LSD is a very potent hallucinogen that causes drastic mood changes and hallucinations. The drug is derived from lysergic acid, which can be found in a fungus that grows on grains. LSD can be added to absorbent paper and can also be taken in tablet, capsule, liquid and gelatin forms.
How Often Is LSD Abused?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it was reported in 2007 that nearly 23 million people in the United States ages 12 and older had used LSD in their lifetime, with approximately 620,000 people using the drug in the past year. In a Monitoring the Future survey from 2008, 4 percent of high school seniors had used the drug at least once. Just over 1 percent had used it in the past month.
Even the smallest dose of LSD can cause effects, commonly referred to as “trips,” that last for 12 hours. LSD affects a person’s perception or reality. They may see or hear things that seem real but really are not. The drug is very unpredictable
Most of the short-term effects of LSD are psychological. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, LSD can cause sudden mood swings and changes in emotional states. Users may experience severe thoughts of despair and sense a fear of death, insanity or loss of control. Sense of time is altered. Sometimes senses can “cross over,” meaning that users can see sounds and hear colors. These events may be frightening and can even induce panic. Flashbacks can also occur.
LSD can cause some physical effects as well, and although they may be uncomfortable, they are rarely life threatening. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, these effects include dilated pupils, sweating, dry mouth, tremors, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, and an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature.
LSD is not considered an addictive drug, unlike cocaine and heroin, which produce compulsive behavior. Many people eventually decrease usage or stop using the drug altogether. However, it is possible to develop a tolerance for the drug, so some users end up increasing dosages to achieve the same effect. It is very unlikely that you could die from taking the drug itself; however, due to the unpredictability of the drug, it is more likely that you could die from doing something deadly while experiencing a hallucination.
*Other Names for LSD
No matter what you call LSD, it is still bad for your health. Here are some common street names for LSD, according to Foundation for a Drug-Free World.
- Window pane
- Yellow sunshine
- Purple Heart
Rehab for LSD Addiction
LSD addiction is treated differently from other drug addictions. Typically, it is treated symptomatically. Many LSD addicts decide to seek treatment after experiencing an episode in which they had a bad hallucination or tried to hurt themselves. Treatment may involve keeping the patient in a quiet, plain room with no stimulation. If the patient is experiencing agitation or seizures, benzodiazepines may be used. If you need help in choosing the top luxury LSD addiction treatment facility near you, feel free to call us.