Lysergic acid diethylamide or LSD is a powerful hallucinogen that was first synthesized in 1938 from a fungus that grows on rye and other grains. LSD is also known 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.
While the effects of LSD are unpredictable, its user may experience changes in mood, extreme emotions, or feel different emotions at the same time. Known by different names, LSD use causes one to experience a serious disconnect from reality that can last around 12 hours. When taken in large quantities, LSD causes its users to experience delusions and experience visual hallucinations.
Not considered by most to have physically addictive properties or cause drug-seeking behavior, LSD use can cause one to experience psychological addiction to the drug. An illicit drug with high potential for abuse, recovery from LSD abuse is possible. A comprehensive treatment for LSD addiction consists of withdrawal management through medically supervised LSD detox treatment at certified LSD detox centers along with behavioral therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help cope with daily life stressors and manage triggers and flashbacks.
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.