Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a highly potent chemical that harms the mind and body. LSD is colorless and odorless with a slightly bitter taste. It is most commonly distributed as droplets on small squares of blotter paper but is also available as tablets and capsules. LSD is classified as a Schedule I substance meaning that it has no legitimate medical purpose and a high potential for abuse. Though LSD does not lead to physical dependence or withdrawal symptoms, it does cause psychological dependence. Within approximately an hour and a half of use LSD users experience a high or trip that may cause unusual sensations for up to 12 hours. These sensations which include various mental effects and hallucinations are so far removed from reality that many LSD abusers use the drug as a form of escapism. Those who use the drug on a regular basis have difficulty distinguishing reality from hallucinations.
Risks of LSD Abuse
LSD users quickly develop a tolerance to the drug. Even second time use produces noticeably diminished effects. Those seeking the same trip as before are likely to increase their LSD intake which is dangerous, as LSD is highly unpredictable. LSD use can cause terrifying thoughts, feelings and fears which may lead to fatal accidents. Because LSD use strongly impacts the mind, abuse may eventually lead to chronic psychosis. Untreated LSD addiction may also cause reoccurring hallucinations and hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD). These episodes may occur at any time even years after LSD addiction recovery. Through counseling available in LSD addiction treatment programs recovering LSD users can learn to manage and cope with these episodes which eventually subside.
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