Physical Complications of Abusing LSD

Physical Complications of Abusing LSD

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LSD is often viewed as a harmless drug. As with marijuana, society sees this drug as harmless or entertaining. This stereotype hurts those struggling with LSD abuse. This drug has powerful effects, and it can be dangerous. LSD is a psychedelic drug that causes an altered state of consciousness. This may seem like a fun way to relax, “party,” or bond with peers, but LSD complicates life rather than simplify it. It impacts social, academic, and professional performance. It can harm relationships with loved ones. It can cause physical complications with lasting effects.

What Are the Physical Effects of LSD?

The immediate effects of LSD vary but are typically “mild” in terms of impact on the physical body. A user may experience changes in appetite, sweating, weakness or nausea. Loss of appetite and nausea can result in long-term malnutrition. Dehydration caused by sweating and an inability to recognize thirst signals can have serious physical repercussions. LSD may complicate seizure disorders and create changes in brain activity even when the drug is no longer present in the body. LSD may not be physically addictive, and its side effects are often considered minimal. However it is clearly not a “safe” drug.

The physical side effects of LSD seem relatively harmless when compared to those of drugs such as opiates. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention[1], opiates, “killed more than 28,000 people in 2014.” LSD does not cause physical overdose and so does not share such devastating statistics. However focusing on the direct physical effects of LSD neglects other ways that LSD can cause harm. When you use LSD, you hand over control of your thoughts and actions. This can lead to engaging in risky behaviors. The National Institute on Drug Abuse[2] explains LSD causes, “distortion or disorganization of a person’s capacity to recognize reality, think rationally, or communicate with others.” An inability to recognize or react to reality can result in serious accidents. A person may respond inappropriately to emergency situations, be unable to communicate personal distress or not realize a physical problem is present. LSD also greatly impacts sense of self and well-being. Because of this Medscape[3] shares that LSD can cause “profound depression” and “suicidal or homicidal ideation.” These effects of LSD abuse greatly reduce quality of life and sense of identity or control. They can have real effects in the physical world and result in harm to self or others.

End the Complications of LSD Abuse

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[1]    https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/. “Injury Prevention & Control: Opioid Overdose.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 16 Mar 2016. Web. 15 Jul 2016.

[2]    https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/hallucinogens-dissociative-drugs/where-can-i-get-more-scientific-information-hallucinogens-diss. “How Do Hallucinogens Affect the Brain and Body?” National Institute on Drug Abuse. Feb 2015. Web. 15 Jul 2016.

[3]    http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1011615-overview. “LSD Toxicity.” Medscape. 29 Dec 2015. Web. 15 Jul 2016.