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Topic 3 – Hallucinogens/Psychedelics

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This classification includes a wide variety of substances with myriad effects. Humans have used them for tens of thousands of years for religious, social, ceremonial and medical purposes. We will focus on only a few of the substances in this category as most (excluding Cannabis) are used in statistically less significant numbers and cause less harm than the other classifications of substances.

General Effects
Hallucinogens cause people to have experiences that are different from their ordinary reality. The conscious mind becomes aware of things that it normally is not aware of. Hallucinations can range from mild distortions of the senses to an intense experience where one believes a vision or other altered perception is real and is unaware it is the effect of the drug.

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Did you know:

There has been renewed interest in studying certain hallucinogens for their healing properties despite being illegal under the Canadian Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Results from a Johns Hopkins University study have shown an 80% abstinence rate for smokers who were treated with psilocybin, a hallucinogen, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.

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