LSD was discovered nearly 75 years ago and is one of the most common psychedelic hallucinogens used today. LSD is a drug found in different forms such as a tablet, liquid, capsule or even in a sugar cube. An LSD trip can last as long as 12 hours. This drug has such profound effects that doctors and scientists once used it in experiments. However, recreationally speaking, people in these particular professions are more inclined to use it today:
- Computer Programmers– Former CEO of Apple Inc. Steve Jobs admitted to using the drug in his youth and referenced the use of LSD an important moment in his life. Even former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has admitted to LSD use in his early twenties.
- Writers– LSD was the drug of choice for many famous writers. Some writers who have used LSD include J.D. Salinger, Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson, William S. Burroughs, and more.
- Artists– John Lennon, Jack Nicholson, Jimi Hendrix and John Belushi all used LSD at different points in their lives.Even Carrie Fisher (a.k.a. Princess Leia) entered rehab for LSD addiction.
LSD still remains popular among creative types as the drug can make users hear colors or see sounds. The drug is often used as a way to enhance creativity and to experience new sensations. In some cases, LSD is used as a way to escape reality. However, the drug is very dangerous and any positive side effects of the drug are outweighed by the health risks.
The Effects of LSD Use
LSD distorts the brain’s electrical messages, suppresses basic cerebral functions and alters one’s emotional state. It also affects the physical state, causing:
- Increased heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure
- Sweating, dry mouth and tingling sensations
- Insomnia, tremors, chills and palpitations
LSD is a very particular drug that can be dangerous in the workplace. These additional side effects from LSD include emotional changes, panic attacks, hallucinations and losing touch with reality.
Flashbacks can occur up to a year after the actual use of the drug. They can come suddenly and without notice. Exhaustion, stress, marijuana use and sudden changes in illumination can all trigger a flashback.
Treatment for LSD Abuse
Though not physically addictive, LSD can produce a physical tolerance to the drug requiring the user to increase the amount of drug used. LSD’s powerful effects can snare a user into a psychological addiction. Whether the drug is taken to escape reality or as a perceived necessity to create art, drug addiction is most effectively broken with professional help. Addiction treatment provides a comfortable setting to fight the addiction while under the supervision of medical professionals. During the course of treatment, any psychological reasons for addiction are addressed as well as any physical side effects related to addiction.
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