Desired Effects:Similar to LSD i.e. hallucinations and hilarity - but shorter-acting, 3-7 hours depending on how many are taken.
Side Effects:Confusion, disorientation, loss of coordination, nausea, distortions in time and space, dizziness. Hallucinogens unpredictable and subjective in their nature and symptoms can vary.
Long term risks:As with other hallucinogenic substances there may be some risk of triggering underlying psychological problems. Not physically addictive although they can create short term increases in tolerance.
Short term risks:Accidents whilst under the influence, anxiety, emotional distress (i.e. bad-trip). Poisoning, by accidentally picking a more toxic variety of mushroom.
Parents & other relatives
Many drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents, family members and partners of people using drugs. They may provide relative support groups or advice, guidance and counselling on a one to one basis.