LSD is a powerful drug that causes perception distortions and affects the mood. Hallucinations are common also and can be a reoccurring problem that can continue even after use is stopped. But with the knowledge surrounding the dangers of using it, the drug is not very widely used. However, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) still estimates that more than 200,000 people use LSD for the first time each year. Only 9.7 percent of the population above the age of 12 has used LSD once in a lifetime.
LSD Street Names
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a white powder or a clear, colorless liquid. It can also be know on the street as:
- Kool aid
- White lightning
- Window panes
It is primarily administration orally, but can be inhaled, injected and transdermally applied.
Effects are unpredictable and will depend on the dose ingested, the user’s personality and mood, expectations and the surroundings. If taken intravenously, a user may feel the effects within 10 minutes but it could take longer if taken orally. The affects peak at four to six hours after use and gradually diminish by the in those hours. A user may experience any of the following:
- Increased color perception
- Altered mental state
- Thought disorders
- Temporary psychosis
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
- Speech difficulties
- Body image changes
- Impaired depth, time and space perceptions
The emotional affects are greater and perhaps even more dangerous as the user’s mind can tailspin. They may feel several emotions at once or swing rapidly from one emotion to another. “Bad trips” may consist of severe, terrifying thoughts and feelings, fear of losing control and despair.
The rate of LSD abuse is a little higher in the age group of 18 to 25 year olds versus high school aged. But this is the age group that sees the largest amount of LSD use. The NSDUH reports that 12.1 percent of young adults in the 18 to 25 age group have tried LSD once in a lifetime. However, this is down from 15.9 percent in 2002. So, the use of LSD is declining in all age groups—at least in the short term.
Although LSD use is rather low compared to other more intense drugs, most LSD abuse occurs through experimentation. Often times, experimentation happens most often at parties or raves one time. LSD is not the most common hallucinogen present, but it is one that is used and present in environments like that.
LSD is not used often as a regular drug due to its intense nature. The likelihood of a “bad trip” is well-known, and that keeps many would-be LSD abusers from trying the drug for casual use. Just one “bad trip” can be the grounds for not using LSD again for many. This is the reason that LSD is not considered to be really addictive. However, a tolerance for the drug can be built up, and the mental effects can be devastating.
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