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LSD

LSD is still one of the most potent mood-altering chemical substances illegally sold on the street.  It is derived from a type of mold that grows on certain grains, including rye.  It is a poisonous ergot fungus.  Along with peyote, PCP, and Psilocybin, LSD is a powerful hallucinogen that has a high potential for abuse with no accepted medical use in the United States. LSD impairs vision, judgement of time, and sound. Users are highly perceptible to injury seeing as though they are unable to perceive common dangers and may even imagine unrealistic dangers. LSD is one of the scariest drugs because one use resulting in a bad trip could cause the user to experience extreme depression, acute anxiety and experience flashbacks of the trip long after drug use.

Street Names

the drug now has a long list of alternate names it is referred to by including Acid, Battery acid, Blotter, Boomers, California Sunshine, Cid, Doses, Dots, Golden Dragon, Heavenly Blue, Hippie, Loony toons, Lucy in the sky with diamonds, Microdot, Pane, Purple Heart, Superman, Tab, Window pane, Yellow sunshine, Mellow Yellow and Zen.

Common Forms of LSD

LSD is produced in the form of tablets, capsules and also in liquid form.  The street name Tab, among others, refers to the process of LSD being applied to absorbent paper and cut into sections, or tabs, with each section being a dose.

How is LCD Used?

LSD is usually taken orally, as it is produced in a variety of ways mentioned above all of which would lend themselves to this type of ingestion.  The liquid form of the drug is basically both odorless and colorless, but users typically do not see it before it is applied to a delivery device, such a sheets of paper, which can be divided for sale in single hits.

DEA Scheduling of LSD

LSD is a schedule I drug based on the criteria developed by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).  These criteria are as follows:

  • The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
  • The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical treatment use in the U.S.
  • There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or substance under medical supervision.

Drugs on the Schedule I list include heroin, LSD, marijuana, mescaline, MDMA, GHB, khat and bath salts, among others.  Marijuana currently remains a Schedule I drug although it has been legalized for both medical and recreation use in some states.

General Effects of LSD Use

The powerfulness of LSD is evident in the fact that the effects of the drug can last for up to 23 hours, based on the person and the exact dosage of the hit.  One of the aspects, and possibly attractions, of hallucinogens is that they affect people differently and can vary in a person from one use to another.  The initial mindset of the individual taking the drug can somewhat determine how they drug will impact them at the time they are taking the substance.  Hallucinogens tend to vary in strength more so than other drugs, especially those derived from plants or other naturally occurring items, such as mushrooms.

Short Term Effects

LSD has many short-term effects people should be aware of before they decide to try this dangerous drug.  These can include dilated pupils, higher body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, dry mouth and tremors. .  In general, hallucinogens are particularly dangerous because of the user’s inability to predict how the drug is going to affect them on a given day or the exact dosage a hit contains because of the varying level of potency because of the source.  Individuals have been known to experience severe, terrifying thoughts, fear of insanity as well as death and feelings of despair while taking LSD.

Long Term Effects

The long-term effects of using LSD are basically a revisiting of the initial experience.  People who use LSD can have flashbacks quite some time after the initial use of the drug.  Flashbacks can occur just days or even years after a person has taken LSD.  The worst part is that there is no warning, a flashback can occur at any time.  Again, it is impossible to tell how each person will react in the long or short term to a drug that has a varying degree of potency to begin with and is distributed in a way that may or may not be entirely consistent.

Dangers of Using LSD

Like many drugs, but especially hallucinogens due to their mind-altering effects, can cause people to do things they usually would never attempt.  Many illicit substances lower a person inhibitions, and combined with also not seeing the world as it truly is for a time, can result in disastrous circumstances.  Users of LSD lose track of time as well other general perceptions, and may have no idea how long they have been high or partaking in some dangerous behavior, like driving while under the influence.  An individual can become dangerously compliant, leading to them taking other drugs or drinking while high on LSD, too.

LSD Addiction and Abuse Rates

LSD is not considered an addictive drug, as people do not physically crave it after they have used and the substance has worn off.  Of course, this does not eliminate people becoming habitual users of the drug, which can have just as many negative impacts on their as if they were dependent on a substance.  Just as smoking marijuana every day can have tolls on your life, so can taking LSD. Job loss, broken relationships, and estranged family members can all stem from persistent drug use, whether a person is addicted or not. Additionally, using this drug can lead to mental health related disorders and physical symptoms of abuse.

Treatment of LSD Abuse and Addiction

Treatment for a person using LSD may need to be immediate, if use has caused mental health related issues such as severe depression and anxiety. Mental health professionals working for a treatment center can help individuals suffering from LSD abuse to overcome all aspects of drug dependence including its symptoms and side effects.  Habitual users who are experiencing negative reactions at home or at work may benefit from an outpatient program, individual and group counseling, as well as support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) to help them permanently remove drugs from their life.

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