An analysis of psychedelic drug flashbacks

Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 1976;3(3):425-38. doi: 10.3109/00952997609014284.


Psychedelic drug flashbacks have been a puzzling clinical phenomenon observed by clinicians. Flashbacks are defined as transient, spontaneous recurrences of the psychedelic drug effect appearing after a period of normalcy following an intoxication of psychedelics. The paper traces the evolution of the concept of flashback and gives examples of the varieties encountered. Although many drugs have been advocated for the treatment of flashback, flashbacks generally decrease in intensity and frequency with abstinence from psychedelic drugs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Hallucinations / chemically induced*
  • Hallucinations / epidemiology
  • Hallucinations / etiology
  • Hallucinogens / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • Male
  • Memory
  • Mysticism
  • Recurrence


  • Hallucinogens