LSD

LSD

LSD, Lysergic acid diethylamide, also known colloquially as acid, is a psychedelic drug. Effects typically include intensified thoughts, emotions, and sensory perception. At sufficiently high dosages LSD manifests primarily visual, as well as auditory, hallucinations.

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Since this drug is not an approved drug, its therapeutic applications are regarded as experimental. In the 1960s this drug was proposed for use in the treatment of neuroses, especially for patients who were recalcitrant to more conventional psychotherapeutic procedures. This drug also was tried as a treatment for alcoholism and to reduce the suffering of terminally ill cancer patients. It was studied as an adjunct in the treatment of narcotic addiction, of children with autism, and of the so-called psychopathic personality.

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How Does it Affect The Body?

This drug is an odorless white, clear, black, or brown powder substance. It often comes in saturated, blotter paper divided into small squares with microdots, gelatin (windowpanes), liquid form, or sugar cubes. This drug is usually consumed orally. Effects are generally felt after about 20 to 90 minutes of consumption and can last about 12 hours during which time a variety of effects can be experienced, including psychedelic effects, hallucinations, and dissociative experiences. The peak effects usually occur between two and four hours.

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How Does it Work?

Scientists believe that this drug works by influencing the receptors involved in the regulation of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain. Serotonin is involved in the control of behavioral, perceptual, and regulatory systems including mood, motor control, sensory perception, hunger, body temperature, and sexual behavior.

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Health Hazards and Flashbacks with this drug

Under the influence of this drug, the ability to make sensible judgments and see common dangers is impaired, making the user susceptible to personal injury or death.

After the trip of this drug, the user may suffer acute anxiety or depression, and may also experience flashbacks (also called hallucinogen persisting perception disorder), which are recurrences of the effects of it days or even months after taking the last dose.

  • A flashback occurs suddenly, often without warning, usually in people who use hallucinogens chronically or have an underlying personality problem.
  • Healthy people who only use this drug occasionally may also have flashbacks.
  • Bad trips and flashbacks are only part of the risks of the use of this drug. The users of this drug may also manifest relatively long-lasting psychoses, such as schizophrenia or severe depression.

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Signs and Symptoms of this drug

This drug is not physically addictive but can be psychologically addictive. When it comes to signs of LSD addiction, they can be hard to discern. With addiction to LSD, it’s first important to be able to recognize the signs of LSD use as stated above. Once you know what to look for and can identify when someone is under the influence of this drug, you can begin to see if there is a substance abuse problem.

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LSD Withdrawal Symptoms and Indicators

LSD is not a physically addictive drug so the physical withdrawal symptoms typically thought of with other drugs are not found with LSD withdrawal. However, since it is psychologically addictive, when a person stops using LSD they can experience emotional and mental withdrawal symptoms. These LSD withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Cravings

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