LSD, or d-lysergic acid diethylamide, is a powerful hallucinogen that was first synthesized in 1938 from a fungus that grows on rye and other grains. LSD is also sold as “acid,” “sugar cubes,” “trips,” “dots,” “blotter,” and dozens of other street names. Teenagers and young adults have popularly abused LSD at raves, dance parties and music festivals since the 1960s.
What Is LSD?
LSD is a powerful psychedelic drug that affects a person’s thoughts, feelings and perceptions, or awareness of themselves and their surrounding environment. Similar to other hallucinogens, it can also produce delusions and hallucinations – altered sensory and visual perceptions that seem real even though they are not – as well as highly unpredictable effects.
Some LSD users combine it with other drugs. “Candy flipping,” for example, is when people take MDMA (or 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) with LSD. LSD lacks color, taste and odor, but some people have reported that it has a mild bitter or metallic taste. It is dissolved into a liquid and then transferred onto a small paper square called a “blotter.” It is also commonly sold as microdot tablets, on sugar cubes, blotter paper or gelatin sheets that can be chewed or swallowed.