Another Club Drug
Drug abuse 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 LSD users.
LSD (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.
Users use LSD or other hallucinogens to see colors and images of things that are not real. They may hear sounds and feel things. LSD, discovered in 1938, can produce rapid and intense emotional changes. Drug abuse from LSD use is very sad.
Drug Abuse LSD
It was big in the 1960’s, the era of “drugs sex and rock’n’roll” and Dr. Timothy Leary. LSD, commonly called “acid,” was heralded as the way to “enlightenment” and for some a religious experience, as if the only way to see God was to use this drug. Mostly it was a recreational activity for those seeking that extraordinary hallucination.
Seeking the change in perception
LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) is abused by those desiring an altered mental status and hallucinations it creates. LSD hallucinations, called trips, cause a dramatic change in perception, as the user meanders through the distorted reality. The problem is, trips are sometimes frightening and people panic, needing someone to help them calm down until the “trip” is over.
LSD is unpredictable and like many other drugs, it depends on how much is taken. And like many other drugs, the user may experience a rise in temperature, increased heart rate, increase in blood pressure, loss of appetite, tremors and sweating. However, the physical effects are not nearly as dramatic as the emotional sensations. The user may experience several emotions all at once and experience rapid mood changes from moment to moment.
The altered mental status may cause the user to have a general “mix-up” in perceptions, like seeing a sound or hearing a color. Some people enjoy the cross-over of sensations, but it can also be terrifying. This is problematic, as a trip can last up to 12 hours or longer. LSD users have been driven to panic and sometimes the drug-induced fear causes their untimely demise, brought on by bizarre behavior as the result of their hallucinations. Drug Abuse LSD is unpredictable and almost always causes a very "bad trip" that will NEVER be forgotten.
“Flashbacks” can occur with drug abuse LSD
Once a person is down from the LSD intoxication that does not mean their experience is over. Users had been known to experience flashbacks, even days after they used. Sometimes people get flashbacks long after their use, even as long as a year. Usually, people who have used hallucinogens repeatedly are more susceptible to this unwanted and undesirable side-effect. LSD may cause the user to develop other chronic problems, such as schizophrenia and depression, but it is not certain exactly why this happens.
The impact of the drug depends on the dosage. In the 1960’s, for example, it was not uncommon for users to ingest 100-200 mg doses of LSD, but doses now are half that amount, at least that is the finding of the Drug Enforcement Agency when obtaining samples from the street. But what was included when it was created is often an unknown risk of drug abuse LSD.
Need more and more to get the same effect
Unlike alcohol, cocaine or heroin, for example, LSD is not an addictive drug. But the drug will produce a tolerance in the user, so higher doses are needed to achieve the same effect. Users who desire that intense intoxication will take more LSD, and that means the potential for the drug’s unpredictability intensifies. At small does, the trip may not occur and the user may experience some euphoria and relaxation, but it’s kind of like playing Russian roulette with your brain.
LSD intoxication cannot be controlled because there is nothing that will bring the user down once he/she has taken the drug. This writer remembers the days in the early 1970’s when users would call a crisis hotline to talk to someone who could calm them and help them down from a bad trip, or when volunteers would help concert goers at specially designated quiet areas to assist in bring the user down.
Bad trips usually help prevent addiction
The reason LSD is not addictive is because of a couple of factors. First, it lasts a long, long time, so users aren’t as inclined to keep taking hits to maintain the intoxication. Secondly, the tolerance we spoke of earlier actually prevents the drug from taking effect as the user partakes on a regular basis. Lastly, if the user has a bad trip, that’s usually enough to prevent the desire for another one. The powerful, sometimes terrifying hallucinations are usually enough to prompt the user to avoid a repeat performance.
Any predisposed mental problem can be intensified
If a person already has psychiatric issues, or is predisposed to having psychiatric problems, mild or otherwise, the LSD is a very bad idea. It’s like throwing gasoline on a fire. Let’s say you have paranoid personality disorder in your family. Taking LSD can change your brain enough so that this disorder will develop and remain with you for the rest of your life. LSD is certainly never worth the risk!
The drug can cause delusions, a distorted sense of time and perception of self. It was a bad idea back in 1938 when it was developed and now serves no purpose, other than for dangerous recreation.