LSD or lysergic acid diethylamide was first synthesized in 1938. It is synthetically made from lysergic acid, which is found in ergot. Ergot is a fungus that grows on rye and other grains. Due to its potency, its doses tend to be in the microgram range. It’s effects, often called a “trip” can be stimulating, pleasurable, and mind-altering . It sometimes lead to an unpleasant, sometimes terrifying experience called a “bad trip.”
Forms of LSD
-The most common form is blotter paper. This is LSD soaked onto sheets of absorbent paper with colorful designs; cut into small, individual dosage units.
-Thin squares of gelatin (commonly referred to as window panes)
– Pure liquid form (may be extremely potent)
In its ingestible forms, it exists as a diluted liquid. It is odorless, colorless and has a slightly bitter taste.
Effects of LSD Use
LSD is a mind-altering drug. Serotonin receptors in the brain react with LSD to cause its hallucinogenic effects . Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps control your behavior and mood.
The physical effects of LSD are unpredictable from person-to-person. No one knows if they will have a good or bad “trip.” Usually, the first effects of the drug when taken by mouth are felt 30 to 45 minutes after ingestion. It then peaks at 2 to 4 hours . Use by the intravenous (IV) route will produce a much quicker action, usually within 10 minutes.
-distorted visual perception of shapes, colors.
-anxiety and depression.
-rapid heart rate, increased body temperature and high blood pressure
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