What Do Hallucinogens Look Like?

Hallucinogens are usually separated into two main categories; classic hallucinogens and dissociative drugs. While both categories of hallucinogens can cause hallucinations (images or sensations that seem real but are not actually there), dissociative drugs are known to cause the user to feel disconnected from the environment or not in complete control of their body.

Because of the wide variety of hallucinogens out there and actively being used, people may have questions like, “How dangerous are hallucinogens?” and “What colors are hallucinogens?” Read on to find out.

What mg are Hallucinogens?

The milligrams of each dose of hallucinogen can vary, especially considering that there are over five different common hallucinogen drugs. This is also why it can be especially hard to say exactly how to identify hallucinogens. These include:

  • Ayahuasca
  • DMT
  • LSD
  • Marijuana
  • Mescaline
  • PCP
  • Psilocybin

It is said that doses larger than 3 mg can cause hallucinogenic effects to the user.

What do Hallucinogens Look Like?

Hallucinogens can vary greatly from one to the next in hallucinogen physical appearance. However, here is a list of common hallucinogens and their descriptions:

Classic Hallucinogens:

LSD (D-lysergic acid diethylamide). Clear, white, odorless. Made from lysergic acid. Usually found in a fungus that stems from grains.

Psilocybin (4-phosphoryloxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine). Comes from mushrooms that are found in certain regions of South America, the US, and Mexico. This hallucinogen looks like a standard mushroom with a brownish/grey color.

DMT (N,N-dimethyltryptamine). Naturally grows in the Amazon. The synthetic version of DMT usually is a white hallucinogens colors and takes the form of a powder that the user can smoke.

Dissociative Drugs:

PCP (Phencyclidine). Can be found as tablets, capsules, in liquid form, or even as a white powder. This hallucinogen was originally used for surgery but is no longer medically used because of the intense side effects.

Ketamine. Ketamine is most commonly found as a powder or pill and has also been occasionally used as an anesthetic. Ketamine is usually snorted, and it can even be snuck into drinks as a date-rape drug.

Saliva (Salvia Divinorum). This is a plant that is frequent in South America and Mexico. This hallucinogen is usually used by eating the leaves or by drinking the juice that comes from the plant. The dried leaves of the plant can also be smoked.


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