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Serotonergic Hallucinogens

  • Mireille M. Meyerhoefer
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Abstract

In a fundamental sense, perceptions define our world and our place within it. Mind altering compounds have been a source of fascination, recreation, and deification throughout human history. We now know that some of the oldest hallucinogens produce their effects through the serotonin system. In addition to the sense of enlightenment sought by casual users there is renewed interest in the potential use of these drugs therapeutically and as tools for studying the mind and mental illness. Serotonergic hallucinogens may hold particular promise in this regard because of the already established links between the serotonergic system and mental processes such as idiopathic psychosis, anxiety, depression, migraine headaches, transcendental states, drug abuse, stress disorders, and cognitive dysfunctions.

Keywords

Hallucinogen Lysergic acid diethylamide Mescaline Ecstasy Serotonin Flashbacks Indolealkylamine hallucinogens Phenethylamine hallucinogens 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Neuroscience CenterLehigh Valley Health NetworkAllentownUSA

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