Author Question: Hallucinogens

Stephane Asks:

I’m writing a story where one of the characters comes in contact with a hallucinogen that plagues the person with their greatest fear. Could this hallucinogens be fatal? Would there be long term affects? How long does a normal hallucinogen last? What are the affects on the human body? Heart rate, breathing and so forth.

Jordyn Says:

What are the common hallucinogens? These would be LSD, Hallucinogenic mushrooms, Psilocybin (active ingredient in mushrooms– I believe this can be synthesized), DMT, Ayahausca (which is an hallucinogenic jungle vine.)

Here are some links you might find interesting:

Psychology Today: Hallucinogens: http://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/hallucinogens

Psilocybin and Brain Function: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/unique-everybody-else/201210/psilocybin-and-brain-function

Magic Mushroom altering personality: http://www.livescience.com/16287-mushrooms-alter-personality-long-term.html

DMT: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimethyltryptamine

Ayahuasca: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayahuasca

http://www.soberliving.com/resources/addictions/ayahuasca-hallucinogenic-drug-south-america-trip-trip-shamans

The effects of hallucinogens generally last 6-12 hours. They are generally not fatal. What can be fatal is if a person does something under the effects of a hallucinogen– like jump off of a building.

Symptoms of hallucinogens:  http://www.testsymptomsathome.com/sym_drug_hallucinogens.asp

Long term effects of abusing hallucinogens: Permanent floaters (in eye vision), psychosis, and mental health issues.

Two lists of short and long term symptoms:

http://www2.courtinfo.ca.gov/stopteendui/teens/resources/substances/hallucinogens/short-and-long-term-effects.cfm

http://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/hallucinogens

Author Question: Hallucinogenic Drugs

Kristin Asks:

I am an aspiring young writer who is currently working on a futuristic dystopian novel set during a second Holocaust. The villain is conducting massive Dr. Mengele-like experiments on thousands of people. My question is, is there a known prescription drug that you’ve run across that, once injected into the human bloodstream, could cause disturbing auditory and visual hallucinations and/or nightmares?

Jordyn Says:

Put simply, a hallucination is something a person experiences that others do not see and hear. They can be auditory (hearing) or visual.

Some hallucinations direct a person to do bad things– to hurt or kill themselves and/or others.

There are many drugs that can cause hallucinations. I’m going to link you to a couple of lists.

http://www.ehow.com/about_5390930_prescription-drugs-can-cause-hallucinations.html

http://www.adr.org.uk/factsheets/hallucinations.pdf

http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/symptoms/hallucinations/overview.html

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Kristin is a Christian high school girl in the Midwestern United States and an aspiring writer. She has written numerous poems and short stories, and several half-completed novels. She is currently working on a novel she hopes to complete in the spring, a futuristic dystopian entitled Asylum, written from the perspective of a victim of a second Holocaust who is being held prisoner in a mental hospital in London. Kristin lives at home with her parents, younger siblings, and her mutt dog, Shadow. She spends most of her free time writing or studying Spanish and Mandarin.