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lysergic acid diethylamide

Classification: Hallucinogen.

Street names: Acid, cid, battery acid, blotter, blotter acid, blue cheer, boomers, California sunshine, cubes, doses, dots, electric Kool-aid, Elvis, hits, L, LAD, microdots, pane, paper acid, purple haze, sugar, sugar cubes, tabs, trip, window glass, window pane, yellow sunshine, Zen.

Method of use: Because LSD is so potent and so easily dissolved, it is often diluted and dissolved in liquid, and then absorbed into a piece of blotter paper perforated into small squares; no other drug is potent enough to be used in this way. LSD is also sold in gelatin squares (window pane) and in tiny pills (microdots). LSD is taken orally. Gelatin and liquid can be put in the eyes.

Short-term effects: The effects of LSD are unpredictable and depend on the amount taken; the user’s personality, mood, and expectations; and the surroundings in which the drug is used. Physical effects include numbness, muscle weakness or trembling, dilated pupils, higher body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, dry mouth and tremors. Sensations and feelings change much more dramatically than the physical signs. The user may feel several different emotions at once, or swing rapidly from one emotion to another. If a large enough dose is taken, the drug produces delusions and visual hallucinations; the user’s sense of time and self changes. Sensations may seem to ‘cross over’, giving the user the feeling of hearing colors and seeing sounds. These changes can be frightening and cause panic. Users refer to their LSD experience as a “trip” and to acute adverse reactions as a “bad trip.”

Long-term effects: Some LSD users experience flashbacks, or Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD). These are spontaneous, repeated occurrences of some of the sensory distortions originally produced by LSD. These flashbacks can randomly occur days or even months after the last dose has been taken, leading to disorientation, anxiety and distress. Some users experience prolonged anxiety and depression after stopping use. Additionally, LSD use can cause drug-induced psychosis, even for those with no history or symptoms of psychological disorders; this condition may last for years.

Tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal: LSD is not considered to be an addictive drug because it does not produce compulsive drug-seeking behavior like cocaine, amphetamines, heroin, alcohol or nicotine. There is no physical addiction or withdrawal after heavy use, although people can and do become mentally habituated to LSD. Tolerance develops rapidly, making repeated ingestion useless.

Other drugs with this classification: Mescaline, (peyote, buttons, mesc, mescal, topi); psilocybin mushrooms (boomers, magic mushrooms, shrooms); dimethyltryptamine (DMT, businessman’s special); ayahuasca (caapi, yage, vegetal); belladonna alkaloids (atropine, scopolamine, belladonna, deadly nightshade, Jimsonweed, stink weed, mandrake); phencyclidine (PCP, angel dust, T, PeaCe pill; ketamine (Special K, K); dextromethorphan (Dex, robo, red devils).