Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a hallucinogenic drug that can only be purchased illegally. It is found in various forms such as tablets, capsules or liquid. Once in a liquid form it can be added to a small square of absorbent paper or other small object so it can be consumed by the user to become high. Each tablet, drop or paper square can be considered one dose, and these doses vary widely. Because this drug is illegal, it is not controlled or measured in any accurate way, which adds to the danger of LSD.
A user taking LSD can experience many effects from the drug including the following:
- Dilated pupils
- Changes in body temperature
- Profuse sweating
- Elevated blood sugar
- Elevated heart rate
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Impaired perception
- Impaired judgment
- Poor decision making skills
- Emotional instability
Though many of these effects occur only during the high, there are some effects that may become prolonged or permanent. In some instances, individuals who already have an underlying mental health condition, or a potential mental health condition (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, or depressive disorders) may experience the sudden onset of symptoms following LSD use1.
This is one reason it is a good idea to get off LSD as soon as possible. The longer an individual chooses to take this drug, the more likely it is that he or she will experience permanent consequences. While using LSD, the user may also have to endure the following symptoms:
- Terrifying thoughts and feelings
- Fear of losing control
- Fear of insanity and death
Individuals who use LSD will develop a tolerance and will have to increase the amount of LSD they take in order to get the effect they are used to. This tolerance will only continue to increase, and every time the user takes LSD he or she risks serious side effects.
LSD is a potent drug. In fact, it so potent that it is measured in micrograms. If a person is already experiencing hallucinations from a dose of LSD and desires another dose, how is he or she able to properly measure that next dose? It is important to seek treatment early on to prevent adverse side effects and overdose.
Addicted individuals are not only hurting themselves, but they also hurt the people around them. Take a look at the people who are closest to you and take notice of the pain and hardships they have had to endure for you. These people, the ones who have stuck with you no matter your condition, are the ones who will help you through your treatment. If those loved ones are not a good solution in your life, consider building a new support system of like-minded individuals. Recovery offers new friends and new supports who are waiting to be there for you.
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- Passie T, Halpern JH, Stichtenoth DO, Emrich HM, Hintzen A (2008). “The Pharmacology of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide: a Review”.CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics.14 (4): 295–314