hallucinogens and high blood pressure

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Posted by pinksharkmark on November 03, 2001 at 10:55:47:

In Reply to: shrooms - anybody know of any relation with blood pressure? posted by annemarie on November 03, 2001 at 05:51:39:

All hallucinogens such as mescaline, psilocybin/psilocin, LSD, DMT, etc. have certain physiological effects as well as psychological effects.

The ones most commonly mentioned in the research literature are increases in body temperature, respiration rate, heart rate, and blood pressure. These effects are dose-related. Lower doses produce smaller increases and for shorter periods of time.

People with a history of hypertension should exercise caution when taking hallucinogens, even at low doses. Unlike other medications that should be refrained from before dosing with mushrooms, medication for hypertension should NOT be discontinued before dosing with mushrooms or any hallucinogen.

It should be noted that the increase in blood pressure is relatively small, and of short duration. It has no more effect on a healthy individual than taking a brief jog around the block would.

It should also be noted that blood pressure rises substantially whenever a CH occurs... probably quite a bit more than the rise attributed to hallucinogenic use.


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