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The Effects of LSD: Why This Non-Addictive Drug is Still Dangerous
“The Effects of LSD: Why This Non-Addictive Drug is Still Dangerous”
Unlike other drugs such as cocaine or heroin, LSD is not considered addictive. But this is not the cue for recreational drug users to start celebrating: LSD is still very dangerous. Today we are going to discuss what this substance is, what it does, and why abusing it is a bad idea.
What is LSD?
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a psychedelic drug commonly referred to as “acid”. It is popular amongst illicit drug users because of its psychological effects, which take them on a hallucinatory “trip” that alters their reality, senses, and ability to perceive the world around them. Its euphoric high makes people crave for more, despite the substance not being addictive. LSD becomes the go-to drug for people who aim to forget their problems for a while.
History of LSD
The history of LSD dates back to 1938, when Albert Hofmann first made it in Switzerland. Though it did not produce the medical purposes Hofmann intended, it would later be used by the military in an attempt to use mind control or chemical warfare. No useful results were found.
In the 1960s, the Western world saw rampant recreational use of the drug, particularly among the youth. This resulted to the prohibition of LSD.
Nowadays, LSD is still commonly abused, and is among the most prominently featured drugs in popular media. It is typically swallowed or held under the tongue. It can also be sold on blotter paper, sugar cubes, and gelatin. Some users even inject it directly into the bloodstream.
The problem with LSD is that it is very powerful. A few micrograms can produce intense effects on the user.
Effects of LSD Abuse
This substance is most commonly associated with hallucinations. A single square of blotter paper contains only up to 200 millionths of a gram. But each of these “tabs” can send someone into an intense trip. The effects could last quite a long time, keeping a person high for up to 12 hours.
The hallucinations incorporated with LSD usage have led scientists to study its potential therapeutic benefits. They have even discovered that a person who is on an acid trip has more brain activity during the high. Researchers are still confirming whether or not LSD provides a degree of “higher consciousness” on its users.
LSD use has very little physical effects. It causes pupil dilation, tremors, hyperthermia, and hypothermia. However, its effects are more psychological in nature. It can cause a person to become paranoid, anxious, numb, or delusional. It also provides various sensory effects that alter the way the user experiences his or her surroundings. They may be able to “see” music or “hear” colors. Some users have even reported hearing voices, or being able to see with their eyes closed. Time may feel like it is stretching or repeating itself.
There are also instances during which LSD trips don’t occur in a euphoric manner. Negative experiences, also called “bad trips” can produce panic attacks, anxiety, irrational fears, and other intense emotions. They suffer from rapid mood swings, intrusive thoughts, hallucinations, and suicidal ideation.
The problem is that bad trips are completely unpredictable, and no one knows what causes it.
LSD not only impairs mental functioning when abused, it can also play a role in the onset of acute psychosis.
LSD is not addictive—this we already established. But the mental consequences of taking LSD may still ruin a person’s life. They may not be able to tell when to stop.
Detoxification may still be necessary, particularly if someone has been abusing it for a very long time.
Rehabilitation centers could provide a medically supervised detox treatment, so that the person can slowly ease off of the drug. This process allows a person to eliminate their cravings, readjust to a sober life, and be able to feel euphoria the natural way once again.