Below are some facts you need to know about LSD.
- LSD, commonly referred to as acid, is a hallucinogenic drug. It is one of the major drugs of the hallucinogenic class.
- LSD stands for lysergic acid diethylamide.
- LSD was discovered in 1938 and is found in a fungus that grows on some grains.
- Acid comes in pill or liquid form. Sometimes acid is applied to small strips or squares of paper, which are placed in the mouth and absorbed orally. It has a bitter taste.
- The effects of LSD vary by dose and by a person. Everyone who takes it can have a completely unique experience. The user’s mood, personality, expectations, and surroundings can all affect their experience with LSD.
- Effects of LSD are usually felt 30 minutes to an hour and a half after taking it.
- Physical symptoms of LSD use include: sweating, dilated pupils, increased blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, insomnia, and more.
- Rather than the “rush” or euphoria users of drugs like opioids or cocaine seek, the high of hallucinogens is auditory, visual and even tactile hallucinations.
- LSD can cause rapid mood swings or changing emotions.
- The hallucinations and emotions users experience on LSD can cause anxiety and panic. Intense fear of LSD is referred to as a “bad trip.” Generally speaking, overall negative experience with LSD is a bad trip, whereas a positive one is a good trip.
- The short-term effects of LSD are long lasting, compared to other substances. LSD’s effects last around 12 hours but vary by the person and the dose.
- Although potent, LSD is not considered an addictive drug, as it does not create compulsions or cravings in users. Tolerance to LSD can increase though, making chronic users need higher doses of it to hallucinate.
- Using LSD even once can cause the user to have flashbacks to their LSD experience, although chronic users are more susceptible to this side effect.
- Although it was discovered in 1938, it was not made illegal until 1968. Before then, research was conducted to determine possible medical uses for LSD, including aiding in childbirth and treating mental illnesses.
- LSD is not usually detected in standard drug tests, which may make it a popular choice of drug for those who undergo regular drug testing.
To understand more about LSD’s effects on the brain, watch the video at the link provided below: