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What is LSD?

Facts about LSD

Described by many as the drug which symbolised the counterculture of the sixties. Throughout the world, from swinging London to Woodstock near New York, millions of people chose to tune out and drop acid. It was the drug of choice for an entire generation until its use was prohibited, although the psychedelic substance is still taken today. Often referred to as tabs, trips of Acid, but most people know it by its chemical name lysergic acid diethylamide or LSD.

The number of adults aged 16 to 59 dropping acid has risen in 2018 by 0.1% adding up to over 45,000 more people taking the drug than the year before. In 2017 Police made 125 seizures of LSD, most of which comprised of less than 50 doses. It is said 4.2% of the population of Europe, between the ages of 15 to 24, have used LSD at least once in their lives.

What does LSD do?

The strong, powerful hallucinogenic drug is famous for altering perception, thoughts and feelings. It can make you see or hear things which are not there, have a slanted view of objects and question reality while experiencing what is called a trip.

You can feel as if you have been transported to another world. However, you can have a bad trip as well as a good one. There is no way of knowing and once you have started and you cannot stop until it is over.

A so-called good trip can create intense feelings of joy and pleasure, as well as a sense of euphoria, referred to as a rush. It can make a person feel as if they are floating while taking away their inhibitions.

When taking a trip, you can feel as if time and movement are either slowing down or speeding up. You may have double vision, and some have claimed to be able to feel light, known as synesthesia. Colours and sounds may seem distorted, and these distortions of your senses can be unpleasant and hard to predict.

The Risks of taking LSD

A trip can last up to 12 hours depending on the dosage strength. How it affects you can be influenced by your mood or state of mind.  It may even enhance what you were feeling before taking LSD. You can feel the effects of the drug between thirty minutes to an hour after ingesting it. LSD can make your pupils dilate, affect your appetite and leave you with a heightened sense of wakefulness. You can find it hard to sleep, while, at the same time, feel weak and numb. It can increase your blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature.

There are many negative psychological consequences of having a bad trip. You can be overwhelmed with negative emotions, alongside irrational fears, mood swings and panic attacks. Many feel they are removed from reality days after the trip has finished.

Some experience possibly upsetting flashbacks of the event for years afterwards. Sources have suggested taking LSD can play a contributing role in mental health issues. From paranoia and anxiety to psychosis and schizophrenia and, in some cases, can even lead to suicidal thoughts.

Anyone with a history of mental illness, should not take LSD

Worried you, or someone close to you, may be among those abusing LSD, or fighting an addiction? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you are battling dependency, find out about the various drug detox and rehab programs available by calling Rehab Guide today.

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