Psilocybin: Personal and social consequences

Last modified: Saturday, 20. June 2009 - 3:03 pm

One of the most significant personal consequences of psilocybin use is self-inflicted injury. During an euphoric or “good trip” users can overestimate their abilities and use poor judgement. There are reports of users trying to drive a car, standing in front of a moving vehicle, trying to walk on water, or jumping out of high places. Such feats have resulted in life-long injuries and in some cases, death.
On the other end of the spectrum, harm is done to others when users experience fear and panic attacks from “bad trips” or frightful visions. Users have been known to attack their family, friends, or medical staff while under the delusion that such ones were trying to harm them. Though the effects of psilocybin rarely persist after 24 hours, the results of poor judgement can last a lifetime. Also, people convicted of psilocybin possession can be disqualified from obtaining federal college grants and loans.
According to the 1999 Ontario Student Drug Use Survey, researchers note that substance abuse disorders account for the most prevalent mental health conditions in young people. As the abusing population increases, so will future clinical needs of this population. Psilocybin use can precipitate long-term mental illness.

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