Is There Such a Thing as Controlled LSD Use?

Is There Such a Thing as Controlled LSD Use?

You can control your LSD use by ending your LSD use

You can control your LSD use by ending your LSD use. LSD use has unpredictable effects that can lead to accident, injury and death. You cannot control your mental reaction to LSD or the actions you take while on a trip. You cannot control the content of the drugs you take or your body’s potential reaction to them. Recovery protects your mental and physical health. It offers ways to control how you respond to the world around you. It offers a rewarding, drug-free life.

Lack of Control: Unexpected Effects of LSD

You cannot control the effects of LSD. LSD affects the brain and how you perceive, experience and react to the world. This can have serious consequences. Time[1] explains, “LSD changes visual information in the brain. While people are on acid, they start to see activity going on in the brain, which is normally suppressed from perception…The ability to see this internal activity is likely responsible for hallucinations and visual distortions on LSD.” Distortions in vision and perception lead to accidents. You may wander into a busy street or misjudge the height of a fall. You may harm yourself or others when you respond inappropriately to an emergency situation. The risks become even greater if you drive under the influence.

A “bad trip” can have serious consequences. Columbia University[2] explains, “People can experience ‘bad trips,’ with feelings of confusion, terror, anxiety, depression, and/or paranoia lasting up to several hours. In some cases, this extreme agitation has led to accidental death or suicide as people panic and attempt to flee from their hallucinations. Experienced people who take LSD accept these bad trips as possible side effects of their ‘mind altering’ experience.” You have to decide if continued LSD use is worth the cost of a bad trip. You decide if potential consequences outweigh the perceived benefits of continued use. If you choose to use or continue using any drug, you are accepting that every use comes with risk. This risk is to others as well as yourself. Stop putting your and others’ lives in danger. Take action to take control. Call our toll-free helpline for information and support.

Lack of Control: Drug Content and Quality

When you take LSD, you cannot be certain you are taking LSD. You may receive a dangerous, synthetic version of the drug or a version containing real LSD plus another substance. You may trust the friend or dealer who supplies your LSD. They may believe the drug is pure and would never intentionally sell something that wasn’t. However a staggering number of synthetic products find their way into the black market. They make look like LSD or promise the same results. They are significantly more harmful and difficult to control. The Dana Foundation[3] explains that when it comes to LSD, hallucinogens and synthetic drugs, “There is no quality control in the manufacture and packaging of these products. Adverse effects that have been reported include agitation, panic attacks, hallucinations, psychosis, violent behaviors, increased heart rate, elevated body temperature, and seizures—some of these ending in death. In the US, an alarming spike in toxic exposures and fatalities associated with the abuse of synthetic marijuana-like drugs has occurred during the past year, illustrating the severity and scope of the problem.” They share that there are now over 540 synthetic psychoactive drugs. This number only includes identified, classified substances. The actual number of possible drugs you could be receiving and taking is much higher. You cannot control the contents or quality of LSD. Protect yourself from synthetic drugs, toxic additives and potentially dangerous interactions. Make the decision to end LSD use. Find the help you need to do so by reaching out to one of our compassionate, informed admissions coordinators.

Lack of Control: External and Environmental Factors

Even the most controlled situations involving LSD are not controlled. Scientists studying the effects of LSD do all they can to protect study participants. The Journal of Psychopharmacology[4] establishes criteria for creating the most controlled LSD use situations. They suggest, “The exclusion of volunteers with personal or family history of psychotic disorders or other severe psychiatric disorders, establishing trust and rapport between session monitors and volunteer before the session, careful volunteer preparation, a safe physical session environment, and interpersonal support from at least two study monitors during the session.” Even when these safeguards are in place, “The most likely risk is overwhelming distress during drug action (“bad trip”), which could lead to potentially dangerous behavior. Less common are prolonged psychoses triggered by hallucinogens…Investigators should probe for the relatively rare hallucinogen persisting perception disorder in follow up contact.” LSD use in the real world is never as controlled as that in a scientific, medically supervised setting. You are unlikely to be fully informed about LSD and its effects. You may not be around people you fully trust and are unlikely to be supervised by two or more sober individuals who know how to respond in emergency situations. You are not first asked for a medical history and given a professional physical and mental health screening. LSD use can trigger or worsen mental health symptoms, symptoms you may not have been aware of before using the drug. You may be taking LSD in response to mental health symptoms and as a conscious or subconscious attempt at self-medication. Choosing addiction recovery means choosing mental health. Quality integrated treatment programs will screen for co-occurring addiction and mental health concerns. They will ensure that all of these issues are treated in a caring and comprehensive manner. We are here 24 hours a day to help you find this complete, effective care.


[1]    http://time.com/4292298/lsd-acid-trip-drugs-brain/?iid=sr-link1. “Here’s What LSD Does to the Brain.” Time. 13 Apr 2016. Web. 23 Aug 2016.

[2]    http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/answered-questions/considering-taking-lsd%E2%80%A6. “Considering Taking LSD…” Columbia University. Web. 23 Aug 2016.

[3]    http://www.dana.org/Cerebrum/2016/The_Changing_Face_of_Recreational_Drug_Use/. “The Changing Face of Recreational Drug Use.” The Dana Foundation. 4 Jan 2016. Web. 23 Aug 2016.

[4]    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3056407/. “Human Hallucinogen Research: Guidelines for Safety.” Journal of Psychopharmacology. 1 Jul 2008. Web. 23 Aug 2016.