All About LSD
LSD is a type of psychedelic drug that
can lead to hallucinations. It’s also called acid. LSD alters a person's ability to think
and feel. It can cause changes in sensation and emotions.
In its pure state, LSD is a white,
odorless powder. It's often sold in liquid form or as tablets or capsules. It's often put
on absorbent paper. This paper is then cut into small, decorated squares. Each square is
LSD is very powerful. Small amounts
can cause strong effects. These effects are hard to predict. They often start 30 to 90
minutes after taking the drug. They are strongest 3 to 5 hours later. They can last for up
to 12 hours.
The typical effects of LSD include the
Intense sensory experiences
(brighter colors, sharper sounds)
Mixing of the senses (colors are
heard or sounds seen)
Distorted sense of time and
space (minutes can seem as long as hours)
Distorted body image (a person
feels as if he or she is floating or being pulled down by gravity)
The physical effects of LSD
Unpleasant and intense
While using LSD, or “tripping,” a
person may feel anxiety or fear. The hallucinatory effects can be unpleasant, such as
spiders crawling on the skin. Or they can be so strong the person feels like he or she
is losing control.
Having a bad reaction to LSD and
similar drugs is common. The scary sensations may last a few minutes or several hours.
They can be mildly frightening or terrifying. The user may feel panicked, confused,
suspicious, anxious, and helpless.
Often the bad feelings go away when
the drug wears off. But some people have them for several days after. Sometimes these
effects can last weeks or months.
Some people can have a flashback.
They may have a repeat experience of the effects days, weeks, or even years after using
the drug. The user may see intense colors and other hallucinations. The flashback can
seem pleasant. Or it may produce severe anxiety.
Flashbacks most often occur in
people who used LSD over a long period. But they can happen in people who only use the
drug now and then. Heavy users may develop brain damage, such as problems with memory
and attention span.
LSD's effects vary from person to
person. They depend on many factors. These include the person's size, weight, and
health. It also matters how much of the drug is taken, the quality of the drug, and if
it is used with other drugs.
It's not safe to drive after using
LSD. Sensory and perceptual distortions may cause the user to "see" things that impair
If someone has a bad reaction to
LSD, seek medical help right away. Stay with the person until he or she receives