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LSD: The Basics

A brief intro to LSD

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LSD: The Basics

  1. 1. LSD Lysergic Acid Diethylamide
  2. 2. What is LSD? • A hallucinogenic manmade drug developed in 1938 by Swedish chemist Albert Hofmann • Produces delusions and hallucinations that distort the user’s sense of time and identity • During 1940’s, it was used to treat 40,000 patients with mental illnesses (including schizophrenia) • “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out” – Timothy Leary
  3. 3. Forms • Typically sold as liquid in tiny breath freshening bottles • Blotter paper • Sugar cubes • Gelatin squares • Tablets • Dose: 25 µg *Only 1% of the absorbed dose makes it to the brain
  4. 4. Street Names • Acid • Boomers • Yellow sunshine • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds • Dots • Looney Tunes • Elvis • Superman • Zen • Pane • Doses • Battery Acid • Back Breaker
  5. 5. Effects • The effects are unpredictable and depend upon the amount taken, the surroundings in which the drug is used, and the user's personality and mood. • LSD users may develop long-lasting psychoses, such as schizophrenia or severe depression. • Not considered addictive. However, LSD users may develop tolerance to the drug. • Believed to work similarly to serotonin neurotransmitters
  6. 6. Subjective Behavioral Effects • Trips last between 8-12 hours, takes about 1 hour for drug effects to be seen • Primary effects are visual – Kaleidoscopic & geometric patterns • Distortions of reality and time – delusions/hallucinations • Panic attacks, fear, paranoia • Loss of control • Insomnia • Loss of appetite • Synesthesia • Rapid mood shifts • Extremely stimulated imagination • Evokes strong emotional reaction • Repetitive/looping thought patterns • Impulsive, poor judgment
  7. 7. Possible Physical Effects
  8. 8. Worst Case Scenario: A Bad Trip • LSD users have accidentally killed themselves by walking in front of a car, getting into a car accident while tripping, or falling from windows or buildings (skewed reality) • Cat on LSD, Ridiculous Effects of LSD
  9. 9. Works Cited