What Is LSD? (lysergic acid diethylamide)
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is an extremely potent hallucinogen. LSD is manufactured from lysergic acid, that is found in the ergot fungus that grows on rye and other grains. LSD is considered one of the most potent, mood-changing chemicals.
Also known as “acid“, LSD has many other names. LSD is sold on the street in small tablets (“microdots”), capsules or gelatin squares (“window panes”). Sometimes, LSD is added to absorbent paper, which is then divided into small squares decorated with designs or cartoon characters (“loony toons”). LSD is mostly sold in liquid form. But no matter the form it comes in, LSD leads the user to the same place a serious disconnection from reality (Hallucination).
Liquid LSD is produced in crystal form in illegal laboratories, mainly in the United States. Produced in crystalline form, Liquid LSD is mixed with other inactive ingredients, or diluted as a liquid for production in ingestible forms.
It is odorless, colorless and has a slightly bitter taste. These crystals are converted to a liquid for distribution. It is odorless, colorless, and has a slightly bitter taste. LSD users call an LSD experience a “ trip,” which usually lasts for about 12 hours or more. When things go wrong, which often happens, it is called a “bad trip,” another name for a living hell.
In the U.S., LSD is illegal and is classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning LSD has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical treatments, and has a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
What Is Lysergic Acid?
Lysergic acid is the main ingredient found in LSD, which is most commonly synthesized from ergot, a fungus that grows on grains like rye. Ergot has historically been feared as a poison, with medieval accounts of the substance being associated with outbreaks affecting thousands of people at a time.
Lysergic acid can also be found in other natural substances like in the morning glory seeds. Reportedly, this chemical by itself can produce a mild euphoric effect.
How Does LSD Make You Feel?
Getting high on LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is also known as an “acid trip” or “psychedelic experience” and is technically termed LSD intoxication. During this period of intoxication, LSD users experience a wide variety of effects, most often visual and other sensory distortions, changes to thought processes, intense emotions, including euphoria, and occasionally for some people, surprising new insights.
An “acid trip” is a lengthy process, typically lasting 8 to 12 hours. With the distortions in time perception that happens as an effect of the drug, the experience can feel much longer since some say they feel like it could last forever.
This can be highly enjoyable when the mood of the user and those around is buoyant or contented, but extremely unsettling when moods are low and thoughts take a somber or even macabre turn.
Important Facts About Lysergic Acid Diethylamide
Here are some key points about LSD. More detail is in the main article.
1) LSD is naturally occurring hallucinogens have been used for thousands of years in various cultural rituals.
2) LSD is a potent and illegal hallucinogen that blurs the line between perception and imagination.
3) LSD use may trigger the onset of schizophrenia in those predisposed to the condition.
4) LSD is 100 times more potent than hallucinogenic mushrooms and is 4000 times stronger than Mescaline
In Europe, about 4.2% of those aged 15 to 24 have taken LSD at least once. When surveyed, the percentage of people in this age group who had used LSD in the past year exceeded 1% in seven countries (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Hungary, and Poland).
LSD use was reported by the class of 1986 when 7.2% of high school seniors reported using LSD at least once in their lives. The percentage of seniors reporting LSD use at least once over the course of the prior year nearly doubled from a low of 4.4% in 1985 to 8.4% in.
Most people who take acid do so only occasionally, and many people are put off from taking the drug again after they have a bad trip. Tolerance to LSD develops very quickly, to the extent that users may not experience intoxication if they take the drug on successive days. Unlike most other recreational drugs, withdrawal has not been established for LSD.
Rates of addiction among users of acid are lower than users of other drugs, with fewer than 0.1% of the adult population meeting the criteria for other hallucinogen use disorder. However, the risk of developing an addiction to hallucinogens may be higher for people who start taking the drug during adolescence.
There are other long-term effects that can occur after taking acid, which indicates that it is not a safe drug to use. The unpredictability of the drug, even on experienced users, partly explains why people do not continue to use the drug on a long-term basis, although it can become one of many drugs that “poly-drug users,” people who take many different drugs, use along with other intoxicating drugs.
Why Do People Take LSD?
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is mostly used for recreational and social reasons more than for self-medication. However, many people believe that the effects of hallucinogens will help them gain insight into themselves, their lives, and the nature of the universe, and even that it helps them to access greater awareness of spirituality.
Consistent LSD users embrace exploring the unknown and the sense of excitement of not knowing what will happen next. However, people who dislike unpredictability may find the experience of tripping on LSD (acid) frightful even if nothing overly frightening happens simply because of the profound distortions in perception and thought that occurs.
If you like to know what to expect, you probably won’t enjoy tripping and should stay away from LSD and other hallucinogens since LSD can trigger a variety of mental health problems and can trigger feelings of spiritual alienation as well as spiritual awareness.
Differences Between A Good And A Bad Trip
Most people who take LSD are hoping for and expecting a good trip. The experience of being on acid is often described as dream-like, so one way of understanding the difference between a good trip and a bad trip is to equate it with the difference between a good dream and a nightmare.
The emotions that accompany an acid trip, whether good or bad, can seem overwhelming, difficult to control, and as if they will never go away. While this experience can be pleasant if the trip is going well, a bad trip is unpleasant and frightening for the person going through it as well as for those around them. There can be a fear of going crazy or “losing one’s mind,” as well as intense feelings of paranoia.
These feelings can seem unbearable and the person may even have temporary suicidal feelings, although death by suicide is rare in people who are high on acid. It may be helpful to reassure someone who is experiencing a bad trip that you are there for them, that they are not going crazy, just that they are experiencing the effects of acid, and that they are safe and nobody is out to get them.
What Are The Side Effects Of LSD Use?
The effects of LSD comes in 2 face that is Short term and Long term effects which will be outlined below:
Short Term LSD Effects
Stimulation that occurs physically resulting from LSD use causes the pupils to dilate, and low blood pressure, heart rate, and a rise in temperature.
Other short-term effects include:
- dizziness and sleeplessness
- reduced appetite, dry mouth, and sweating
- numbness, weakness, and tremors
However, it primarily affects the mind with visual distortions and sensory hallucinations and illusions. The “trip” comes with the danger of unpredictability. The potency of the drug is unreliable, and individuals react differently to it.
NB: A “bad trip,” on the other hand, is like a living nightmare. It is similar to psychosis, and the person cannot escape from it. There may be extreme fear, paranoia, a separation from self, and the person may believe that they are dying or in hell. The user’s mindset, surroundings, stress level, expectations, thoughts, and mood at the time the drug is taken, strongly influence the effects of the drug.
Other effects of LSD may include feelings of well-being, a perception of being outside one’s body, and enhanced insight towards creativity, problem-solving, discovering a purpose, and mystical experiences.
It can also trigger panic attacks, psychotic episodes, disturbing anxiety, paranoia, pain, and a feeling of dying or going insane.
Severe or life-threatening physical effects are only likely to occur at doses above 400 mcg, but the psychological effects can lead to unusual and risky behavior, potentially resulting in significant injury and death.
As users have no control over the purity of the drug, it is difficult to predict the effect on the body and the mind.
Long Term LSD Effects
Tolerance, or a need to increase the dose to achieve the desired response, happens quickly. If a specific dose is taken every day for 3 consecutive days, by the third day no reaction will occur.
One of the dangers of LSD is that it can trigger a long-term psychotic state or induce schizophrenia in susceptible individuals.
Flashbacks, also known as hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD), and severe disorientation can happen after only one dose.