Psilocybin, also known as “mushrooms” or “magic mushrooms,” is technically considered a hallucinogen, which means it’s a drug that causes people to hallucinate. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains hallucinations as, “profound distortions in a person’s perceptions of reality.”
Some hallucinogens are man-made, while others can be found in nature (think plants and mushrooms and their extracts). Generally, hallucinogens fall into two groups: 1) dissociative drugs like PCP, and 2) classic hallucinogens like LSD. When people are under the influence of either type of hallucinogen, they can experience:
- Seeing images
- Hearing Sounds
- Intense emotional swings
- Feeling sensations that seem very real but they are not
The most common hallucinogens and dissociative drugs include mushrooms, LSD, peyote, DMT, Ayahusca, PCP, Ketamine, DXM, and salvia divinorum. Mushrooms, aka “Psilocybin,” come from mushrooms grown in subtropical regions of Mexico, South America, and the United States.
Mushrooms (boomers, little smoke, or shrooms) can be eaten dried or fresh and raw. They can be mixed in people’s food or they can be made into a tea. However they’re consumed, they produce similar effects to LSD.
Some of the side effects associated with psilocybin:
- Panic attacks,
- Blurred vision,
- Impaired judgement,
- Increased blood pressure,
- Increase of accidents due to impaired judgement, and
- Risk of having a “bad trip,” which can be psychologically disturbing.
Under the Texas Controlled Substances Act, mushrooms are categorized under Penalty Group 2-A. If you are accused of mushroom possession, you could face felony charges ranging from a state jail felony to a first-degree felony depending on the facts of the case. To see the penalties for felonies in Texas, click here.
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Are you being accused of mushroom possession? If so, there is much to consider. We’d want to know, were they found on your person, or were they found in a purse, backpack, car, or home? Even if they were found on you, it’s still important to explore your defense options. We urge you to contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC at once to schedule your initial case evaluation.