WHAT IS LSD?
LSD is one of the major drugs making up the hallucinogen class. LSD was discovered in 1938 and is one of the most potent mood changing chemicals. It is manufactured from lysergic acid, which is found in ergot, a fungus that grows on rye and other grains.
WHAT DOES LSD LOOK LIKE?
LSD is sold on the street in tablets, capsules, and occasionally in liquid form. More often though, LSD is added to absorbent paper, such as blotter paper, and divided into small decorated squares, with each square representing on dose.
HOW IS LSD CONSUMED?
LSD is usually taken orally. It is odorless, colorless, and has a slightly bitter taste.
WHAT DOES LSD TO DO ME?
The effects of LSD are unpredictable. They depend on the amount taken, the users personality, mood, and expectations; and the surroundings in which the drug is used.
Usually, the user feels the first effects of the drug 30-90 minutes after taking it. The physical effects include dilated pupils, higher body temperature, increases heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, loss of apepetite, sleeplessness, dry mouth, and tremors.
Sensations and feelings change much more dramatically than the physical signs. The user may feel several different emotions at once or swing rapidly from one emotion to another. If taken in a large enough dose, the drug produces delusions and visual hallucinations. The users sense of time and self changes. Sensations may seem to “cross over” giving the user the feeling of hearing colors and seeing sounds. These changes can be frightening and can cause panic.
Users refer to their experience with LSD as a “trip” and to acute adverse reactions as a “bad trip.” These experiences are long, typically they begin to clear after about 12 hours. Some LSD users experience severe, terrifying thoughts and feelings, fear of losing control, fear of insanity and death, and despair while using LSD. Some fatal accidents have occurred during states of LSD intoxification. Many LSD users experience flashbacks which are the recurrence of certain aspects of a person’s experience, without the user having taken the drug again. A flashback occurs suddently, often without warning and may occur within a few days or more than a year after LSD use. Bad trips and flashbacks are only part of the risks of LSD use. LSD users may manifest relatively long lasting psychoses, such as schizophrenia or severe depression. It is difficult to determine the extent and mechanism of the LSD involvement in these illnesses.
LSD is not considered an addictive drug since it does not produce compulsive drug seeking behavior, as do cocaine, amphetamine, heroin, alcohol, and nicotine. However, like many of the addictive drugs, LSD produces tolerance, so some users take the drug repeatedly. This is an extremely dangerous practice given the unpredictability of the drug.
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse