The world of psychedelic and hallucinogenic drugs can be quite complicated. Those without biochemistry degrees may be surprised to know that hallucinogens fall into several different groups or classes.
These groups are defined by the way these drugs operate, and they include:
- Serotogenic Psychadelics: These drugs impact serotonin receptors in the brain, including DMT, LSD, and psyilocybin.
- Entactogens: These drugs are most similar to amphetamines, and may be considered “psychedelic amphetamines” in some circles. This group includes drugs like MDMA.
- Dissociatives: These drugs are more likely to cause depressive effects and withdrawals and include ketamine, PCP, and angel dust.
- Cannabanoids and Atypical Hallucinogens: These drugs may have psychedelic effects that result in various symptoms. This group includes all other unclassified psychedelics, along with marijuana (THC).1
Psychedelic amphetamines are in the group known as “entactogens.” This type of psychedelic is hard to control, and may result in temporary feelings of pleasure, or they may result in terrible emotional and mental experiences, dangerous behavior, or addiction.1
The following drugs are all psychedelic amphetamines:
- MDA (Methylenedioxyamphetamine)
- DOB (Dimethoxybromoamphetamine) also known as brolamfetamine and bromo-DMA
- DOC (2,5-dimethoxy-4-chloroamphetamine)
- DOI (2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine)
- TMA-2 (2,4,5-trimethoxyamphetamine)
Is This LSD or Something Else?
These drugs, sometimes called designer drugs, are relatively rare, but they occasionally turn up as counterfeit LSD on blotter paper. They do not share the same safety profile as LSD and can be dangerous or lethal in high doses.
These drugs also cause very different effects than LSD does, and they often take several hours to kick in; however, once they do take effect, they can create mind-altering effects that can last for 18-30 hours. While some people may believe these drugs are not controlled substances, they are all derivatives of controlled substances, so they are illegal to possess, distribute or ingest.
Effects of Psychedelic Amphetamines
Although reports vary wildly and are only based on a handful of cases, side effects of psychedelic amphetamines (entactogens) include the following problems:
- Long lasting hallucinogenic trips
- Losing track of time
- Engaging in dangerous behavior that the user would not likely take part in while sober
- Using other drugs
- Overdose due to the long wait for the drug to kick in
- Paranoia, terror or other symptoms of a bad trip that last much longer than LSD
- Increased blood pressure
- Heart problems
These effects can be dangerous, so do not underestimate them.
Risks Associated with Psychedelic Amphetamines
The fact that many users report pleasant effects only underscores the dangers associated with these drugs. While medical professionals debate whether or not these drugs are physically addictive, they can cause a psychological addiction.
As with LSD, these drugs provide a long-lasting escape from reality that can be very tempting for people who already struggle. For instance, people with disorders like anxiety, depression, dissociative disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder or bipolar disorder should be especially mindful of the addictive potential of drugs and alcohol.
Psychedelic amphetamines can cause any of the following issues:
- Potentially fatal overdose
- Bad trips
- Drug interaction complications
- Cardiovascular problems
If you suffer from any of these problems and abuse psychedelic drugs, seek professional help as soon as possible.
Treatment for Psychedelic Amphetamine Addiction
Treatment for a psychedelic amphetamine addiction involves a careful diagnosis of the addicted person’s emotional and physical health as well as the following components:
- Detailed diagnosis of all co-occurring disorders
- Individual counseling
- Dual Diagnosis treatment of all connected issues
- Medically supervised detox
- Support group sessions
- Spiritual or emotional care
- Coping skill development
These programs offer both inpatient and outpatient formats depending on the diagnosis.
Help for Psychedelic Amphetamine Addiction
If you are concerned about a loved one’s or your own use of psychedelic amphetamines, then call our toll-free, 24-hour helpline immediately. Our recovery professionals offer professional, confidential advice; they can answer your questions and can connect you with the best treatment programs for your specific needs. Using psychedelic drugs suggests an undiagnosed emotional or mental distress, so call 310-774-2043 today for immediate help.
1Garcia-Romeu A, Kersgaard B, Addy PH. Clinical applications of hallucinogens: A review. Exp Clin Psychopharmacology. 2016.