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LSD

LSD, or D-lysergic acid diethylamide, is a type of hallucinogen that changes a person’s thoughts, feelings and perception of themselves and the world around them. People who take LSD and other hallucinogens can experience sensations, such as seeing, hearing, smelling or feeling, things that may appear to be real, but really aren’t. These are called hallucinations.

Many people in their late teens and early 20s take LSD at psychedelic music festivals, large dance parties and underground raves. Some people who take LSD may combine it with other drugs. For example, “candy flipping” is when people take LSD with MDMA (or 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine).

What is LSD?

LSD is a powerful hallucinogenic drug that is found in a fungus that grows on rye and other types of grains. It is white or clear, odorless and tasteless, although some people have reported a mild metallic taste. LSD is most commonly dissolved into a liquid and transferred onto a “blotter,” or a small paper square. People can also inhale or inject LSD or put it on sugar cubes, gelatin sheets or microdot tablets that can be chewed or swallowed.

Common names for LSD include:

  • Acid
  • Boomers
  • Doses
  • Microdots
  • Dots
  • Tabs
  • Hits
  • Purple Haze
  • Sugar Cubes
  • Cubes

Short-term effects on the body and brain

LSD’s effects are due to a disruption in the connection between nerves and the brain chemical serotonin, which is involved in the regulation of body temperature, appetite, mood, sleep, behavior, sexual behavior and muscle control. The drug also affects an area of the brain associated with the detection of stimuli from all over the body and makes people more sensitive of visual and other sensory stimuli.

The effects of LSD typically begin within 30 to 90 minutes after it is ingested by users and can last anywhere from four to 12 hours. Some short-term effects of LSD include:

  • Euphoria
  • Increased respiration, body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate
  • Intense feelings and sensory experiences
  • Nausea and appetite loss
  • Changes in perception (time passing by slowly)
  • “Crossing over” of senses (e.g., “tasting colors”)
  • Dilated pupils
  • Trembling/shaking
  • Sleep problems
  • Confusion
  • Concentration problems
  • Sweating/chills
  • Relaxation
  • Feelings of detachment

Higher doses of LSD are associated with more serious effects, including paranoia, extreme anxiety, panic and psychosis. People can also have bad reactions to the drug, called “bad trips.” Bad trips are associated with disturbing hallucinations, poor judgment, sadness, confusion, panic and out-of-control behavior. Someone who has a bad trip might run into the middle of a busy highway or be more likely to harm themselves.

Days following LSD use, people may experience the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • Muscle aches
  • Body aches
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep problems
  • Tiredness
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Memory less
  • Anxiety

Long-term effects

Tolerance to LSD can develop quickly, although it isn’t considered to be an addictive drug as people compulsively use it. Tolerance can contribute to taking larger doses of LSD to feel the same desired effects, but taking the drug several days in a row can lead to no effects, regardless of the dosage taken.

Persistent psychosis can occur after taking hallucinogens long-term. People who develop persistent psychosis may have visual disturbances, paranoia, mood changes and a disorganized thought process. It is rare to develop persistent psychosis, but it can lead to continuing mental disturbances.

Another consequence of taking LSD is having flashbacks. People who have flashbacks may re-experience feelings or other aspects of their LSD trip in the days, weeks, or even years after the effects of the drug have worn off. Flashbacks are part of a condition known as hallucinogen persisting perceptual disorder (HPPD), according to the NIDA. People who have HPPD may experience visual disturbances (e.g., seeing trails attached to an object that is moving) and hallucinations.

Although physical dependence on LSD is rare, it is possible to develop psychological dependence on the drug. People can also experience withdrawal symptoms when attempting LSD detox on their own and taking the drug can lead to problems at school, home or work. Researchers continue to study the long-term effects of LSD, as there is still much that needs to be learned about how it works and how it affects people in the long term.

LSD Addiction Treatment

People who receive treatment for LSD addiction are considered to have Other Hallucinogen Use Disorder. Our LSD rehab centers are staffed with highly trained and compassionate clinical teams, who individualize each treatment program to meet each patient’s specific needs. Treatment for LSD addiction includes individual, group and family therapy, which combines evidence-based, complementary and experiential treatments.

For more information about LSD addiction treatment offered at Sovereign Health, contact our 24/7 helpline to speak to a member of our team and learn more about recovering from LSD.

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