Can LSD Cause Anxiety?

Can LSD Cause Anxiety?

LSD can create or exacerbate anxiety, panic, paranoia and other mental health disorders.

We all face stress and anxiety in life. If you struggle with an anxiety disorder, this involves more than temporary worry or fear. In many ways, your anxiety becomes the lens through which you see things. Can LSD actually cause anxiety levels to rise? While LSD is a drug that may possess beneficial effects in certain instances[1], decades of evidence have proven that LSD has the potential to cause harm. LSD can create or exacerbate anxiety, panic, paranoia and other mental health disorders.

The dangers of LSD use can be extreme.The average individual does not have the guarantee of knowing that the drug is safe. For example, he or she does not know if the drug contains the drug they expect it to. LSD is an illegal drug, so it can only be purchased illegally. Additives, unknown chemicals and additional drug found in street versions of LSD. These additives can lead to allergic reactions, additional addictions and overdose. Other issues such as acute mania, schizophrenia, depression, and permanent psychoses have resulted from LSD abuse as well. This happens most often with individuals of borderline stability.[2]

Dangers of Using LSD to Self-Medicate Anxiety Issues

The effects of psychedelic or hallucinogenic drugs are unpredictable. LSD users may experience a “bad trip.” This is when the effects of the drug will induce intense psychosis, hallucinations, fear, panic and paranoia. These feelings of intense anxiety and paranoia can stay with the person for days, weeks or even months after the last use.The more an individual uses LSD, the more likely it becomes that the individual will develop major anxiety issues. LSD can also cause the following symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Impaired coordination
  • Muscles weakness
  • Body pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Reckless behavior

Long-term use can cause permanent damage to one’s memory and ability to concentrate. Flashbacks, hallucinations, and anxiety can occur years after use has stopped. These issues can be triggered by everyday stress, fatigue or continued drug use.

Treatment for Anxiety and LSD Addiction

Anxiety issues and drug abuse may co-exist. This is why it is important to go to a professional if you have more than one issue. If only one disorder is addressed, the other’s continued existence can trigger relapse. Only recovery professionals will have the expertise to treat both disorders at the same time. This helps eliminate the chance of relapse. Integrated treatment is one of the most effective ways to simultaneously treat both disorders.

Need Help with Anxiety Issues and LSD Abuse?

If you are struggle with anxiety and LSD abuse, you can find recovery. We can help you get there.Please call our toll-free helpline now. You will speak with a recovery professional that will help you find the best treatment solutions for your individual recovery. There are many different treatment options available. Our goal is to help you choose the treatment plan that will lead to long-term recovery success. We are available 24-hours a day to answer questions, provide information and get you the treatment help you need. Please call now.


[1]https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/impromptu-man/201208/high-time-destigmatize-psychedelics High Time to Destigmatize Psychedelics. Moreno, Jonathan. Published August 11th, 2012.

[2]https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgibin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+3920 LSD Human Health Effects.