Hallucinogens are illegal drugs that cause profound distortions in a person's perceptions of reality. These drugs cause hallucinations, or sensations and images that seem real though they are not. Hallucinogens include LSD, ketamine, PCP, 2C-B, mushrooms (psilocybin), dextromethorphan (DXM), and salvia.
The use of LSD through "micro-dosing" has become a risky trend among young adults. Micro-dosing is when a person takes a smaller than typical dose of LSD or another hallucinogen at regular intervals. Adverse health effects can occur at any dose and micro-dosing is not considered safe.
Street names of these drugs include: Acid, Blotter, Blue Heaven, Cubes, Microdot, Yellow Sunshine
Adverse Health & Safety Effects
Short-term: Impulsiveness and rapid emotional swings; distortion of a person's ability to recognize reality, think rationally, or communicate with others; raised blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature; dizziness; loss of appetite; tremors; enlarged pupils.
Long-term: Frightening flashbacks (called Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder [HPPD]); persistent psychosis, ongoing visual disturbances, disorganized thinking, paranoia, and mood swings.
For more information: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/hallucinogens
How to Get Help
University Health & Counseling Services provides integrated health services. Clinicians with expertise in primary care, substance use disorders, and mental health work collaboratively to ensure high quality care. We offer evidence-based alcohol and substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery support services to students.
Walk-in visits are available during all office hours. If you would like to see a counselor, walk in to 220 Sears. After hours, you can contact the counselor on call at 216.368.5872. Use MyHealthConnect to schedule appointments for the Health Service or call 216.368.2450.
For on-campus emergencies, contact CWRU Police at 216.368.3333. If you are off-campus, dial 911
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
- SAMHSA's National Helpline: 800.662.4357 (HELP)