What is LSD?
LSD is an illegal, potent hallucinogen responsible for hospitalizing thousands per year. Many who experiment with LSD become addicted to the substance quickly, as their tolerance for LSD develops quickly. LSD cements both physical and psychological addictions quickly, resulting in measurable health effects and long lasting mental disorders.
LSD typically comes in powdered form and is synthesized illegally in secreted labs. LSD originates from ergot fungus, which is found on rye and other common grains. As a hallucinogen, LSD forces users to disconnect with reality and space out, or “trip.” A trip is the word used to describe the effects of LSD on the body. Once under the influence of LSD, users of the substance lose their connection from reality and may experience auditory, visual, and sensory hallucinations.
Common Names for LSD
- Battery Acid
- California Sunshine
- Purple Heart
Why is LSD Addictive?
Because LSD permanently affects one’s neurotransmitters, specifically serotonin, dopamine, and GABA, adversely affecting one’s ability to manage their moods, feel satisfied, rewarded, and happy, LSD traps users in a continual cycle of abuse, because when permanent damage to those centers occur, LSD is the only source to produce those critical life affirming transmitters.
LSD is initially appealing because it eradicates one’s inhibitions and induces a euphoric effect. LSD is commonly abused in club or party scenes because it makes people feel happy and eager to be together. Like any pleasurable effect or activity, users of LSD seek out more and more of the drug as their tolerance to it begins to develop, and thus, addiction is born.
Many who take LSD believe their creative abilities, or understanding of the world around them are augmented while under the influence. It’s common for creative figures to purposefully take LSD before they create art or make music, which can quickly spiral into a chronic dependence to LSD. Catching the symptoms of LSD addiction before they solidify is key to avoiding chronic addiction.
Red Flags of LSD Abuse
Red flags for LSD use include, but are not limited to:
- Distorted Sense of Time and Reality
- Claiming to See Things that Are Not There
- Hearing Colors and Seeing Sounds
- Sensitivity to Light, Sound, and Touch
- Out of Body Experiences
How Is LSD Used?
LSD typically comes in tablets, or strips of paper which are placed under the tongue until they dissolve. Gelatin LSD is also available, and is similar to an alcoholic jello shot. Some users are creative and soak the liquid substance in sweets, like sugar cubes.
Dangers of LSD Users Don’t Know About
Because LSD is manufactured illegally, there are no checks and balances, regulations, or even streamlined “recipes” to create the substance. One batch can vary wildly from one made just before, or after it by the same chemist. Due to the lack of regulation in the manufacture of LSD, it is more likely overdose and toxicity from LSD will occur.
During an overdose users may incur permanent brain damage, and die if not immediately attended to by emergency responders.
Although LSD initially bestows users with bursts of euphoria, after continued use of the substance, permanent mood disorders and social conditions eventually develop. LSD addiction treatment can redresses the disorder.