Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), also called acid, is a recreational drug mostly used for its hallucinogenic effects.
It is derived from a fungus and created in underground labs before being distributed illegally. It typically comes in the form of a pill, but it can also be injected or inhaled.
The Effects of LSD on the Mind & Body
LSD is considered a common club drug because of its frequent use at night clubs and music festivals. People will take LSD in these environments because they believe it will enhance their experience. Along with some strong initial LSD effects, there are also some possible lingering and long-term side effects from LSD use.
Short-Term Effects of LSD
Taking LSD leads to a trip where the user still feels effects for around 12 hours depending on the dosage, means of administration, and the individual.1 During this trip, the user will experience a variety of effects mentally and physically. Although many people take this drug for the blissful high it provides, not everyone will have a positive experience. Some people may have a bad trip and experience unwanted negative effects.
The short-term effects of LSD include:
Increased blood pressure
Increased body temperature
Possible anxiety and paranoia
Having an out-of-body experience
Feeling that what’s happening isn’t real
Distorted sense of time
Feeling closer to others1
These LSD effects can also vary depending on if there are other drugs or alcohol in a person’s system. Mixing drugs can be dangerous and lead to unforeseen complications. Because LSD is created in underground laboratories and not regulated, it could also be laced with other harmful substances or drugs without the user’s knowledge. If you find that you are frequently abusing any number of club drugs as well as engaging in heavy drinking often, you should look for a type of addiction treatment program that meets your needs and can help you stop before serious problems develop.
Long-Term Effects of LSD
Research on LSD effects in the long run is somewhat mixed and still needs to be investigated. The long-term effects will be different from person to person and depend on their LSD use.
Some long-term effects of LSD include:
Flashback hallucinations when not using LSD
Increased risk of bloodborne infections from injection
STI from risky sexual behavior when using
While people do not develop a physical dependence or require a medical detox for LSD like with many other abused drugs, people can quickly become tolerant to LSD’s effects and require a stronger dose to feel the same effects. This could lead them to take a high dose that is more likely to result in a bad trip. There is also some evidence to suggest that small doses of LSD in a therapeutic setting could be used in mental health treatment as well as treatments for other illnesses, but research in this area is relatively new and still needs to be explored.1
Because short-term effects are unpredictable and long-term LSD effects are still mostly unknown, it is safer not to experiment with this drug. Especially if you are abusing other drugs at the same time, you could be putting yourself at risk.
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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.
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