Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD, also known as acid, blotter, California Sunshine, Electric Kool-Aid) is a psychedelic drug known for distorting visual effects in the brain. Once popular among hippies in the 1960s by people who embraced the psychedelic culture, it has now become illegal due to its hallucinogenic properties and possible psychological impact. Using LSD hinders the regulation of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that controls mood and appetite in the brain. Only a small amount of LSD is needed to start experiencing its effects, however they last may last beyond a single use.
LSD can be taken in various ways, put onto a blotter, inhaled, injected, crushed and put into drinks, and mixed with other drugs. People have reported feeling its effects within the first hour to an hour and a half, and “tripping” for as long as 12 hours. It is abused as a recreational drug and should be avoided like other recreational drugs like Alcohol, Cocaine, Crack-Cocaine, Khat, Inhalants etc.
Side Effects of LSD
During what is considered a “good” trip, side effects may include:
- Change in perception of color and light
- Impaired judgment
- Dilated pupils
- Blurred vision
- Increased blood pressure and body temperature
During a “bad” trip, users may feel effects such as:
- Frightening thoughts
- Increased tolerance
- Decreased appetite
- Constant fear
- Impaired perception
- Distorted senses
- Instability in thoughts
- Impacted social functioning
Addiction and Overdose
While LSD is not a particularly addictive drug or has much of a potential for overdose, it is still important to take extreme caution as the drug’s effects can remain even after taking the drug. Its potential for lasting psychological impact makes it a drug that should not be abused; even taking LSD once or twice a week is considered a high dosage of LSD.
People may experience recurring thoughts or “acid flashbacks” after a trip, especially during a bad trip. Other lasting effects may include social withdrawal, panic, and changes in sensation and perception, and psychosis. Because of the possibility of long-term and psychologically damaging effects on sensation and perception, early action must be taken to decrease the dependence on LSD.
The help of a drug rehabilitation facility is most effective in helping users of LSD realize the behavioral impact that the drug can cause. Through psychological treatment with a licensed therapist or counselor, people can realize that LSD is not necessary for enhancing experience and they can continue to return to daily life without turning to drugs.