LSD is a psychedelic synthetic drug first created on November 16th 1938 however its first intentional ingestion wasn't until April 19th 1943. LSD usage peaked amongst the youth in the mid 1990's and since then surveys indicate that numbers of people using LSD has decreased. LSD is also commonly known as acid, tabs, doses, trips, blotter and other names. LSD is ingested orally and sold in either tablets or capsules but is in liquid form added to absorbent paper and then swallowed. It often costs an average of $10 per dosage but prices may vary.
The United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances in 1971 declared LSD to be illegal for recreational use however research, scientific or medical, is still allowed on humans. The ruling by the United Nations Convention included enforcement on major countries such as the United States of America, Australia and most parts of Europe. In the UK LSD is deemed a Class A drug. Being caught in possession of LSD can earn you up to 7 years in jail and/or an unlimited fine. If charged with possession with intent to supply you can face life imprisonment.
In the United States of America LSD is a schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1971 meaning that it is illegal and believed to have no legitimate medical purpose.
What is LSD?
LSD as said comes usually in liquid form. This liquid is colorless and odorless however does have a mild bitter taste. It is classified as part of the psychedelic family of drugs and is created synthetically from lysergic acid, found in the fungus ergot. LSD's full chemical name is d-lysergic acid diethylamide (C20H25N3O)
Effects of LSD
LSD, being classed psychedelic, affects a user's sensations and feelings more than an effect on a purely physical level.
LSD can create rapid emotional changes with a variety of different emotions at option; however a user may not be able to control which emotions will come. Hallucinations both audio and visual are common when LSD is taken in high doses; however it is as likely that one may have a bad hallucination as opposed to a good one.There is also a chance of delusions occurring when on LSD such as a feeling of senses crossing over (seeing sounds and hearing colors).
The affects felt on LSD will tend to last for an average of 12 hours depending on how many doses one takes. LSD is not considered to be addictive in the way that a user most likely won't develop a physical or mental dependency. However, it is possible that tolerance will increase the more frequently used.
While on LSD users may find that they experience severe panic, despair, fear of insanity, fear of death or loss of control. This may often be related to experiencing a scary or troubling hallucination.Depending on the amount ingested; pupils may dilate, there may be an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. It is not uncommon for body temperature to rise dramatically creating intense sweats. One may also experience lack of appetite, sleeplessness, dry mouth and tremors.
Long term affects are also possible from use of LSD. Flashbacks can occur from as little as a few days after use up to more than a year after. These flashbacks can cause issues with occupations such as working with heavy machinery and the flashbacks may also inhibit one's capability at maintaining social skills. These flashbacks are a part of hallucinogenic induced persisting perceptual disorder (HPPD) which can be caused by the useof LSD.