Everything You Need to Know About Why LSD Abuse Is Dangerous

Everything You Need to Know About Why LSD Abuse Is Dangerous

Excessive sweating is a side effect of LSD use

LSD is a hallucinogen that disrupts the natural interactions between serotonin and nerve cells. Originally,this drug was produced in a crystalline form. Now the drug is often crushed, dissolved and applied to paper sheets. After 30 to 90 minutes of use, the drug acts on the serotonin receptors found in the brain. This significantly impacts areas of the brain that are associated with mood, perception, cognition and sensory signals. An LSD trip typically lasts from six to 12 hours, and the unpredictable effects can be dangerous.[1]

Physical Effects of LSD

Hallucinogens can dramatically intensify the senses by distorting the visual stimuli of the user. This makes users believe they can hear colors. Sensory interference and sensitivity are common physiological effects of LSD use. There are also other potential side effects for LSD use:

  • Blood pressure and heart rate increase
  • Dizziness, dry mouth and excessive sweating
  • Nausea, sleeplessness, numbness and tremors[2]
  • Cognitive issues similar to brain damage during trips

Time seems to slow down during LSD trips, and decision-making skills are compromised.

Mental Health Risks of LSD

LSD use can cause extreme mood swings. The drug can also damage mental health in different ways.Here are some possible mental issues that coincide with LSD use:

  • LSD can unmask a mental health disorder or accelerate the symptoms.
  • LSD can create a drug-induced psychosis that persists after the trip ends.
  • Emotions can rapidly alternate between states of fear and euphoria
  • Trigger anxiety and panic if a bad trip produces terrifying hallucinations

The mental health effects often last longer than the physical ones.Bad LSD trips can even create the need for professional help.

Prevalence of LSD Abuse

Late teens and young adults represent the primary age group abusing LSD. The NIDA-backed Monitoring the Future published a report in 2015 with the following statistics:

  • 3% of high school seniors have used LSD in 2015
  • LSD usage rates steadily declines for each subsequent age bracket
  • 229,000 people aged 12 and older has used LSD in the past month
  • 7 percent of the population above the age of 12 has used LSD once in a lifetime

The use of such a powerful hallucinogen is especially alarming for young people whose brains are still growing. Young adults are also more inclined to take risks, like driving while high.

LSD Abuse Treatment

The body can quickly develop a tolerance to LSD. Just remember that LSD addiction is primarily psychological, not physical. Because of the nature of LSD abuse, professional rehab remains the most effective way to stop LSD abuse. Rehab services include group and individual counseling, behavioral and motivational therapies to treat the underlying cause for the addiction. Integrated mental health treatment and relapse-prevention tools are used as well.

LSD is the most potent of all hallucinogens, [3] so if you struggle with LSD abuse, know this is a very serious matter. If you have questions about LSD abuse, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline. Our professionally trained counselors can provide you with information, and answer all of your questions. We can also recommend facilities and even check your health insurance plans to tell you what services are covered. Don’t wait another day. If you need help, please call right now.


[1] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/hallucinogens-dissociative-drugs/where-can-i-get-more-scientific-information-hallucinogens-diss How Do Hallucinogens Affect the Brain and Body?

[2] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/hallucinogens-dissociative-drugs/where-can-i-get-more-scientific-information-hallucinogens-diss Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs.

[3] https://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/hallucinogens Hallucinogens.