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Where Do Hallucinogens Come From?


Some hallucinogens can be found in plants. Mescaline comes from a cactus called peyote. And certain mushrooms, also known as “magic” mushrooms, are hallucinogens.

But many hallucinogens are chemicals that don’t occur in nature. Some examples are:

  • LSD, also called acid
  • MDA, also called the “love drug,” related to the stimulant amphetamine
  • MDMA, known as ecstasy, also related to amphetamine
  • PCP, often called angel dust