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Hallucinogen Use in College Students: Current Trends and Consequences of Use

[ Vol. 9 , Issue. 2 ]


Lena S. Jia* and Jessica A. Gold   Pages 115 - 127 ( 13 )


Hallucinogens are a drug class that is growing in popularity with college students. Recent experimental trends, such as microdosing, have helped promote the use of hallucinogens on campus, and students may be tempted to use these substances due to their beliefs about the drugs’ positive effects on mood. Although hallucinogens are not currently an established form of medical therapy, studies have shown that they have significant benefits as adjunctive treatments for psychological disorders. However, the recreational use of these drugs in college students often occurs in uncontrolled doses or with drug mixing, which is often dangerous. Furthermore, students with mental health disorders may have their symptoms masked by hallucinogenic drug use, which could delay treatment and have serious consequences. Long-term use of these drugs may also result in tolerance or hallucinogen persisting perception disorder. This article attempts to review current information regarding hallucinogen use and how it applies to the college population.


College students, drug use, hallucinogens, substance abuse, university, young adults.


Department of Psychiatry, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

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