Commonly abbreviated as LSD, lysergic acid diethylamide is a hallucinogenic drug with no taste, odor or color. It is manufactured using lysergic acid, which is found in certain types of fungi. It is often taken in tablet, capsule or liquid form. Because it is one of the most unpredictable illegal and unregulated drugs, the effects of LSD can vary wildly and last up to 12 hours, depending on the individual and dosage.
Another cause for concern that accompanies LSD use is the rate at which the body builds a tolerance to this substance. While LSD generally causes no physical addiction, after chronic or frequent doses, the brain begins to counteract the effects of the drug. This means that higher and more frequent doses of LSD will be needed to produce the original desired effects. This, combined with the fact that LSD is usually sold in unpredictable and unregulated doses make overdose a real potential.
In many situations, LSD use accompanies the use of other substances, such as alcohol, mushrooms, marijuana, opioid painkillers, or even cocaine. This drug is often abused and combined with any number of other drugs, which can lead to overdose, or dependence on multiple substances.
Even on its own, LSD can lead to dangerous impulses, and injury can happen if an individual perceives danger that is not real, or decides to take risks because of this drug. In many cases, individuals may experience what is known as “flashbacks”, in which visual, auditory, or olfactory hallucinations occur long after the drug was consumed. In some cases, these flashbacks may even occur years after LSD use.
It is also possible for LSD to trigger undiscovered or previously controlled mental illnesses, such as anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. LSD can create powerful and terrifying hallucinations in individuals who have experienced past trauma or who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. It is very important to be aware of the dangers of combining this drug with other substances, and to be aware of the dangers of using this substance if there is a family history or personal history of mental illness.
LSD Rehabilitation Options
It is tempting to believe that LSD use can be controlled, but continued use can cause long-lasting effects, such as severe depression and schizophrenia. Furthermore, the longer LSD is used, the higher the risk of an accidental overdose, especially if the drug is used in combination with alcohol or another controlled substance.
If you or someone you care about has become psychologically addicted to LSD, treatment options do exist. You will be given the best chance at a successful recovery in a designated medical facility under the supervision of qualified medical professionals.
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