LSD is a compound derived from a rye fungus, a synthetic drug that affects the brain in strange and mysterious ways. The letters are an abbreviation for “lysergic acid diethylamide.” This drug is the typical and well-known hallucinogen and is widely (and unfortunately used) throughout the world for its actions and effects.
The hallucinogen LSD comes in a white or clear water-soluble material. Doses are usually made be crushing the crystals into powder, then mixing it with binders to make tablets called “microdots.” Sometimes things called “window panes” are made with gelatin. The most common way to sell LSD is in sheets of paper that are soaked with the drug and made into tiny individual doses. This is called “blotter acid.”
Since LSD usually begins to degrade soon after it is created in the laboratory, it is applied to colored paper. The color changes then are not noticeable and the buyer won’t be able to tell how pure or how old the drug is.
No one really knows how LSD creates such altered perceptions, although research has indicated that it acts on the brain, affecting certain regions of the brain related to mood and perception as well as cognitive areas.
The effects of the drug start after thirty or ninety minutes from the time of ingestion and can last up to twelve hours. The hallucinogenic experiences resulting from taking LSD are called “trips,” which can be either good or bad. The good trips have some pleasant and some unpleasant aspects and the bad trips include severely adverse experiences which can result in terror and/or sensory overload.
With hallucinations, shapes and movements become distorted and transformed. The LSD user can feel that time slows down, for instance. With a bad trip, the user can get horrible feelings or get terrified of losing his or her mind or dying. The problem is the person who takes LSD does not know exactly what sort of trip they are going to have, as it is totally unpredictable.
There are a number of physical effects that come from taking this man-made drug. The person will have increased blood pressure and can feel dizzy. His heart will race. He loses his appetite and gets a dry mouth. He will sweat and feel nauseated. He may feel numb and start shaking.
Those who take LSD build up a high tolerance for the effects of the drug, and after using it repeatedly, they need larger doses to get the same effects as before. However, if the person stops taking the drug for a few days, the tolerance effect disappears.
There are a number of long-term effects of LSD that can be quite devastating. Persisting psychosis and persisting perception alteration can occur even when someone has used the drug only once. This can include problems in recognizing reality, thinking rationally or communicating effectively. Also resulting from LSD use can be dramatic changes in mood, causing vast mood swings and also vivid visual disturbances. These effects can last for years.
Conditions in past LSD users can mimic brain tumors or strokes, with severe neurological disorders becoming intense and debilitating.
There are solutions. A specialized type of detoxification can remove any lingering drug residues that are lodged in the tissues of the body. The stored drug is released from the tissues into the blood when a person is under stress of some kind. It just releases a little of the drug, and nothing like a full dose, apparently, but the person can experience some effects of the drug. With the right kind of detox done, these residual LSD particles are gone, and the person is less likely to experience flashbacks.
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