LSD Effects of Abuse

LSD effects of abuse

LSD is more of a mental battle than a physical one

The effects of LSD are so severe that it is not used very often or by many people. The hallucinogenic effects can stay with a person long after he has stopped using, and that alone can send a person into severe depression as his mind is warped from using this powerful narcotic.

LSD Effects

Because addiction to LSD is more of a mental battle rather than a physical one, the signs of addiction can be shared with any other drug that has addictive qualities. The dopamine levels in LSD are so low that it’s rare that a physical addiction to LSD will occur. However, in order to identify a possible dependence or reoccurring symptoms of drug use, the following signs may be helpful to identify LSD usage:[i]

  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Numbness
  • Tremors

However, the drug’s major effects are emotional and sensory. The user’s emotions may shift rapidly through a range from fear to euphoria, with transitions so rapid that the user may seem to experience several emotions simultaneously. Although most LSD trips include both pleasant and unpleasant aspects, the drug’s effects are unpredictable and may vary with the amount ingested and the user’s personality, mood, expectations and surroundings.[ii]

Long-term LSD Effects

Two of the long-term effects of LSD are types of hallucinations, known as HPPD (hallucinogen persisting perception disorder) and psychosis.

  • HPPD produces repeated flashbacks to previous events. These episodes are spontaneous, repeated and sometimes continuous recurrences of some of the sensory distortions originally produced by LSD. The experience may include hallucinations, but it most commonly consists of visual disturbances such as seeing false motion on the edges of the field of vision, bright or colored flashes and halos or trails attached to moving objects. This condition is typically persistent and in some cases remains unchanged for years after individuals have stopped using the drug.
  • Psychosis disorders often trigger behavioral changes or violent mood swings from mania to profound depression. LSD affects your ability to think and reason, and can bring about psychosis, an inability to think rationally and the inability to communicate with other people.

Relational Effects

Aside from the psychological and physical effects of abuse, the abuse can also take a toll on one’s life in multiple ways. Abuse not only affects the individual user, but the toll on family and friends can be detrimental also. Typically, drug users will begin hanging out with new people, especially ones who are using, begin hanging out at new places and/or get into trouble more frequently. They may also drop their attendance in school or at work and engage in secret activity. Financially, they’re looking for ways to fund their drug abuse. Therefore,not only will they sell things they own, but they will steal in order to get their fix. All of these issues can heavily impact those who are involved in their life. The effects of abuse are far greater than the here and now.

LSD Addiction Rehab

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to LSD, please call our toll-free helpline. Our trained admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to discuss treatment options with you. We can even check your insurance coverage to get you the most help available. Please call now.


[i] http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/drug-facts/lsd

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

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