Fast Five Quiz: Psilocybin and Other Hallucinogenic Drugs

Richard H. Sinert, DO


September 07, 2021

Hallucinogens are a diverse group of drugs that includes certain mushrooms, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and phenylcyclohexyl piperidine (PCP). These drugs cause an alteration in perception, thought, or mood. Despite their name, most hallucinogens do not consistently cause hallucinations, which are defined as false sensations that are not based in reality.

Their medical use in certain conditions is under investigation. Psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient found in "magic mushrooms," has been granted breakthrough therapy designation for the treatment of major depressive disorder by the US Food and Drug Administration. Some studies have suggested it may be as effective as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in certain patients.

Are you familiar with key clinical aspects of hallucinogen use, including associated symptoms and best practices for patients with toxicity? Test your knowledge of psilocybin and other key drugs with this short quiz.


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