Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a derivative of ergot, a fungus that grows on rye and other grains. Discovered in 1938, it was used in experiments by doctors and therapists in the early 1950s to treat patients with mental illness, alcoholism, epilepsy, and end-stage cancer. Although these experiments proved unsuccessful, reports of the mysterious effects of LSD peaked in the curiosity of many, raising interest in LSD. In response to the increasing use of LSD, legislators passed a law in the mid-1960s banning the manufacture and use of this drug. However, illegal laboratories and black market dealers were already manufacturing medicines.
LSD is one of the most powerful of all medicines because it is active in very small amounts. A single dose is usually 50-300 micrograms, which corresponds to 0.00005-0.00003 grams. One ounce can deliver about 300,000 doses. LSD is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. It is sold on the street in tablets or capsules. In its liquid form, it is placed in or on another substance and dried.
These substances include sugar cubes, stamps, “microdots” (small balls of compressed powder), “windowpanes” (small squares of gelatin sheets or cellophane), and “blotters” (small squares of paper). included. When added to a gelatin sheet or blotting paper, it is divided into small squares, each representing a dose. Then lick or swallow LSD.
LSD users are unlikely to take it at school, at work, or where it may be observed at home. These medicines are generally taken in group situations, especially in the early stages of use, under conditions that enhance their effectiveness, such as at parties.
Body reaction to LSD Blotters:
LSD is quickly absorbed from the stomach and intestines and is effective within 30 to 40 minutes. Physical effects of LSD include dilated pupils, elevated body temperature, increased heart rate, and blood pressure, sweating, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, dry mouth, and tremors.
Within an hour of taking LSD, psychological effects that cause sensory distortion occur. All sensations in the body are affected by LSD, but eyesight is the most affected. The colors and textures of objects become more vivid and the perception improves. Pseudo-hallucinations (unrealistic images that LSD users can distinguish from unrealistic) are common. Hallucinations (users believe that imaginary visions are real) are rare at normal doses.
Synesthesia is also frequently seen among LSD users. Synesthesia is the generation of one type of stimulus that causes a sensation of another stimulus, such as hearing the sound that causes color visualization. Sensor input to LSD users can be distorted enough to “see” or “listen” to music. Other psychological effects that users experience include loss of body image, loss of reality, distorted sense of time, poor concentration, and poor attention. Users may also be extremely interested in philosophical ideas and feel that they can “solve problems in the world.”
LSD users can experience emotional changes while taking the drug. They show dramatic moods swings-often from extreme well-being to deep depression. Minor events, such as the sun setting behind clouds, can cause these mood swings. Users may also laugh when they are sad or cry when they are happy.
Tolerance (which requires increasing the amount of drug to produce the same effect) develops as soon as LSD is used continuously, but disappears as soon as it is stopped. Cross-resistance-developed resistance to one drug by the use of another drug within its pharmacological class with the use of other hallucinogens such as mescaline (from peyote cactus) and psilocybin (from certain mushrooms). Occurs.
Flashback (a person spontaneously experiences the effects of a drug without taking the drug) can occur without warning for up to a year or more after using LSD. Flashbacks are most likely to occur among users who use them more often than those who rarely use them, and the longer you have been using LSD, the less likely you are to have flashbacks. increase. Flashbacks can occur anytime, anywhere, and can be initiated by stress, use, or other medications. The reason for the flashback is unknown, but it may represent behavior learned under the influence of LSD, or it may be the result of unresolved emotional and psychological conflicts that occurred during the “travel”. there is.
What is a “bad trip”?
Acute panic reactions can also occur with LSD. This reaction becomes what is called a “bad trip,” and users feel as if they are in great danger. These horrifying sensations can last for minutes or hours. Users can experience confusion, anxiety, panic, suspicion, helplessness, and loss of control. From time to time, LSD and other hallucinogens can reveal mental or emotional problems that were previously unknown to the user. Intensified panic reactions can lead to drug-induced psychosis. This psychosis can be short-lived or last for years, and it is almost impossible to predict when, where, and who will react.
A “bad trip” is generally confusing and frightening over time. When someone is experiencing a panic reaction, don’t leave them alone. Keep calm as they are very sensitive to the moods of those around them and may become more afraid to see others panicking. Turn off the bright lights, keep your room quiet and create a calm atmosphere. Reassure the person that what they are experiencing is the result of the drug and that emotions pass by. Get out of panic by talking about non-threatening things like fun memories and distracting yourself with visual toys and soothing music. This helps to pull users from a horrifying experience to a familiar place. Panic reactions can usually be dealt with by a mild and rational person, but if the user goes out of control, it is best to seek medical or professional help.
LSD Blotters and driving:
There are many reasons why the combination of LSD and driving is dangerous. The view of the driver who took the medicine is distorted, and you can see fictitious objects on the road miss them and lose control of the car. Or, if the actual image is so distorted that the driver thinks it is an illusion and does not try to avoid it, it can cause an accident. In any case, LSD does not make users trust their senses and can cause serious injury or death.
Signs and symptoms of LSD use:
The following signs and symptoms are common to LSD users:
Extremely dilated pupil
- Warm skin, excessive sweating, body odor
- Distorted vision, hearing, tactile sensation
- A distorted sense of time, self, and place
- The degree of changes in mood and behavior depends on the user’s emotional state and environmental conditions
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