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LSD and LSD Abuse

LSD Statistics and Abuse

D-lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD, acid, blotter) belongs to the hallucinogen class of narcotics. LSD, like other hallucinogens like peyote (mescaline) and psilocybin (magic mushrooms), causes users to experience pictures, sounds, and other sensations that appear genuine to them while intoxicated but are essentially figments of their mind.

LSD is made in a lab from lysergic acid, a natural compound found in the fungus Claviceps Purpurea, which grows on rye plants.

LSD was first produced in 1938 by a Swiss scientist named Albert Hoffmann, and it was offered as an experimental psychiatric medicine under the trade name Delysid from 1947 until 1966.

 

The Controlled Substances Act prohibited the possession and use of LSD in 1970. While the validity of LSD's usage in medicine is sometimes debated, there are now no accepted medical uses for this drug.

The most frequent form of illicit LSD, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is little squares of absorbent blotter paper that have been soaked in liquid LSD and dried.

 

Designs or artwork are frequently used to embellish LSD-infused blotter squares. This substance can also be discovered in sugar cubes, gelatin squares, and candies and is sold on the black market as tablets, capsules, or liquid.

Effects of LSD Abuse

Chronic users of LSD, unlike many other illicit drugs, do not experience physical withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking it. In addition, there is no evidence that LSD abuse has long-term adverse effects on physical health.

Unfortunately, for some abusers, LSD has long-term psychological repercussions, and they may continue to suffer hallucinations and other visual abnormalities even after the drug has been stopped.

Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD)—commonly referred to as "flashbacks"—is the condition of experiencing these recurrent symptoms.

HPPD's actual causes are unknown, and no commonly accepted treatment for the disorder exists.

Although no official numbers are available, HPPD has been reported to endure anywhere from a few months to a year. However, it can sometimes linger longer.

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LSD Overdose

Taking too much LSD can be dangerous because of the psychological effects and the risk of having a bad trip.

However, dangerous physical symptoms may also happen in some cases. Experiments on animals have shown that very high doses of this drug can kill people by stopping them from breathing.

 

Those who overeat LSD may also experience the following:

 

  • Vomiting

  • Hyperthermia (high body temperature)

  • Consciousness loss

  • Coma

LSD Abuse Facts

LSD abusers have been comparatively few compared to other illicit drugs like cocaine or marijuana since it became banned in 1970.

According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), roughly 287,000 people over 12 were current LSD users (or 0.1 percent of the population).

The black market appeal of LSD has been limited due to several variables, including the difficulties of chemically synthesizing this substance.

 

In addition, resistance to LSD's effects develops quickly, which may deter frequent use.

Even though LSD was never formally outlawed, scientific research on the drug dwindled after it was classified as a controlled substance.

However, there has been increasing interest in utilizing LSD as a treatment for psychiatric diseases like depression and anxiety and as a tool for researching the human brain since 2010. However, it is unlikely that LSD will be used as a medicinal agent in the near future.

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