BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuSubstance use - LSDSubstance abuse - LSD; Drug abuse - LSD; Drug use - LSD; Lysergic acid diethylamide; Hallucinogen - LSDLSD stands for lysergic acid diethylamide. It is an illegal street drug that comes as a white powder or clear colorless liquid. It is available in powder, liquid, tablet, or capsule form. LSD is usually taken by mouth. Some people inhale it through the nose (snort) or inject it into a vein (shooting up). Street names for LSD include acid, blotter, blotter acid, blue cheer, electric Kool-Aid, hits, Lucy in the sky with diamonds, mellow yellow, microdots, purple haze, sugar cubes, sunshine tabs, and window pane.LSD's Effects on Your BrainLSD is a mind-altering drug. This means it acts on your brain (central nervous system) and changes your mood, behavior, and the way you relate to the world around you. LSD affects the action of a brain chemical called serotonin. Serotonin helps control behavior, mood, the senses, and thinking. LSD is in a class of drugs called hallucinogens. These are substances that cause hallucinations. These are things that you see, hear, or feel while awake that appear to be real, but instead of being real, they have been created by the mind. LSD is a very strong hallucinogen. Only a tiny amount is needed to cause effects such as hallucinations.HallucinationsHallucinations involve sensing things such as visions, sounds, or smells that seem real but are not. These things are created by the mind.Read Article Now Book Mark Article LSD users call their hallucinogenic experiences "trips." Depending on how much you take and how your brain responds, a trip may be "good" or "bad." A good trip may be stimulating and pleasurable and make you feel:As if you are floating and disconnected from reality. Joy (euphoria, or "rush") and less inhibition, similar to being drunk from alcohol use. As if your thinking is extremely clear and that you have superhuman strength and are not afraid of anything. A bad trip can be very unpleasant and frightening:You may have terrifying thoughts. You may have many emotions at once, or move quickly from feeling one emotion to feeling another. Your senses may become distorted. Shapes and sizes of objects are altered. Or your senses may "cross over." You may feel or hear colors and see sounds. Fears that you normally can control are out of control. For example, you may have doom and gloom thoughts, such as thoughts that you will soon die, or that you want to harm yourself or others. The danger of LSD is that its effects are unpredictable. This means when you use it, you do not know if you will have a good trip or a bad trip. How fast you feel the effects of LSD depends on how you use it:Taken by mouth: Effects usually start in 20 to 30 minutes. The effects peak in about 2 to 4 hours and last up to 12 hours. Shooting up: If given through a vein, LSD's effects start within 10 minutes. Harmful Effects of LSDLSD can harm the body in different ways and lead to health problems such as:Increased heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, and body temperature Sleeplessness, loss of appetite, tremors, sweating Mental problems, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia Some LSD users have flashbacks. This is when parts of the drug experience, or trip, return, even without using the drug again. Flashbacks occur during times of increased stress. Flashbacks tend to occur less often and less intensely after stopping use of LSD. Some users who have frequent flashbacks have a hard time living their daily life.Tolerance to LSDLSD is not known to be addicting. But frequent use of LSD can lead to tolerance. Tolerance means you need more and more LSD to get the same high.Treatment OptionsTreatment begins with recognizing there is a problem. Once you decide you want to do something about your LSD use, the next step is getting help and support.Treatment programs use behavior change techniques through counseling (talk therapy). The goal is to help you understand your behaviors and why you use LSD. Involving family and friends during counseling can help support you and keep you from going back to using (relapsing).Because LSD use may cause mental problems, medicines may be also prescribed to help treat symptoms of anxiety, depression, or schizophrenia. AnxietyGeneralized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a mental disorder in which a person is often worried or anxious about many things and finds it hard to control ...Read Article Now Book Mark Article DepressionDepression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for shor...Read Article Now Book Mark Article SchizophreniaSchizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it hard to tell the difference between what is real and not real. It also makes it hard to think clearl...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Your Ongoing RecoveryAs you recover, focus on the following to help prevent relapse:Keep going to your treatment sessions. Find new activities and goals to replace ones that involved your LSD use. Spend more time with family and friends you lost touch with while you were using LSD. Consider not seeing friends who are still using LSD. Exercise and eat healthy foods. Taking care of your body helps it heal from the harmful effects of LSD. You will feel better, too. Eat healthy foodsSubstance use harms the body in two ways:The substance itself affects the body. It causes negative lifestyle changes, such as irregular eating and po...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Avoid triggers. These can be people you used LSD with. They can also be places, things, or emotions that can make you want to use it again. ResourcesResources that may help you on your road to recovery include:Partnership for Drug-Free Kids -- drugfree.org/ LifeRing -- www.lifering.org/ SMART Recovery -- www.smartrecovery.org/Your workplace employee assistance program (EAP) is also a good resource.When to Call the DoctorCall for an appointment with your health care provider if you or someone you know is using LSD and needs help stopping. Open ReferencesReferencesKowalchuk A, Reed BC. Substance use disorders. In: Rakel RE, Rakel DP, eds. Textbook of Family Medicine. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 50.National Institute on Drug Abuse website. What are hallucinogens? www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/hallucinogens. Updated April 2019. Accessed June 26, 2020.Weiss RD. Drugs of abuse. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 26th ed. 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