The hallucinogen known as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) causes unpredictable and often disturbing reactions, visions and emotions. While initially investigated for its scientific potential, the rampant abuse of LSD during the 1960s eventually led to legislation that made LSD illegal in the United States.
LSD has a number of side effects. Most notable, perhaps, is the discover that LSD use may trigger latent mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia. But can LSD use impair memory?
Effects of LSD
LSD creates a number of physical effects when used. The physical effects of LSD may impact overall health, and they may impact the health of the brain, which ultimately, impacts memory. Some immediate physical symptoms of LSD include, but are not limited to:
- Change in appetite
- Fluctuations in body temperature
- Goose bumps or shivers
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Changes in heart rate or blood pressure
LSD also has damaging effects on the brain, evidenced by some of the following consequences of use:
- Altered personality or mood
- Changed outlook on life or relationships
- Visual distortions
- Delusions or hallucinations
- Flashbacks that may occur long after the last use of LSD
- Impaired ability to drive, walk, complete tasks, or work
- Impaired judgment of safety
- Altered memories
Altered memories are particularly noteworthy for many LSD users. One very common incarnation of memory alteration is the blackout phenomenon, in which the user is awake and active during the entire trip but has no mental record of what transpired for some or all of the time he was under the influence.
Other people who use LSD find their short-term memory inhibited; it may or may not return upon the discontinuation of LSD use. In short, permanent memory loss is not a guaranteed effect of using this drug. However, since LSD has been determined too dangerous to be administered even for medical purposes, there is no good reason to ingest LSD and risk inflicting such damage.
Help for LSD Abuse and Damage
If you or your loved one has taken LSD in the past and is experiencing negative consequences, or if someone you know is slowly being ensnared by habitual use, please call our toll-free helpline. We have recovery professionals available 24 hours a day that may offer professional advice on how to address and treat LSD abuse. We can even connect you with addiction rehabilitation options and information on using health insurance to cover treatment programs that fit your needs.If you need help to overcome LSD addiction, give us a call today.