Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)


Lysergicacid diethylamide (LSD)

Lysergicacid diethylamide is among the strongest hallucinogens in the market.The Lysergic acid diethylamide drug is unpredictable. United Stateshas banned the use of this drug although it was sometimes utilize asthe psychiatric drug secretly in government tests. Some people usethis drug as medication, and the drug is still manufactured forresearch in little quantity.


Lysergicacid diethylamide was first manufactured in 1938. Scientist who madeit first did not use ergot. Ergot is a type of fungus found in grainsmostly rye. The drug was first synthesized and later self-tested. Inthe beginning, Lysergic acid diethylamide was used to increasebloodcirculation. Nevertheless, it was discovered that LSD producepsychological effects and affect mood, therefore the drug was soldas a therapeutic and psychiatric drug. The drug was used to helpschizophrenia in the beginning. Most people often take Lysergic aciddiethylamide in tablet form. Nevertheless, LSD is also found in tinygelatin form or on blotter paper. Lysergic acid diethylamide issometimes found in liquid. The drug has no smell and no color,therefore one cannot detect the smell easily. LSD has a bitter tastethus placing the drug in gelatin or sugar cubes may help to mask thetaste. Lysergic acid diethylamide is taken orally, absorbed throughthe skin, taken or injected into eyes (LSD Addiction, 2009).

Effectsof using this drug

Mostpeople are interested in knowing the impact of this drug and not itcomposition. Lysergic acid diethylamide produces very powerfuleffects, causing users to “hear color” and “see sound.”Sometimes strong delusions and hallucinations can be frightening tousers thus inducing extreme fear and panic. LSD effects are usuallyfelt about twenty minutes after the user take the drug. Lysergic aciddiethylamide has very pleasing effects such as changing the way userviews time and distorting perception. Time spent by the user underthe influence of Lysergic acid diethylamide, feeling strange feelingsand seeing “fantastical pictures” is referred to as “trip.”However, it is worth noting that Lysergic acid diethylamide does notalways give pleasant effects (Abraham, 2007).

LSDstrong effects may also be unpleasant and scary. Personal mood andstate of mind can affect manifestation of drug used. Sometimes thingsexperience by a user under Lysergic acid diethylamide influence cancause traumatic feelings. It is thinkable for LSD user to experiencea flashback many years after using the drug once. The flashbackhappens when user experience certain aspects of her or his Lysergicacid diethylamide “trip,” even in absent of the drug. However,flashbacks occur mostly when a person use Lysergic acid diethylamidemany times. These flashbacks may be scary or pleasing. Users whoexperience flashbacks may need assistance to overcome Lysergic aciddiethylamide psychological effects after many years (NationalInstitute on Drug Abuse, 2014).

Lysergicacid diethylamide street names

Justlike any other drug, Lysergic acid diethylamide has street names,which make it sound mild. The primary aim of these street names is toprevent other from noticing what the user of Lysergic aciddiethylamide is doing. The commonly know street names are: Acid (themost common one and where “acid trip” term come from), Blotter,Microdots, Bartman, Bart Simpson, Window panes, Pyramid, Dose, Lucy,Fry, Hawk, Paper Mushrooms, Flash, Gel, Gelatin chips, Tab, and Blaze(LSD Addiction, 2009).

Treatmentfor LSD

Thetreatment for Lysergicacid diethylamideabuse&nbspis differs from treatment of other drugs. It differsbecause LSD is not addictive and therefore it has no officialwithdrawal signs. Lysergicacid diethylamide drugtreatment is more on the psychological than on the physicaltreatment. Unlikeamphetamine use, heroin abuse, alcohol addiction, as well as otherdrugs, no “craving” associated with Lysergic acid diethylamide.The treatment is banned mostly due to its unpredictable and powerfuleffects in users. It is very rare to find a location where LSDtreatment is done (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2014).


AlthoughLysergic acid diethylamide is not considered as addictive, the strongeffects of this drug are still dangerous. Just because the user has achanged perception, it is not automatic that the user will exhibiterratic behavior, and engages in risky stunts or behavior withoutrealizing what is happening.


NationalInstitute on Drug Abuse (2014). Hallucinogens- LSD, Peyote, Psilocybin, and PCP. Retrieved from March 2, 2015

LSDAddiction (2009). LSDAddiction Help.Retrieved from March 2, 2015

Abraham,H.D. (2007). Visual phenomenology of the LSD Flashback. ArchGen Psychiatry 40:884-889