L SD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) is a semisynthetic psychadelic drug known to create visual and auditory hallucinations, distorted time perception, and altered thought processes. LSD is commonly referred to on the streets as acid, blotters, dots, and Lucy.
History of LSD
LSD, or acid, was synthesized by Albert Hoffman, a Swiss chemist, in 1938. Five years later, Hoffman accidentally absorbed the substance through his skin, and discovered its psychedelic properties. In the 1950′s research began testing out LSD for its therapeutic benefits. Some scientists found that LSD was useful in treating a number of illnesses and disorders, including depression, anxiety, alcoholism, and enhancing creativity.
Acid was especially popular in the 60′s with the hippy counter-culture. Especially in California, LSD became a drug of choice for those seeking spiritual enlightenment and freedom. Before the 60′s, acid was used primarily in medical and therapeutic circles. However, in 1966, California banned acid, and the rest of the nation followed suit shortly thereafter. The CIA conducted experiments with LSD in the late 60′s and 70′s, investigating its potential for “mind control.”
In the mid 80′s LSD made a strong comeback. Acid was often paired with MDMA, or ecstasy. By the early 90′s most “acid” being produced had strayed from the original formula of LSD-25. Today, what is sold as LSD is rarely LSD. Generally users are getting a combination of LSA, LSD, and 2C-B.
What are the Effects of LSD?
The effects of LSD vary by dose, person, and purity of the chemical. Generally, LSD is taken orally, and effects hit between 45-75 minutes. The effects of acid are often referred to as a “trip,” and last for around 12 hours, with up to 24 hours of coming down after. LSD effects depend on many variables, including, but not limited to the user’s environment, the user’s mental health, the user’s physical health, the surrounding people, and the energy level of the people around.
Common effects of an acid trip are visual and auditory hallucinations, increased heart rate, insomnia, increased sensory perceptions, and synesthesia (the blending of senses). LSD users do not frequently see things that are not real. Instead, their visual hallucinations appear in the way of shifting patterns and morphing surfaces. Also, users see colors brighter, sounds more intense, and have a general increased sensitivity to any sensory stimulus.
LSD Addiction and Treatment
LSD is not known to be physically addicting, but as with all drugs, may produce psychological addiction. As a user beings taking more and more LSD, the brain becomes accustomed to its presence, and feels more normal with the drug than without it. The myth that acid is not addictive false! Taking acid for an extended period of time leads to strong psychological dependence, and the drug becomes very difficult to live without.
If you or somebody you know takes LSD on a regular basis, they would benefit from a drug treatment facility. At a drug treatment center, experienced professionals can help the addict deal with their first days of sobriety, detox, and go on to live a sober, healthy life. LSD can cause many negative effects on the brain, and it is crucial to stop using acid before it is too late.