LSD addiction is its own class due to the psychological dependency, rather than the physical. Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, or Acid, is used for the altering state of mind it gives to the users. It was created in 1938 for legitimate reasons by a Swiss chemist. It wasn’t until five years later, the psychedelic effects were noticed. It is now considered a Class 1 drug with no use in the United States, although sometimes it is used for experimentation. Reports of Americans being brainwashed, or being given a “lie serum” during the Korean War brought attention to the American Government, more specifically the CIA, so LSD was then experimented with as a form of mind control and was given to hundreds of participants.
LSD comes in pill, powder, or liquid forms; often placed on absorbent paper. Odorless and colorless, with a mild bitter or metallic taste, it is very easy to conceal from the average person. It is one of the strongest hallucinogenic, or mind-altering, drugs on the streets. Each high is different from one use to the other, and will not necessarily be the same. Acid was extremely popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s and since then has showed somewhat of a drop in usage.
LSD is popular for the wild hallucinations with vibrant colors given during the high. While under the influence, one might experience a “cross-over”; the belief they are hearing sounds and seeing colors. If this happens, it can cause panic and mood swings. The user might feel all sorts of emotions at once and become extremely erratic. All sense of time and self are lost. Earlier, when the use of Acid was more widespread, there were quiet rooms available with someone present to calm and console the user until the effects wore off. Unfortunately, these trips can last anywhere from eight to twelve hours.
Long lasting psychological effects from using LSD can be quite troublesome for weeks to over a year for a person. Flashbacks, where one sees bits from the highs, can occur and, not to mention, the lifetime mental disorder, Schizophrenia. Other effects of using Acid are unusual sexual behavior, the distortion of shape and size, and delusions. For example, one might look at a puddle of water, and think it is boiling, or take a handful of mud and think it is chocolate. The delusions are very real during the high.
The physiological effects are much less noticeable. Increased pulse rate and blood pressure, increase in body temperature, and dry mouth can occur. A bad reaction could cause nausea, vomiting, and headache, along with persistent sweating.
This is not a habit-forming drug. Coming off LSD is not the same as withdrawing from many other conventional drugs. Users develop a high tolerance, not so much a physical addiction. There are no cravings associated with it, nor chills, insomnia, or the shakes. The problem is the mind-altering state a person is in while on a high. They often feel they cannot function properly without using more and more. It is not hard for a one time user to never touch it again.