LSD is a complicated drug that has extremely potent effects on its users. It is synthesized from a fungus, called ergot, which grows on different grains, like rye.[i] Users can take the substance in many ways—injection, pill form and snorting—but most users ingest the drug through small pieces of white perforated paper soaked in the drug with colorful designs on it, called blotter paper. LSD usually begins affecting users within the first hour or two after taking the drug and continues to have lasting effects for several hours afterward.[ii]
The problem many LSD users face is that the many effects of LSD can range from pleasant to unpleasant and even unpredictable. The same dose of the same batch of LSD can affect one person completely differently than another. Even more so, a user can be affected differently from one trip to the next taking the same amount and the same kind of LSD. These types of constant changes cause mixed signals and complicate even the most delicate senses.
How Does LSD Use Harm and Affect the Brain?
LSD works by influencing the receptors involved in the regulation of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain. Included in the following are ways that LSD use affects the brain:
- Control of behavior
- Perceptual and regulatory systems (includes mood, motor control, sensory perception, hunger and body temperature)
- Sexual behavior
When this system is disrupted by using LSD, it can cause profound distortions for the user’s perception of reality, or hallucinations. LSD users see images, hear sounds and feel sensations that seem real; however they are not real at all. Users often report even stranger experiences of crossover sensations in which they may hear colors or see sounds. These hallucinations can be paired with rapid and intense emotional swings. Consequently, LSD users can go from a pleasant experience to an extremely unpleasant one quickly, making the effects of LSD extremely unpredictable. Trips can quickly turn bad by hallucinations mimicking user’s greatest fears causing them to feel as if they are experiencing a terrifying reality. By reacting to such fears, users are often irrational and become a threat to themselves and others.
Effects of Treatment and Long-Term Sobriety
Fortunately, LSD is not addictive, and many users will stop using due to the unpredictability of its affects. However, for others who are experiencing difficulty in quitting their use they may need the following options:
- Inpatient treatment
- Outpatient treatment
- Community programs
Inpatient treatment can help an addict withdrawal with as little pain as possible. This can help addicts by giving them a safe, drug-free environment to fully recover from their addiction. Outpatient treatment will involve both group and individual counseling. Many communities have programs that are available for addicts to help them start a new sober role in the community.
LSD Addiction Treatment
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