Mushroom Detox And Treatment In Alberta
Psychedelic drugs are a subclass of a broader class of drugs, such as hallucinogenic drugs, which includes magic mushrooms. According to Health Canada, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms is psilocybin and psilocin, which are both illegal in Canada. These drugs are classified as a Schedule III controlled substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The sale, production, and possession of these drugs are illegal; however, this does not stop the sale of these drugs on the internet. Hallucinogenic drugs alter drug users' perception and thinking. The drug will affect all the senses and distort reality causing visual or auditory hallucinations. Most of the hallucinogenic drugs that are used are believed to affect the neurotransmitter serotonin.
The abuse of hallucinogenic drugs is not widespread across Alberta; however, magic mushrooms are a popular drug among recreational drug users. Typically, hallucinogenic drug abuse is often part of a more significant drug problem. When magic mushrooms are sold illegally, they will either be dry and whole or ground up into a powder. The mushrooms can be eaten raw or cooked, consumed in a tea, or snorted up the nose. The effects of magic mushrooms are different for each person and will cause a variety of emotions to happen. The hallucinogenic compounds of magic mushrooms distort the senses of reality and affect every sense within the body. The drugs will also alter the person's sense of time, making it seem like time is passing slowly or much faster.
Hallucinogenic drugs are often always unpredictable, and it is impossible to know how it will affect the person who is using them. For example, it does cause rapid changes in mood, a light-headed feeling, anxiety and panic attacks, and confusion, disorientation, and fear or paranoia. Like any other hallucinogenic drug, there are some physical effects. For example, drug users will feel their face become numb and will experience an increased heart rate and blood pressure. Some drug users will feel nausea and even vomit, along with muscle weakness, twitching, convulsions, and high body temperature. Magic mushrooms do not necessarily create a dangerous physical addiction, yet psychological dependence may develop. Like any other drug, it is possible to become dependent on the physical effects of it.
Large amounts of magic mushrooms can create a bad trip, which includes frightening paranoia and a distorted sense of self. Hallucinogenic drugs cause impaired judgment, which can lead to risk-taking behavior, traumatic injuries and even death. Some drug users will also experience frequent or overly intense psychedelic events and even flashbacks long after they have stopped using the drug. The pro-longed or everyday use of magic mushrooms will cause a tolerance, whereby the drug user will no longer experience the same effects. The combination of magic mushrooms with other drugs is also dangerous, such as mixing them with prescription drugs or alcohol.
Recreational drug use does lead to more significant drug problems in life. The recreational use of magic mushrooms often involves using other hallucinogenic drugs. Across the province of Alberta are many different types of drug and alcohol treatment resources. Someone who needs treatment for a hallucinogenic drug problem can access both inpatient and outpatient rehab centers. There are always underlying reasons why someone chooses to abuse drugs, such as magic mushrooms and these reasons should be addressed during treatment. An addiction assessment can determine what course of treatment will work best for someone who is abusing hallucinogenic drugs.