Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is synthesized from lysergic acid that grows as a fungus on rye and other grains.[i] It is one of the most common hallucinogenic drugs available and is a potent mood-changing chemical. LSD is known on the street as acid, sugar cubes, trips and hits and is typically found on blotter paper with perforated edges.[ii] Although LSD is not physically addictive, users can develop a tolerance for the drug and need more of the substance to produce the same experience. People can become psychologically addicted to LSD and feel the need to use regularly in order to function at a normal level. As with other drugs, LSD addiction can lead to dangerous side effects that can have long-term, life-changing consequences. One of the symptoms of LSD use is a decreased appetite. Over time, life-threatening malnutrition can become a serious problem for LSD users.
LSD and Loss of Appetite
LSD has many side effects that can lead to malnutrition in the user, and one of the main contributors is loss of appetite. With continued long-term use of the drug, loss of appetite can be so extreme that the person using can become dangerously thin. Some users may experience extreme hunger after using the drug and crave junk food. Loss of appetite for nutrient-rich foods can leave the body depleted of energy and make thinking difficult. A psychological addiction to LSD can result in a preoccupation with getting and using the drug, so other things like eating and getting appropriate rest become unimportant. This behavior over time can lead to the following dangerous conditions:
- Extreme weight loss
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Mineral deficiencies
LSD and Malnutrition
Some of the physical side effects of LSD can lead to malnutrition in those who are psychologically dependent on the drug. LSD use can lead to depression, which can promote unhealthy eating habits or simply contribute to the lack of appetite. LSD impairs the memory and the ability to make good choices, which can mean forgetting to eat altogether, not eating enough or eating too much of the wrong foods. LSD can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting even after one use, which can cause vital nutrients to be flushed out of the body. Over time this can result in stomach ulcers, mouth sores, dehydration and malnutrition. Severe malnutrition from drug abuse can lead to cardiac arrest and even death. All of these conditions can result from LSD use, making the drug an even greater danger beyond its immediate effects to the user.
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Long-term use of LSD can lead to a psychological dependence on the drug. LSD is an unpredictable drug that can cause severe malnutrition and even death in its users. If you or a loved one struggle with an LSD addiction, we are here to help you. Our trained helpline counselors are here 24 hours a day to take your calls about LSD and give you information about possible treatment options. We want to help you begin your journey to health and sobriety today and can connect you to the best facilities available. We can even check your insurance coverage, if you’d like so that you can know what financial assistance available to you. Call our toll-free helpline now.