What Is LSD?

    A pile of LSD powderLSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is the most widely used hallucinogenic drug.

    Hallucinogenic drugs cause a person to see vivid images, hear sounds, and feel sensations that seem real but are not. LSD is also called acid, doses, hits, Microdot, sugar cubes, tabs, and trips. It is odorless and colorless and has a slightly bitter taste. It can be obtained as a colored tablet, clear liquid, or thin square of gelatin (window panes) or on blotter paper.

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    Most often, LSD is licked off blotter paper or taken by mouth. However, the gelatin and liquid forms can be put in the eyes.

    The effects of LSD are unpredictable and depend on the amount taken; the person’s personality, mood, and expectation; and the situation in which the drug is used. Effects are usually felt within 30 to 40 minutes after taking the drug. The LSD experience is called a trip and can last up to 12 hours.

    The Effect of LSD:

    • Dilated pupils, increased body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, and dry mouth.

    •Changes in sensations and feelings. The person may feel several different emotions at once or rapidly swing from one emotion to another. Also, the person may confuse sensations and feelings, such as “hearing” colors or “seeing” sounds.

    • Loss of time. The person may feel that time is standing still.

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