Psilocybin

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Psilocybin

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Psilocybin(sill-low-sigh-bin)aka shrooms, magic mushrooms, mushies, blue meanies, golden tops, liberty caps.

Long Term Effects: ~A few days or even a year later, the brain can produce flashbacks. Flashbacks can be brought on by using other drugs, stress, tiredness or exercise and usually last for a minute or two.~Rapid and intense emotional mood swings.~Panic attacks~Psychosis- a complete loss of contact with reality

Hallucinogen-can make a person see, hear, smell, feel or taste things that aren’t really there or are different from how they are in reality.

Mushrooms are usually sold as dried mushrooms, a powder or as capsules. They are often eaten fresh, cooked or brewed into a tea. They are sometimes mixed with tobacco or cannabis, and smoked. The mushrooms have long, slender stems topped by caps with dark gills on theunderside. Fresh mushrooms have white or whitish-gray stems;the caps are dark brown around the edges and light brown orwhite in the center. Dried mushrooms are usually rusty brownwith isolated areas of off-white.-DEA Drug Facts Sheet

Short Term Effects:(2 grams of mushrooms; 6 hour trip)~Nausea~Vomiting~Muscle weakness~Lack of coordination~Feeling happy and relaxed ~Seeing and hearing things that aren’t there ~Confusion and trouble ~concentrating ~Dizziness ~Blurred vision ~Clumsiness ~Fast or irregular heart beat ~Breathing quickly~Sweating and chills ~Numbness

Risks:"Mushrooms work by disrupting how your nerve cells and the neurotransmitter serotonin interact throughout the brain and spinal cord. Mushrooms distort the way you process information and can make you hallucinate" ( Drug News). And when you hallucinate it becomes difficult to sepparrate reality from fantasy. In this state of mind, it’s easy for unexpected and dangerous accident to happen.

Since Psilocybin is a Schedule I substance under the ControlledSubstances Act, meaning that it has a high potential for abuse,no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.-DEA Drug Facts Sheet

Work Cited~"DEA / Drug Fact Sheets." DEA / Drug Fact Sheets. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2014.~"Hallucinogens Facts." Drug News. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.~"Mushrooms - Above the Influence." Above the Influence. N.p., 13 Feb. 2014. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.~"Psilocybin (mushrooms) - Drugs.com." Psilocybin (mushrooms) - Drugs.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.~"Related Links." EMCDDA. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.

All drugs should be taken seriously, but psilocybin is not on the same level of seriousness as cocaine or heroin would be. People are more likely going to overdose on one cocaine or heroin than on mushrooms. There aren't many ways to stop the consumption of psilocybin, but educating people on the risks and effects of the drug can always help. Scentists can do more research on the long term and short term effects to further the knowledge we have in order to better educate people. And if the government were to make the drug legal, they could put very high tax on the price so that people are less likely to but it. But that could cause people to make new designer drugs that resemble shrooms that could be potentually more harmful than the real drug.

Dark gills on the underside of the mushroom.


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