They provide unlimited wealth for some and untold misery for others. From London to Peru, people the world over are affected by drugs.
Unlike most other drugs, the effects of hallucinogens are highly variable and unreliable, producing different effects in different people at different times. This is mainly due to the significant variations in the composition of active compounds, particularly in the hallucinogens derived from plants and mushrooms.
According to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health approximately 1.3 million persons aged 12 or older used hallucinogens for the first time in the past year. Psilocybin and LSD have both proved to be useful in the treatment of cluster headaches. Dubbed ‘suicide headaches’ due to the extreme pain experienced by sufferers, they affect about 1 in every 1,000 people.