie movement of the 1960s at the height of the Vietnam War.
Many of the popular rock songs from the 60s and 70s were riddled with psychedelic drug related undertones, which almost seemed to glorify and encourage people to take part and ‘feel’ the experience.
As the hippie movement ended, so did the popularity of psychedelic drugs. They didn’t disappear completely, but it wasn’t heard of as much until some of them appeared again in the 1980s with ecstasy or “X” as many call it.
It is believed that nitrous oxide is the first known psychedelic drug, which is actually deadly if not used in combination with oxygen. For those who may not know the term nitrous oxide, it’s simply the gas that you can choose to receive at the dentist office when undergoing dental work.
There are many names for psychedelic drugs, some of which are controversial as to whether they are true psychedelics or not. Cannabis has been cited by some as being a psychedelic drug because if used in larger quantities, it has been known to create psychedelic reactions in some people.
More typically known psychedelic drugs are Ecstasy, LSD (acid), peyote (created from the peyote cactus), Magic Mushrooms, Mescaline and Opium.
Many who have had ‘bad trips’ continue to have flashbacks for months, even though the drug may not have been used again since.
All of these drugs affect thein the brain and cannot only be life threatening, but can also create long-term problems.
Where Can I Find a Psychedelic Drugs Treatment?
There are several places where you can find help for psychedelic drugs addiction in Canada. There are different settings such as residential, outpatient, etc. Is a detox needed? Alternatively, you might want a drug rehab center in order to help with psychedelic drugs addiction. One of our counselors can do an assessment and give you the best option on psychedelic drugs programs for you or someone you love. Let us help you.