LSD Treatment Research

LSD treatment research

Research has been conducted where LSD is used as a form of treatment

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a synthetic drug known for its hallucinogenic properties. LSD is the most potent of all hallucinogens. It is a clear or white, odorless, water-soluble material with a slightly bitter taste. It is initially produced in crystalline form and sold in the streets as tablets, capsules or in liquid form.

Since the 1960s, this drug has been used to take users to an alternate reality. When under the influence, colors, smells, sounds and other sensations appear highly intensified.[1] An individual on LSD may experience physiological effects. Some examples include high blood pressure, higher than normal heart rate, dizziness, loss of appetite, dry mouth, sweating and tremors. If consumed in a sufficiently large dose, LSD produces delusions and visual hallucinations.These experiences distort the user’s sense of time and identity.

LSD Side Effects and Withdrawal Symptoms

While research has shown that the effects of LSD typically occur within 30 to 90 minutes after use.The impact LSD has on each user can vary greatly. It appears that LSD can have a wide range of varying effects and that each person’s reaction to LSD is unpredictable. Because LSD is a hallucinogenic drug, a person may experience extreme changes in mood, feel several different emotions at once, or swing rapidly from one emotion to another.

In fact, excessive use may result in delusions and visual hallucinations. Other research has shown that some people suffer impaired perceptions with depth, time, size and shape of objects, movements, color, sound, and touch. These experiences can be enlightening because there are times that the sensations may seem to “cross over,” giving the feeling of hearing colors and seeing sounds.

With all of this uncertainty and mixed perceptions, it is to be expected that the LSD user would experience fear, panic, severe, terrifying thoughts and feelings, fear of losing control, and fear of insanity. Other physical side effects include

  • Dilated pupils
  • Higher body temperature
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased blood sugar
  • Sleeplessness
  • Dry mouth
  • Tremors

While some physical side effects can be serious, most long-term consequences of LSD are related to mental health. Psychosis, schizophrenia, and hallucinogen persisting perception disorder are possible. With HPPD, an individual experiences “flashbacks,”and the user’s mental state can suffer even years after drug use.

LSD Treatment Research

Over the past few years, research has been conducted where LSD is used as a form of treatment. For example, in 2014 the National Institute of Health conducted a clinical trial where LSD-assisted psychotherapy supported a positive trend in the reduction of anxiety for a group of individuals with life-threatening disease. It is important to note that the NIH states more studies with this treatment are required.[2] LSD is still an illegal drug and this form of treatment has not yet been found to be safe.

Help For LSD Addiction

If you currently use—or are thinking about using—LSD, please call our helpline. LSD is not a safe drug. This drug can lead to many possible negative consequences. Professional help is available 24 hours a day to answer any of your questions. Help is just one phone call away.

[1] Hallucinogens.

[2] Safety and Efficacy of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide-Assisted Psychotherapy for Anxiety Associated With Life-threatening Diseases. Gasser, Peter. Published on June 30th, 2014.