LSD addiction isn’t always visible to the naked eye, but the mood swings and hallucinations caused by LSD can have serious, harmful effects. For help in combating the LSD addiction affecting you or your loved one, call Treatment Solutions today at 877-640-1943.
What is LSD?
LSD is an illicit drug with high potential for abuse and derived from ergot, a fungus that develops on rye grass. LSD was discovered by Swiss medical scientists during research performed in the 1930s and became popular among young adults in the 1960s. Though no longer in its heyday, LSD is still abused, and its users are often unaware of the significant health risks.
The most common street name for LSD is Acid, but the drug may also be called Blotter Acid, Window Pane, Dots or Mellow Yellow.
How is LSD consumed?
According to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, LSD is sold on the street in tablets, capsules and occasionally in liquid form. It’s an odorless, colorless substance with a slightly bitter taste and usually ingested orally. LSD is often added to absorbent paper such as blotter paper, and divided into small, decorated squares, each square representing one dose.
How Widespread is LSD Addiction and Abuse?
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2007 more than 22.7 million persons aged 12 or older reported using LSD at least once in their lifetime. That figure represents roughly 9% of the U.S. 12-or-older population. That past-year use was at roughly the same level as when the national survey was performed the year before.
LSD use among students has also remained relatively flat, with the exception of a nearly 4% increase in past-month LSD use by high school seniors, according to the Monitoring the Future Survey. More importantly, long-term trends show a steady decline in the perceived harmfulness of LSD among students, which could lead to a subsequent increase in use.
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What are short-term effects of LSD?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the short-term effects of LSD are unpredictable and depend on the amount of the drug taken, and the user’s personality, mood and expectations. The user typically will start to feel the effects of LSD within 30-to-90 minutes of ingestion, which include:
- Dilated pupils
- Higher body temperature
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Loss of appetite
- Sensations that – over,- giving the feeling of hearing colors and seeing sounds
- In higher doses, delusions and/or visual hallucinations
What are long-term effects of LSD?
Perhaps the most well-known long-term effect of LSD addiction is flashbacks, during which users re-experience certain aspects of their acid trip — even though they’ve stopped taking the drug. Other long-term effects of LSD use include:
- Mental conditions such as schizophrenia or severe depression
- Increased tolerance, requiring higher and higher doses to achieve the same effect
- Negative consequences from continued flashbacks, such as disorientation, anxiety and distress
- Unexpected outbursts of violence
- Severe depression leading to possible suicide
What are the risks of LSD addiction during pregnancy?
LSD should never be taken during pregnancy, as it could cause congenital abnormalities, low birth weight or poor muscle control in the fetus. In addition, the reckless behavior exhibited by some LSD users during their pregnancy could prove harmful to the unborn baby as well.
Why is LSD addiction so hard to overcome?
LSD is not considered as physically addictive as other drugs such as heroin, but that doesn’t mean quitting is easy. Addicts’ attempts at staying clean can be hampered by the mental damage and instability that the drug has left behind. This can cause the addict to return to LSD or try other drugs in an effort to cope.
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