Hormonal Balance and LSD Use

Hormonal Balance and LSD Use

Hormonal imbalances occur when the body produces too many or too few hormones

Lysergic acid diethylamide, also known as LSD, is a hallucinogen with psychedelic properties. LSD “trips” can last from 6 to 12 hours and can cause many different responses in the body. For example, the user may experience vivid hallucinations that are terrifying. Others who use the drug may experience mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks, paranoia and more. Some other examples include:[1]

  • Tremors, chills, temperature changes and heart rate spikes
  • Cognitive malfunction comparable to brain damage
  • Involuntary recurrent memories known as “flashbacks”
  • Development or acceleration of a mental health illness

LSD is a powerful drug that can have a profound impact on the user. When an individual continues to use LSD, this can create an unhealthy hormonal imbalance and affect the user’s emotional stability.

Dangers of Hormonal Imbalance

Endocrine glands produce hormones. These are chemical messengers that carry information to different parts of the body. Hormonal imbalances occur when the body produces too many or too few hormones or when the messengers are not working properly. When hormonal imbalance is left untreated, this imbalance can cause several effects in the body. Some side effects of hormonal imbalance include the following:

  • Increased levels of anxiety, depression and irritability
  • Mood swings and emotional instability
  • Insomnia, concentration problems and lethargy

It is important to note that there are several other factors such as age, menopause and diet that play a role in hormonal balance. LSD is a synthetic stressor commonly believed to restrict levels of serotonin. LSD binds to serotonin receptors on neurons and mimics the effects of serotonin.[2]

LSD Abuse Rehab

Unlike most drugs, LSD abuse does not require a physical detox. However, the drug’s impact on mental and emotional health is a concern. Professional rehab is effective because it targets these issues as well as the drug abuse. It does this by providing the following:

  • Mental health evaluation to identify any mood disorders and/or emotional problems
  • Overall screenings to check for physical health concerns
  • Integrated treatment to address any co-occurring issues
  • Holistic therapies that help restore the patient’s hormonal balance

Rehab addresses the physical and mental health impact of LSD use. It also utilizes several therapies to promote recovery. For example, one-on-one counseling is very helpful to determine personal LSD use triggers. Behavioral therapies are used to produce more positive responses from individuals. Group support sessions are a great way to discuss the drug abuse with other patients and give mutual support. Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, examines the underlying motivations behind the drug use. Ongoing aftercare counseling and group support help even after the completion of drug rehab.

The impact of LSD on your hormone levels can cause distressing emotions. But rehab facilities are fully equipped to treat all of the patient’s needs. Drug treatment sets the stage for a healthy life.

LSD Abuse Helpline

Drug abuse impacts every aspect of a user’s life, not just the user’s hormones. Our counselors are available anytime day or night to lend support and provide you with any information. Whether you would like to know about treatment options, rehab facilities or anything else, feel free to call. Most health insurance companies provide coverage for addiction and mental health treatments, and we can check your policy for benefits. Our addiction helpline is toll-free, so please call now.


[1] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/hallucinogens What are Hallucinogens?

[2] http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/09/18/treating-chronic-depression-and-anxiety-with-hallucinogens-and-marijuana/Treating Chronic Depression and Anxiety With Hallucinogens and Marijuana. Borchard, Therese.