WHAT IS LSD AND WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
LSD or lysergic acid diethylamide is derived from
rye ergot, a parasitic fungus that grows on rye
and other grains.
LSD is sold in the form of blotters (small slips of
paper impregnated with a drop of LSD solution),
tablets, microdots (which look like the tips of
pencil leads), and, more rarely, in liquid form.
A dose of LSD large enough for one acid trip
contains about 50 to 400 micrograms of LSD.
EFFETS AND DANGERS OF LSD
LSD is a powerful hallucinogen. It causes
intense changes in sensory perceptions, hallucinations,
uncontrollable laughter and delirium.
Its effects on the brain are very powerful. They
vary with the individual and with the setting in
which the drug is taken. A trip lasts five to 12
hours, and sometimes longer.
While under the influence of LSD, users sometimes
panic. This experience is called a bad trip.
If you are dealing with someone who is on a bad
trip get him or her into a quiet, dimly lit environment,
and try to calm and reassure him or her.
Be careful, because people in this condition can
be dangerous to themselves and to others.
Alcohol can make the problem worse.
Use of LSD can cause serious and lasting psychiatric
disorders. When the effects of LSD begin to wear off, it can be a very unpleasant
experience. Users may be confused and may experience,
extreme anxiety, panic attacks, paranoid symptoms,
phobias, and delirium.
LSD AND DEPENDENCE
LSD does not cause physical dependence, and
there are no withdrawal symptoms when
someone stops taking it. It does not stimulate
the brain’s reward system and does not have any
direct reinforcing effects. In other words, it does
not increase the stimulation of the pleasure
centres located in several areas of the brain.
Psychological dependence on LSD varies with
the user. A small number of very regular users
may display anxiety or signs of panic when they
are deprived of this drug. But the obsessive
desire to take LSD is not nearly as strong as the
obsessive cravings experienced by those
dependent on cocaine or heroin.