LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is one of the most well-known hallucinogenic drugs and made its mark on modern cultures during the 1960s and ‘70s – the heyday of psychedelia. Discovered in 1938, LSD is a potent mood-changing chemical manufactured from lysergic acid, which is found in ergot – a fungus that grows on rye and other grains.
Commonly referred to as “acid,” LSD is sold on the street in tablets, capsules, and occasionally in liquid form. It is odorless, colorless, has a slightly bitter taste, and is usually taken by mouth. Often LSD is added to absorbent paper, such as blotter paper, and divided into small decorated squares, with each square representing one dose. Less commonly, gelatin and liquid forms of LSD can be put in the eyes.
What are the Effects of LSD?
The individual experience of using LSD can vary greatly depending on the environment, mood, previous experiences, state of mind, and even dosage strength. While under the effects of LSD, the user can experience sensory shifts in emotions, memories, awareness, their primary senses (smell, touch, taste, etc.), and time. In addition, some users experience powerful psychological effects, including feeling a loss of self or the dissolution of barriers between the self and the outside world, usually described as an “out of body” experience.
Despite these facts, LSD is usually considered “safe” in the sense that there are no documented human deaths from overdose to the drug nor any evidence of long-term physiological effects. However, while under the influence of LSD, both decision-making and the ability to recognize danger are inhibited, leading to a higher chance of accidents. Moreover, there have been a few cases of psychosis in previously healthy individuals following use of LSD, though the connection between the two is still not thoroughly understood by science and medical professionals.
Finally, some users of LSD experience “flashbacks” even after the effects of the drug have long worn off.
Dependency and Treatment for LSD Addiction
For the individual who has developed an LSD addiction, Northbound’s LSD addiction rehab and treatment center in Orange County provides a safe and welcoming environment that can help that person back on the path to a full and healthy life, free from abuse of drugs. Our experienced team will create a customized treatment plan that takes into account all of the client’s individual needs and gives him the best chance for long-term sobriety. Because those who abuse LSD and other hallucinogens often suffer from co-occurring mental illnesses or issues that could stand in the way to a complete and effective recover, Northbound treats both the addiction and the co-occurring disorder simultaneously, providing the support and tools needed to achieve long-term sobriety.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a dependency on LSD, Northbound is here to help. Contact us today and let our skilled staff answer your questions and get you on the path to a new and healthy life.