The 3 Types of Responses to Psychedelics

July 10, 2020 14:05:56

Scientific research shows that psychedelics affect the part of the brain connected with how a person visualizes things, feels, or the mood. It’s believed that psychedelics affect serotonin, a neurotransmitter. This is the main reason why most people who ingest it notice changes in perception, emotion, and cognition.

Also worth noting is the physiological responses that a user may feel that may cause stress and panic, a situation commonly referred to as a ‘bad trip.’

The effect of psychedelics depends on the type of substance. For instance, psilocybin’s general effects differ from those of LSD. The impacts can be short-term or long-term. Another factor that influences a person’s experience is the environment; whatever is present in the surrounding may affect the response.

Sensory Effects

Anyone who uses hallucinogens is bound to experience some changes in what he sees or hears. While recounting their experiences, many attest to changes in their perception of things. The most affected sensory modalities are sight and hearing.

Not all psychedelics cause hallucinations, and it also depends on the dosage taken. A high dosage increases the chances of having sensory experiences. LCD and psilocin, for instance, are known for causing more heightened, more vivid hallucinations and auditory sensitivity

DMTs, on the other hand, can make you visualize deities, figures, memories, or things that are out of this world. The experience happens rapidly and the individual feels an immediate catapult to a different world.

In most cases, the environment the person is in will influence the type of objects that appear in the mind. This could mean visualizing objects or people morph into other shapes. Sensory synesthesia is also common, whereby different senses blend to give an alternate feeling.

Emotional Effects

Mood swings are another effect of psychedelics. It could be a minimal mood change, increased levels of anxiety, or a full-blown feeling of joy and ecstasy. If the worst comes to worst, a person may become frightened, imagining that people or things in the environment are harmful.

A bad trip is often filled with paranoia and other unusual behaviors. However, not all trips are necessarily bad. You can have a hallucinogenic experience that’s filled with scary thoughts, but you will remain safe.

Many people who’ve had psychedelic experiences also report of a feeling of togetherness with their surroundings.

Cognitive Effects

The mind is also affected during psychedelic experiences. During a trip, your thoughts about people and objects may change, making you adopt a different personality.

Research on psychedelics shows that they make the brain more active, whereby it picks on a lot of things that you wouldn’t notice in normal circumstances. So many things happening at the same time that you can’t fully describe it.

Since individuals are different, it is unrealistic for you to imagine that you will experience exactly what another person experienced after taking a psychedelic product. That may explain why companies like StemSation prefer that only trained healthcare professionals administer these drugs and monitor the patient.

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