The drug LSD produces profound abnormalities in sensory perception, including distortions of sound and sight, and emotional effects that create rapid mood swings ranging from intense fear to euphoria.
LSD is a hallucinogen and hallucinogens cause hallucinations, profound distortions in a person’s perception of reality. Users see images, hear sounds and feel sensations that seem real but do not exist. LSD (lysergic acid diethlyamide) is the most potent mood- and perception-altering drug known and the most widely used hallucinogen. Other hallucinogens, including mescaline, psilocybin, and ibogaine, have actions and effects similar to those of LSD. The effects of LSD are unpredictable depending on the amount taken, on the surroundings in which the drug is used and on the user’s personality, mood and expectations. LSD drug addiction can be physical and mental.
Effects Of LSD
LSD causes its effects mainly by activating one type of receptor for serotonin. Because serotonin has a role in many important functions, LSD use can have many effects. These may include sleeplessness, trembling, raised heart rate and blood pressure. LSD users may feel several emotions at once (including extreme terror) and their senses may seem to get crossed — giving the feeling of hearing colors and seeing sounds. LSD drug abuse and addiction can produce cravings and withdrawal symptoms within the addict.
LSD Echoes or Flashbacks
Even a tiny speck of LSD can trigger many effects, and LSD has an unusual “echo.” Many users have flashbacks — sudden repetitions of their LSD experiences — days or months after they stop using the drug.
How Is LSD Taken?
LSD is typically taken by mouth. It is sold in tablet, capsule and liquid forms, as well as on pieces of blotter paper that have absorbed the drug. Typically, an LSD user feels the effects of the drug 30 to 90 minutes after taking it.
What Is LSD and What Does It Look Like?
LSD is a clear or white, odorless, water-soluble material synthesized from lysergic acid. A compound derived from a rye fungus. LSD is the most potent mood- and perception-altering drug known: oral doses as small as 30 micrograms can produce effects that last 6 to 12 hours.
LSD is initially produced in crystalline form. The pure crystal can be crushed to powder and mixed with binding agents to produce tablets known as “microdots” or thin squares of gelatin called “window panes”; more commonly, it is dissolved, diluted and applied to paper or other materials. The most common form of LSD is called “blotter acid” – sheets of paper soaked in LSD and perforated into 1/4-inch square individual dosage units. Variations in manufacturing and the presence of contaminants can produce LSD in colors ranging from clear or white, in its purest form, to tan or even black. Even uncontaminated LSD begins to degrade and discolor soon after it is manufactured, and drug distributors often apply LSD to colored paper making it difficult for a buyer to determine the drug’s purity or age.
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