The more technical term for “magic” mushrooms or “’shrooms” is Psilocybin mushrooms. For our readers who may not know, these particular types of mushrooms are a type of hallucinogen drug that can either be eaten in their dried mushroom form or consumed as a white powder. The term “hallucinogen” means that taking this drug will cause a person to experience an altered sense of reality (also known as “tripping”). Keep in mind that hallucinations can range from intriguing and pleasurable to frightening and anxiety producing. The types of intense experiences that can accompany the use of hallucinogens can be physically and emotionally uncomfortable, and the memory can stay with the user for a long time. Flashbacks of “trips” can also be a common phenomenon of users of the drug.
In small amounts these mushrooms can bring on feelings of relaxation and physical distortion, such as feeling detached from one’s body, feeling as if one was observing him/herself, or seeing special images or arrangements of color and light. In large amounts, Psilocybin mushrooms can produce certain physical sensations, such as lightheadedness, shivering or sweating, nausea, and numbness of the tongue, lips and mouth. Regardless of the amount of the drug that is taken, some users will also experience an increase in blood pressure, heart rate and breathing. This drug can also change a person’s perception of time, making minutes feel like hours. Anxiety and fear can also be experienced by some users of Psilocybin mushrooms, making the various effects of this drug subsequently difficult to endure.
Psilocybin mushrooms do not generally cause dangerous physical reactions, and physical dependence and addiction are also unlikely to occur. However, it is important to remember that individuals will have different experiences with this drug based on a number of factors, including:
One of the most dangerous things about using Psilocybin mushrooms is that it is a very difficult variety of mushroom to identify in the wild and in its dried form. And taking the wrong kind of mushroom could cause severe health problems. There are other forms of fungi that look similar to Psilocybin mushrooms that can cause hallucinations, but these hallucinations are much more dangerous. In fact, taking a toxic mushroom by accident can actually be deadly. So keep in mind that in looking at what you think are “magic” mushrooms, you may be mistaken, the person who sold or gave them to you may also be mistaken as they try to assure you of what they are giving you. In other cases, some addicts have also talked about picking mushrooms from their own backyards and selling them to teens (especially at concerts) claiming they are Psilocybin mushrooms in order to make money to support their own drug habits. So you have to watch out for people trying to pass on what they say are “magic” mushrooms when in fact they just do not know, or they just do not care.
Another dangerous aspect of using Psilocybin mushrooms is that it is possible to soak these mushrooms in the liquid form of LSD, or to mix LSD with Psilocybin in its powdered form. This adds another dimension to using the drug, as LSD’s effects, though similar to “magic” mushrooms, last longer. In addition, drugs said to be LSD often contain other chemicals, such as strychnine (which is poisonous) or PCP (also known as “angel dust”), a very dangerous hallucinogen.
TeenHealthFX understands that it is very tempting for some adolescents to want to try certain drugs – to experience the effects first hand. And while some drugs certainly do have more risks with use than others, any use of illegal substances brings with it some kind of risk – and it is important to be aware and well-educated about those risks before exposing your body and mind to something that could be potentially harmful and dangerous to you.
If you need any other information on this drug or any other type of drug, you can do a search on this website or contact the National Institute on Drug Abuse & Alcoholism at 1-888-644-6432.
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Statistics show that giving a teen a credit card does not teach them to be financially responsible or to encourage self-restraint, but actually promotes a “spend now and deal with the consequences later” mindset.
Girls are more likely to intentionally abuse prescription drugs than boys.
The reality of excessive interest rates and fees that often accompany credit card use for teens, can put youngsters in a position where they are losing out on admission to graduate school, getting a job, or renting an apartment because of damaged credit history.
Less than 33% of teens with depression get help, yet 80% of teens with depression can be successfully treated if they seek help from a doctor or therapist.
Traffic crashes are the greatest single cause of death for all persons age 6-33, and about 45% of these fatalities are alcohol-related crashes.
About 6.2 million Americans get a new genital HPV infection each year.
30% of teens with depression also have a substance abuse problem.
Freshmen bring an average of $1,585.00 in credit card debt to college.
About a third of women who seek services related to unprotected sex, such as pregnancy testing or emergency contraception, do not receive STD counseling, testing, or treatment.
7-10% of college students will drop out of school because of credit problems.
Teens with untreated depression are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors, leading to higher rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Most smokers begin smoking as teens, and the average age of initiation is 12.5 years of age.
People with manic symptoms and Bipolar Disorder II are at a significant risk of later developing an alcohol abuse or dependence problem.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for 36% of all deaths in this age group.
The teen pregnancy rate in the United States is the highest of any industrialized democracy, nearly twice that of Great Britain and 10 times that of Japan. 4
Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use, and male high school students are more likely than female students to rarely or never wear seat belts.
A national study of women ages 15-44 found that women were almost twice as likely to receive contraceptive services rather than STD services.
The teenage pregnancy rate in the U.S. is at its lowest level in thirty years, down 36% since its peak in 1990. Research suggests that both increased abstinence and positive changes in contraceptive practice are responsible these recent declines in teen pregnancy.
A sexually active teenager who does not use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within one year. 8
In the United States, at least 5-10 million girls and women and 1 million boys and men are struggling with eating disorders. 11
Among male drivers between 15 and 20 years of age who were involved in fatal crashes in 2005, 38% were speeding at the time of the crash and 24% had been drinking.
Homicide is the second leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds overall. 16
Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. 22
One in four teenage girls in the U.S. had at least one common sexually transmitted disease.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youths ages 15 to 20. 19
The highest Chlamydia rates occurred among women ages 15 to 19 and 20 to 24.
About 44% of rape victims are under age 18. Three out of every twenty victims (15%) are under age 12. 25
Each year, half of all HIV infections are among people under the age of 25.
Crash risk is particularly high during the first year that teenagers are eligible to drive.
One out of every six American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. A total of 17.7 million women have been victims of these crimes. 23
Teen girls ages 15-19 have the highest Gonorrhea rate of any age group.
The motor vehicle death rate for male drivers and passengers ages 16-19 is more than one and half times that of their female counterparts.
More than four in 10 young women become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20 - nearly one million teen pregnancies a year 3
The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers; the risk increases with the number of teen passengers.
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The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16- to 19-year-olds than among any other age group.
Underage drinking costs the U.S. more than $58 billion every year; enough to buy every public school student a state-of-the-art computer.
At all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of involvement in a motor vehicle crash is greater for teens than for older drivers.
Teens who drink are more likely to be victims of violent crimes and sexual assault, have serious problems in school, be involved in drinking-related traffic crashes, and develop problems with alcohol later in life.
Nearly all the poison deaths in the U.S. are attributed to drugs, and most drug poisonings result from the abuse of prescription and illegal drugs.
Alcohol kills 6.5 times more youth than all other illicit drugs combined.
Persons aged 15-24, who represent only 14% of the U.S. population, account for 30% ($19 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% ($7 billion) among females.
Among young people ages 12-17, prescription drugs have become the second most abused illegal drug, behind marijuana.