Addiction has multiple components and several significant indications such as drug seeking behavior and tolerance. Though evidence suggests that LSD does not produce drug seeking behaviors in individuals who use the drug, it does show that tolerance to the substance can occur when used often. LSD abuse is defined as taking the drug in a unhealthy manner in order to achieve a certain high. Because LSD is an illegal drug with no medical uses any form of consumption is considered abuse. Yet it would be more understanding to say that any frequent user of the drug who increases doses to achieve the initial feelings experienced is abusing the substance. Up to 5 days after using acid it is possible to develop a tolerance and those using the drug may not experience hallucinations a second time with out increasing their intake. Little research exists on LSD addiction and LSD abuse however, each year treatment facilities take in patients who admit to being unable to stop their consumption.
Today, LSD abuse and LSD Addiction are still common and despite popular belief that the drug is not addictive there is significant evidence of LSD dependence, tolerance, and inability to control consumption. Evidence may say that certain hallucinogens are not addictive however tolerance to LSD can build and though it may not induce drug seeking behavior users will continue taking higher and higher doses to achieve a certain high.
Persistent Psychosis is one of the major effects experienced by even one time users of the drug. It causes a series of continuing mental problems such as visual disturbances, unorganized thinking, paranoia, and extreme mood swings. Flashbacks which are similar to persistent psychosis in that they both are consequences of taking LSD and can last even 50 years after a trip. Flashbacks are recurrences of drug experiences both good and bad. A bad trip can cause some one to experience said flashbacks for the rest of their life, creating similar psychosis characteristics such as visual disturbances and hallucinations.
LSD addiction and LSD abuse today is more dangerous than it was in the 60’s in that the risk of addiction and abuse are higher due products that lack purity and several other dangerous ingredients often being mixed in. Recently designer drugs known as Flakka, Bath Salts, 2C-E, Smiles, among others have been distrubuted as synthetic LCD however their potential for abuse is much more than that of LCD and the side effects known are more dangerous.
LSD was first synthesized on the 16th of November, 1938 by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann. As part of a project searching for medically useful ergot derivatives, Hofmann synthesized the LSD compound without understanding the full implications of his discovery. LSD was not taken for another five years, with Hofmann consuming the drug himself accidentally before going on a famous bike ride.
LSD played a big role in the infamous MKULTRA project, where the CIA gave the drug to employees, doctors, and members of the general public, usually without their knowledge. LSD became famous in the 1960’s when it inspired the counter cultural movement of the day, influencing a number of artistic, musical, and literary works.
During the early days of the drugs popularity, users didn’t fully understand the strength and effects that taking LSD could have. Pop culture influenced the use of the LSD and famous songs such as those written by the Beatles encouraged use among young adults who idolized the band. It was a time period drug that left many mental health complications due to the way the drug influences the expansion of the brain. LSD evokes strong emotional responses and when taken often it can permanently damage chemical levels in the brain leading to depression and bi-polar disorder.
LSD, also known as lysergic acid diethylamide, is a psychedelic drug well known for its hallucinogenic and psychological effects. LSD is used around the world for recreational purposes, with users reporting enhanced visuals, altered thinking processes, spiritual experiences, hallucinations, and synesthesia. LSD is mostly taken in oral doses, either in liquid form or on a substrate such as blotter paper or sugar cubes. LSD was first synthesized in 1938 by Albert Hofmann, with this drug expanding in popularity during the 1960s counterculture. Psychoactive substances are often categorized in three different classes: central nervous system (CNS) depressants, CNS stimulants, and hallucinogens. While LSD and other hallucinogens are not susceptible to physical or psychological dependence, LSD has been known to trigger panic attacks, induce flashbacks, and mimic psychotic states.
The effects of LSD begin roughly 30 minutes after ingestion, with users reporting a wide range of physical and psychological effects. Physical effects include dilated pupils, numbness, weakness, nausea, goose bumps, mucus production, sleeplessness, tremors, and heart rate increase. The psychological effects of LSD vary widely depending on the individual person, setting, and dose, with common effects including loss of ego, visual patterns, and an animated sensory experience.
The effects of LSD can last up to 14 hours after ingestion, during which time people may experience spatial or temporal dissociation and intense spiritual experiences. Possible adverse effects of LSD include temporary confusion, panic attacks, impaired memory, flashbacks, and rare cases of psychosis.
The effects of LSD are commonly called an ‘acid trip’ by users. The actual psychological effects of taking the drug can sometimes vary between individuals, but common effects include visual and audible hallucinations, time distortion, heightened awareness, delusions, and changes in perception.
As LSD is a mind-altering drug, it can have negative effects on users. Taking LSD can trigger feelings of extreme anxiety, or panic attacks. Other adverse effects can include confusion, impaired memory and reduced attention span. Long-term abusers of the drug may experience flashbacks and relive some of the drug’s effects long after usage has stopped.
Some research indicates that people with underlying mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and psychosis may have an increased likelihood of experiencing negative effects from taking the drug. Some people may also experience a syndrome known as hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD), where visual changes similar to those experienced during an LSD trip become persistent and can cause significant impairment.
Unlike CNS depressants and stimulants, hallucinogens are not typically associated with physical or psychological dependence. LSD is not considered addictive by the medical community as it does not provide positive reinforcement. Medication treatment and detox measures are not recommended for LSD problems, with psychotherapy programs sometimes administered. If someone is seeking treatment for LSD abuse, they will normally be guided towards behavioral therapy and counseling programs.
These programs are based on cognitive, behavioral, or motivational principles, with various measures initiated in an attempt to change problematic behavior patterns. Behavioral therapy is available on a residential or out-patient basis, including various long-term and day treatment programs. If you or anyone you know is facing problems due to LSD abuse, it’s important to contact an accredited treatment center as soon as possible.
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