What are Flashbacks ?

Flashbacks are episodes that occur to some chronic users of hallucinogenic drugs, and they are characterized by :

  • visual illusions,
  • distortions of sensations, and
  • hallucinations.

Those episodes appear after the addict person has discontinued the use of the drug. Flashbacks are produced by hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide), but barbiturates and marijuana may produce them too.

Flashbacks disappear spontaneously after some month, but in some cases the phenomena can last even a year.

(Edited by Dr. María Moya Guirao, MD)


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