LSD is manufactured from lysergic acid which is found in ergot, a fungus that
grows on rye and other grains. LSD was discovered in 1938 and is one of
the most potent mood-changing chemicals. It is odorless, colorless, and
tasteless. LSD is sold on the street in tablets, capsules, or occasionally
in liquid form.
Street names for LSD include:
Acid, back breaker, boomers,
dots, Elvis, Loony toons and yellow sunshine.
How Is LSD/LSD Abused?
LSD is usually taken by mouth but sometimes is injected. Often it is added to
absorbent paper, such as blotter paper, and divided into small decorated
squares, with each square representing one dose.
What Adverse Effects Does LSD Have on Health?
The effects of psychedelics are unpredictable. It depends on the amount taken,
the user's personality, mood, and expectations, and the surroundings in
which the drug is used. Usually, the user feels the first effects of the
drug 30-90 minutes after taking it. The physical effects include dilated
pupils, higher body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure,
sweating, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, dry mouth, and tremors.
Sensations and feelings change too. The user may feel several different
emotions at once or swing rapidly from one emotion to another. The person's
sense of time and self change. Sensations may seem to "cross over,"
giving the user the feeling of "hearing" colors and "seeing"
sounds. All of these changes can be frightening and can cause panic.
What Are "Bad Trips"?
Having a bad psychological reaction to LSD and similar drugs is common.
The scary sensations may last a few minutes or several hours and be mildly
frightening or terrifying. The user may experience panic, confusion, suspiciousness,
anxiety, feelings of helplessness, and loss of control. Sometimes taking
a hallucinogen such as LSD can unmask mental or emotional problems that
were previously unknown to the user. Flashbacks, in which the person experiences
a drug's effects without having to take the drug again, can occur.
What Are the Effects of Heavy Use?
Research has shown some changes in the mental functions of heavy users
of LSD, but they are not present in all cases. Heavy users sometimes develop
signs of organic brain damage, such as impaired memory and attention span,
mental confusion, and difficulty with abstract thinking. These signs may
be strong or they may be subtle. It is not yet known whether such mental
changes are permanent or if they disappear when LSD use is stopped.
LSD Treatment in Florida
LSD is not considered an addictive drug since it does not produce compulsive drug-seeking
behavior. However, LSD does produce tolerance, so some users who take the
drug repeatedly must take progressively higher doses to achieve the state
of intoxication that they had previously achieved. This is an extremely
dangerous practice, given the unpredictability of the drug. In addition,
cross-tolerance between LSD and other hallucinogens may cause serious health
At Florida Center for Recovery we help clients who are abusing LSD to discover
or rediscover the original problem or problems that drove them to start
abusing drugs. Behavioral interventions - particularly, cognitive-behavioral
therapy, a behavioral treatment approach that combines behavioral therapy,
family education, individual counseling, 12-step
, drug testing, and encouragement for nondrug-related activities
as well as alternative therapies are part of our LSD
. Our therapists teach our clients how to overcome problems
with real-life solutions by equipping them with tools and life skills to
confront and handle common obstacles encountered in life. Only when both
the underlying reasons for the LSD abuse are resolved can a person become
a healthy and happy member of society.
If you or someone you love is abusing LSD, alcohol or other drugs seek the
help of our drug rehab
in Florida contact us
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