Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), also known as acid, is a potent, psychedelic drug known for the psychological effects it produces in users, which may include altered mood and personality, distorted perception, and a change in the person’s capacity to think rationally, communicate with others or even recognize reality. This “drug-induced psychosis” can be enjoyable and mentally stimulating for some users, but it can also result in terrifying thoughts and nightmarish feelings of anxiety, insanity, and despair. Because LSD accumulates in the body, users can develop a psychological addiction to the drug with just one use. Fortunately, there are professional addiction recovery programs that are designed to help people who are dependent on acid overcome their addiction.
What Are the Physical Effects of LSD?
Known on the street as a “club drug,” LSD is typically taken in tab form, and is active in very small quantities. LSD is not considered physically addictive, which simply means it does not produce withdrawal symptoms like cramps, chills, and other flu-like symptoms in users who stop taking the drug after chronic use. LSD users quickly develop a high degree of physical tolerance for the drug, however, which means they require more and more acid to achieve the same high as before. There is also the risk of psychological addiction among LSD users, and for this reason, LSD is classified as a Schedule I drug by the DEA, meaning it has a severe potential for psychological or physical abuse.
People who use LSD experience a “trip,” or a visual hallucination, which can last upwards of 12 hours, and may include changes in sense or perception of time; intensified feelings and sensory experiences; seeing, touching, hearing or smelling things in a distorted way; and perceiving things that do not exist. The physical effects of LSD, for some people, include a pleasurable feeling of euphoria and a sense of heightened understanding. However, there are adverse psychiatric reactions associated with LSD use, including anxiety, paranoia, delusions and a disconnection from reality. These side effects can occur with just one use and may persist long after the drug is originally taken, and they may be accompanied by physical effects of LSD, such as:
- Dry mouth
- Dilated pupils
- Sweating or chills
- Increased body temperature
- Loss of appetite
Long-Term Effects of Taking Acid
The lasting effects of taking acid are unpredictable, possibly resulting in frightening flashbacks, sudden hallucinations, and other mood disturbances even when the drug isn’t being used. Some people who take acid experience long-term consequences of LSD, like extreme changes in mood, persistent psychosis or severe depression. In rare cases, the harmful effects of LSD may include hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD), a condition characterized by persistent visual disturbances including auras or halos around objects, visual snow, trails of light or color behind moving objects, and a distortion in the appearance of objects. Sadly, these effects can occur following a single use of LSD.
Contact Best Drug Rehabilitation for Help
The majority of illicit drugs can have an adverse effect on the body, but the most dangerous are the drugs that also affect the mind, distorting the user’s sense of reality and causing lasting psychological effects that may persist long after use of the drug has stopped. People who experience the hallucinogenic effects of LSD may crave more of the drug or similar hallucinogenic drugs, leading to a physical tolerance or psychological addiction. A dependence on LSD can have a significant impact on the user’s sense of reality, and the harmful effects of LSD may worsen any underlying psychological disorders or mimic symptoms of a neurological problem. If you or someone you know is struggling with a psychological addiction to LSD, call Best Drug Rehabilitation today at our toll-free number to speak to a certified addiction recovery counselor about your treatment options.