What is LSD and how it works

What is LSD and how it works

LSD is a synthetic chemical, produced from a substance found in ergot, which is fungus that infects rye.

LSD belongs to a group of drugs called as psychedelics. When  little doses are taken, it can generate mild changes in mood, perception and thought. When bigger doses are taken, it may generate visual distortions and hallucinations of time and space.

Sometimes, what is sold as LSD can actually be other chemicals such as 2C family of drugs or NBOME. These can be pretty risky, as their standard is inconsistent, plus the potential to take too much of these other substances can be serious and a number of deaths have been reported due to people taking them.

What it looks like

In its real state, LSD is a white odourless crystalline substance. Anyway, LSD is so potent that an effective dose of real drug is so little it is virtually invisible. As an outcome it is usually diluted with other materials.  The most general type of LSD, is drops of LSD solution dried onto gelatin sheets, pieces of sugar cubes or blotting paper, which release the drug when they are swallowed. LSD is also sometimes sold as a liquid, in capsules or in a tablet.

LSD Overdose

If you take a big amount, the bad effects of LSD are more likely to occur. Call an ambulance straight away by dialling triple zero if you have any of these symptoms.

  • Paranoia
  • Panic
  • Increased risk taking
  • Psychosis

Long term effects

Some people who regularly consume LSD may ultimately  experience flashbacks. A flashback is when an LSD experience reoccurs, they are generally visual distortions that involve emotional or perceptual changes. Flashbacks can happen weeks, months, or even years after the drug was last taken. This can be worrying, mainly if a frightening experience or hallucination is recalled.

Flashbacks can be brought on by using other stress, drugs, exercise or tiredness and generally last for a minute or two.

Tolerance and dependence

Tolerance develops rapidly to the LSD effects. After the 3rd or 4th consecutive days of taking LSD, no amount of the drug can generate the wanted effects. Anyway, after a little period of abstinence normal tolerance returns.

LSD Withdrawal

There is a no famous physical withdrawal symptoms of LSD. Taking LSD regularly does not outcome in physical dependence, and although there have been reports of psychological dependence happening, the proof is limited.

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