LSD is historically known as a counter-culture drug. It was the drug of choice during the late 1960s. Acid, as it's usually referred to, is actually making a big comeback. Over the past two years there has been a resurgence of young people experimenting with it.
Because of the recent rise in popularity of LSD among young people, we're going to focus our attention on this drug, and other forms of psychedelics, for the next few posts. Today, however, is all about acid.
This post is your guide to everything you need to know about LSD. We're going to cover the facts, the effects, and lots more. If you are tired of searching for substance abuse treatment centers in Columbus OH, make the call to Legacy Freedom. Ask us how we can help you, or your family with recovery from drugs and alcohol.
What Is Acid or LSD?
LSD is short for lysergic acid diethylamide. Pure LSD is one of the most powerful hallucinogenic drugs. It was first created by scientists in 1938. At the time, it was thought that LSD would be good for helping circulation problems. After it was proven that it highly affected moods and produced psychological effects, it was sold as a psychiatric aid and possible therapy to treat schizophrenia.
LSD is an unpredictable drug. There is no guarantee that the user will have a "good trip" while intoxicated. Tripping is what users call their experience while taking the drug. We'll cover this a little more below.
LSD is also banned for use in the United States and holds a Schedule 1 classification. Schedule I means a drug does not hold any accepted medical use. They also possess a high potential for abuse. The government considers all Schedule 1 drugs to be the most dangerous because of their capability to create psychological or physical dependence. That being said, LSD is still being produced for research in small amounts. If you're looking for substance abuse treatment centers in Columbus OH that can help with LSD use, call Legacy Freedom. We can help.
What Is Tripping - LSD Intoxication?
Tripping is the term that refers the effects of taking acid, or other drugs that produce hallucinations. Trips can be good or bad, there is no guarantee for either as acid is an unpredictable drug. The effects can also differ from one person to another. Some might see intense visuals while others may hear voices when the room is silent. Tripping acid is a commitment. Once the drug has been taken, there is no known antidote to reduce the effects or "come down" from the high. Acid trips usually last for 8 - 12 hours. Some can last longer depending on the amount and frequency of doses.
Below we've put together a list of the most common effects of LSD.
- Flashes of multiple colors
- Colors are more intense
- Objects glow or have halos
- Moving objects leave trails
- Visual hallucinations
- Audible hallucinations
- Peripheral vision hallucinations
- Sense of touch is greatly magnified - objects have increased texture
- Objects appearing to be larger than they actually are
- Objects appearing to be smaller than they actually are
- Moving inanimate objects - like walls that appear to be breathing
The list above is considered the good effects of tripping. However, as noted above, all trips are not good. There can be some really scary effects of taking acid. This is because the users's state of mind, mood, and environment can greatly effect how LSD intoxication manifests itself.
When a bad trip occurs, there's no turning back. As stated above, there is no known antidote for ending your 8 - 12 hour acid trip. So if a bad trip occurs, the user has to weather the storm until it's over. Having a bad trip can leave the user with feelings of dread, fear, anxiety, paranoia, and more. Some negative effects of LSD have also made people feel as if they're going insane. If you're looking for affordable substance abuse treatment centers in Columbus OH that helps with acid addiction, keep reading to see how Legacy Freedom can help.
How Is LSD Taken - Used?
Acid is most commonly used by ingesting it through the mouth. A less common way would be using it in an eye-drop form or injecting it directing into the bloodstream. One of the dangers of the drug is that it can also be simply absorbed through skin contact.
Most of the time, the drug is supplied in liquid form or pre-applied. The liquid form is sold in small vials and it can be pre-applied to almost anything edible. Parents should be on the lookout for blotter paper, thin gelatin sheets, and liquid form. It can also be applied to pills, sugar cubes, candy, and other sweet treats.
As an example of how it can be applied, we've seen small glass vials filled with liquid LSD, sweet tarts coated with acid, chocolate chip cookies laced with acid, perforated blotter paper, and more .
LSD is also a hard drug for parents to detect. It has no color and is a clear liquid. It also has no smell, but it does have somewhat of a bitter taste. However, we do not suggest taste testing acid as you could easily suffer from an accidental overdose.
Who Is Using Acid?
Based on data from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, people of all ages are using LSD. Their reports show that almost 20.2 million U.S. residents 12 years or older have used LSD at least once during their lifetime. However, young people are using lots of it. The data reports that teens aged 12 - 17, and young adults from 18 - 25 accounted for over 5.2 million LSD users that had tried it at least once.
An even more alarming fact is that LSD is becoming more and more popular with high school students. Based on data from the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future Survey, we find that over 8% of U.S. high school seniors have used the drug at least once, and 4% had used it within the past year.
What are the Health Risks?
LSD is not considered to be a highly addictive drug. However, people can have urges to keep taking the drug especially if they experience good trips. The biggest danger when taking LSD is that the drug can encourage dangerous behavior. Since the user is no longer grounded in reality, separating what is real and a hallucination can be extremely difficult. This has led LSD users to hurt themselves either accidentally or intentionally.
Excessive abuse of LSD can produce health issues over time. These problems usually manifest in terms of emotional and behavioral issues.
We hope today's post will allow you to better understand what acid, or LSD, is. The dangers with this drug are real and it's very popular with older teens and younger adults. Be sure to revisit our blog for more information on the different types of psychedelics, as well as, a post about acid flashbacks. You can find links to these two posts below:
- Warning Signs, Treatment, Prevention
- Do Acid Flashbacks Really Happen?
- Breaking Down Psychedelic Drugs - Coming in August
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