The Problem With Antidrug

There is little scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of antidrug messages or their impact on the drug-use decisions of adolescents. Media campaigns such as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America have yet to be proven effective in the reduction of illegal drug use among adolescents. While these advertisements have been shown to strengthen antidrug attitudes among young children and nondrug-using adults, similar effects have not been seen in the attitudes or drug-using behavior of...

Manufacture

Pure psilocybin was manufactured by several Swiss pharmaceutical companies, but underground (illegal) manufacturers found it too costly to produce. In recent years, kits of the spores necessary to grow these hallucinogenic mushrooms have been widely sold through the mail and in stores since the spores themselves do not contain psilocybin, they are not technically illegal. It is important to be aware that it requires considerable education and skill to properly identify and differentiate the...

Acute And Chronic Effects A Discussion

Short-term, acute effects describe a condition that is temporary and short-lived long-term, chronic effects are cumulative and can last a lifetime. There are consequences to the short-term effects of hallucinogens that can greatly influence a teen's long-term future. Although the hallucinogenic high eventually ends, and therefore is considered temporary, in real-world settings such as the classroom, a hallucinogenic trip can have lasting consequences. The structured activities of the classroom...

Psilocybin And Psilocin Psychedelic Mushrooms

Psychedelic mushrooms containing psilocybin and psilocin grow naturally in many parts of the world, including Europe, Southeast Asia, Central and South America, Mexico, along the Gulf Coast, and in much of the southeastern United States. More than a dozen species of hallucinogenic mushrooms grow in the fields and woods of the Pacific Northwest. In fact, researchers have identified over 90 mushroom species that contain psilocybin and psilocin, with more still being discovered. The most commonly...

Route of Exposure

Psilocybin is usually available as a mushroom and sometimes as a white powder. Hallucinogenic mushrooms are difficult to digest raw and are reported to have a horrible taste. Although many people think that psilocybin is the active psychedelic component of these magic mushrooms, this is a mistaken view. Once ingested, the psilocybin is Psychedelic mushrooms grow naturally in many parts of the world and vary greatly in their potency. Factors such as the strain, type, size, and age of the...

Tolerance

As the body becomes tolerant to the effects of a drug, users need to take ever-increasing quantities of the substance to achieve the same effects experienced at lower doses. This is why tolerance is such an important characteristic of dependence on certain drugs. Multiple studies have shown that tolerance to hallucinogens such as LSD, mescaline, psilocybin, and psilocin builds very quickly after three to four days of drug taking, the user does not experience any psychedelic effect regardless of...

Teenage Trends and Attitudes

Adolescent trends in drug use have been tracked for over 25 years. Researchers use this wealth of data to predict future drug trends and their possible implications for adolescent health and society at large. Patterns of drug use tend to be inversely related to perceived health risks. For example, in recent years, as knowledge of the health risks from cigarette smoking has increased, the number of teens who smoke has declined. This inverse relationship, however, has not been evident in LSD and...

Hallucinogens And The Human Body

Pharmacologists investigate the effects of drugs on the human body, often using results from animal studies to predict drug reactions in humans. The dose of the drug, its route of exposure (ingestion versus inhalation, for example), the duration of the drug's effects, how the drug interacts with the different organ systems within the body, and other variables are studied to determine how a person will respond to a drug. Certain hallucinogens share similar chemical structures and are often...

Fly Agaric Mushroom Amanita Muscaria

Since prehistoric times, ancient peoples have used the red-capped, white-spotted hallucinogenic mushroom called fly agaric (so named because a substance in the mushroom kills flies) as part of shamanistic rituals. Shamans were priests who acted as a the link to the spirit world. After drinking the extract from this mushroom, shamans translated the divine will and prophecies of the gods for their fellow tribesmen. Since this mushroom is native to Siberia, some say the word shaman originated...

Hallucinogen Dependency

Drug addiction is a compulsive craving for a drug and has several components. One of the most important is tolerance the need to use more and more of a drug to achieve the same effects. Since the body becomes tolerant to the effects of many drugs, users eventually feel less of an effect and therefore need to increase the dose of the drug to achieve the same high. This phenomenon of tolerance can increase a person's dependence on drugs. Withdrawal symptoms are also an important component of...