LSD may seem safe, because it has no physically addictive qualities. However it is psychologically addictive, and tolerance develops quickly. This may not produce negative consequences initially, but LSD can be dangerous with excessive use due to its unpredictable effects.
Physical and Psychological Effects of Taking LSD
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), also known as acid, is a dangerous drug, because there is no way of knowing what effect it will have on you. LSD can cause a variety of hallucinations and effects ranging from euphoria to terror. These can trigger mood swings and sensory confusion. While the goal of taking acid is to have a positive experience, the results of using LSD range dramatically depending on a person’s mood and environment. Some people experience extreme panic and other negative emotions even on their first use, and the effects of LSD can last up to 12 hours. People who experience a positive high will crave the same experience and may become psychologically addicted.
Some of the physical effects of LSD include the following:
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Loss of appetite
High doses of LSD can cause the following psychological effects:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Panic attacks
- Frightening and severe hallucinations
The altered perception of reality produced by LSD can lead to a person being unaware of his or her surroundings or feeling invincible. Users may behave in an unsafe manner that puts themselves or others at risk. People with depression or anxiety are more likely to have negative experiences while taking LSD. Use of LSD can trigger mental health issues and can cause flashbacks years after use has stopped. Some people experience a permanent condition known as Hallucinogen Persistent Perception Disorder (HPPD) which causes mild hallucinogenic-like visual and auditory disturbances. People with co-occurring mental health issues may be more susceptible to addiction and to the development of HPPD.
How Is LSD Addictive?
LSD can provide a mental escape from negative events, stress or difficulty coping with everyday life. Regular users of LSD may have a troubling past they are trying to forget, or they may be generally unhappy or bored. Becoming addicted to LSD can lead to long-term consequences. It is important to find a healthy way to deal with the reasons behind your LSD use.
Get Help for LSD Use
If you or a loved one is taking LSD, it is important to get help before serious consequences occur. Call our 24 hour toll-free helpline to find out more about finding a life free from acid.