Not just another Club Drug
LSD, aka acid, is probably the most well known of the hallucinogens. During the 1960’s psychedelic art and music was inspired by the experience of people using it.
LySergic acid Diethylamide causes a disruption in the communication between nerve cells in the brain and the neurotransmitter serotonin.
Serotonin works to regulate behavioral, perception and interacts with the body’s regulatory system which effects: hunger, mood, temperature, sensory perception and muscle control.
People using use it or other hallucinogens to see colors and images of things that are not real. They may hear sounds and feel things. Discovered in 1938, can produce rapid and intense emotional changes. Drug abuse is very sad.
Health Hazards that are very scary and real
Part of the drug terminology has been “bad trip” describing the sometimes frightening and disturbing sounds and images a person using experiences while under the influence, or similar drugs. It's not required to have a “bad trip”, you can have a “bad trip” the first time you try it.
The experience of the person using is directly related to their personality and expectations and the circumstances under which the drug is taken, making it rather unpredictable. Unlike many other drugs which produce almost instantaneous results, people using will not realize any effect until 30-60 minutes after taking the drug.
Under the influence, depending on the amount they take, people using may have rapid emotional swings, feeling several different things at once. Delusions can be experienced and visual hallucinations. LSD can cause severe mental problems.
Senses may get distorted and confused, as the person using may hear a color, or see a sound. The person using might “freak out” as fear and panic set in. The emotional signs are more observable, but there are also physical signs. Dilated pupils, rapid or increased heart rate, dry mouth, loss of appetite, increased blood pressure, tremors, sweating are all common possibilities.
No One Wants a “Bad Trip”
The “trip” the person using takes on LSD may last 12 hours of more, making the “bad trip” a terrifying experience. Feelings of despair, fear of dying, insanity are triggered. The safety of the person using becomes an issue, as they can have accidents, which are sometimes fatal.
Another negative by-product of the drug is that people using, both chronic and occasional, can experience flashbacks, even long after they have taken the drug. These lingering effects of its use can be problematic. Flashbacks happen without warning and come on suddenly. People using have reported that flashbacks can happen months or even a year after an LSD trip.
More Bad Consequences
The bad consequences don’t stop there. Use of the drug can contribute to depression or schizophrenia. Although LSD is not considered addictive, it can, like other drugs, produce tolerance in the user. They may not have the same craving, but people using who continue to take the drug need higher doses to produce the same effect. For the reasons we outlined above, this makes any continued use of LSD very dangerous.End of info on LSD click here to return to Causes
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