Various Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of taking LSD

LSD which is also called as acid is one of the hallucinogenic drugs which were first created by one Swiss chemist called Albert Hoffmann, in 1938. He discovered the drug while searching for a new drug for stimulating circulation and breathing of patients.

The striking mental effects of LSD were discovered in 1943 and later LSD was used for enhancing the psychotherapy treatment like depression due to alcoholism.

Couples rehab found that people are also using LSD for getting horny and increasing the pleasure during sex and many couples were addicted to this drug. LSD has the capability of creating hallucinations and people can engage in their sex for much longer duration.

Although LSD is not considered so harmful as compared to few other drugs like cocaine or heroin however it can create persistent psychological disorder, if a person becomes addicted to this drug.

Young couples found to be very much attracted to this drug and in the year of 2011, 5000 number of emergency cases were handled by various hospitals because of abuse of this drug.

Couples therapy for addiction also found that men between the age of 18 to 24 were among the majority of users of LSD.

Following are few short-term effects of LSD:

  • Amplification of sensations such as sound and smells.
  • Visual hallucinations.
  • Distorted sense of timing.
  • Sensation as if mind is leaving the body.
  • Blending of senses, like “hearing” colors or “seeing” sounds etc.
  • Impulsive behavior.
  • Mystical/religious sensations.
  • Quickly shifting emotions.

LSD side effects are more or less similar to any other kind of hallucinogens and are mainly active at certain sub types of serotonin receptor present in our body and brain.

Serotonin is a kind of neurotransmitter which is involved in the activation of our sympathetic nervous system that is responsible for fight/flight reaction of our body.

Following are few physical risks of LSD:

  • Elevated body temperature.
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Insomnia.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Dizziness.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Tremors.
  • Excessive sweating.

Following are few psychological risks of LSD:

  • Panic attacks.
  • Severe anxiety.
  • Paranoia.
  • Detachment feeling from one’s own body and mind.
  • Rapidly changing emotions.
  • Losing your grip on reality.
  • Aggressive/violent behaviors.
  • Fear of dying.
  • Suicidal thoughts.

Overdose of LSD

As LSD is most potent drug, hence even extremely small doses are able to produce noticeable effects.

Usually a typical LSD dose can be between 75 to 150 micrograms which is approximately 3,000 times less as compared to regular dose of aspirin. LSD is usually illegally made and hence there can be a large difference in their potency in different batches.

Therefore, accidentally it will be very common that people may end up taking larger dose than intended, which can create psychological trauma.

Despite various psychological danger posed, this drug has low toxicity, and required amount to produce dangerous physical reaction usually is very large.

Nobody in fact, died due to overdose of LSD, although on animals it has proven to be fatal. In very rare cases when people end up accidentally ingesting massive LSD overdoses then following symptoms can be seen.

  • Vomiting.
  • Dangerously high body temperature.
  • Gastric bleeding
  • Coma.
  • Difficulty breathing.

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