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Hallucinogens are a diverse group of drugs that alter perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions), thoughts, and feelings. They cause hallucinations, or sensations and images that seem real though they are not. Hallucinogens can be found in some plants and mushrooms (or their extracts) or can be human-made. People have used hallucinogens for centuries, mostly for religious rituals. Common hallucinogens include the following: ayahuasca, DMT, D-lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), peyote (mescaline), and 4-phosphoryloxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (psilocybin). Read the DrugFacts

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2019 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
Hallucinogens Lifetime 2.40 4.70 6.90
Past Year 1.30 3.10 4.60
Past Month 0.60 [1.30] 1.80
Ketamine Past Year - - 0.70
LSD Lifetime 1.60 [3.60] 5.60
Past Year 0.90 2.30 3.60
Past Month 0.40 [1.10] [1.40]
PCP Past Year - - 1.10
Salvia Past Year 0.80 0.90 0.70

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National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs for Ages 12 or Older, Ages 12 to 17, Ages 18 to 25, and Ages 26 or Older; 2018 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period Ages 12 or Older Ages 12 to 17 Ages 18 to 25 Ages 26 or Older
Hallucinogens Lifetime 15.80 2.30 16.40 17.30
Past Year 2.00 1.50 6.90 1.30
Past Month 0.60 0.60 1.70 0.40
LSD Lifetime 10.00 1.30 9.80 11.00
Past Year 0.80 0.80 3.50 0.40
Past Month 0.20 0.20 0.70 0.10
PCP Lifetime 2.20 0.10 0.60 2.70
Past Year 0.00 0.10 0.00 0.00
Past Month 0.00 0.00 ^ 0.00

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    Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs Publication

    Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs

    Offers the latest research findings on hallucinogens and dissociative drugs, describing what they are, how they are abused, and basic facts about different drugs within this classification of drugs.

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