LSD addiction is a treatable illness. To discover more about LSD abuse and the effects of LSD please continue to read on:
LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide), also known as acid, is a hallucinogenic drug, causing the user to experience a distorted view of reality and their environment. LSD is taken orally and the effects can last up to 14 hours. The strength and effect of LSD remains unknown until the user takes it, thus the resulting effect of the ‘trip’ can react very differently depending on the individual’s previous experiences, state of mine, dose of LSD and environment.
Common street names include:
- Liquid acid
LSD can also be referred to by the names or icons that are printed on to the paper or ‘tab’.
There is no evidence that suggests that LSD has any physically addictive properties, however, there are many risks associated with taking it, especially as tolerance towards LSD develops quickly. Whilst some users report enjoyable distortions to sounds, colours and objects around them, many users report an extremely negative experience, often lasting for a number of hours without anything to stop it.
Taking a drug that distorts your perception of reality leaves you extremely vulnerable. Being unable to make judgements and sensible evaluations of situations and understand dangers, places the user at a very high risk of personal injury and susceptibility to harm. This risk is increased as each ‘trip’ offers a different level of intensity that is completely unpredictable.
Whilst LSD has no physically addictive properties, LSD can invoke highly variable reactions.
These can include:
- Changes in blood sugar levels
- Loss of appetite
- Increase heart rate
- Jaw clenching (‘gurning’)
- Pupil dilation
- Tremors and shaking
- Flash backs (HPPD – Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder)
LSD taken on a long-term basis is significantly associated with mental health problems.
There is successful treatment available to help address LSD addiction and LSD abuse, and in severe cases, supporting treatment to manage any long-term mental health problems/trauma related to sustained use of LSD.