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[ LSD ]

LSD or Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (li-ser-jic acid die-ethil-a-myde) also known as acid, tabs and trips was discovered by scientist Albert Hoffman in 1938 and became increasingly popular as a recreational drug in the 1960s. In the past it has been used for treating some psychiatric illnesses as well as alcoholism however it is now an illegal drug.

LSD is a strong psychedelic (trippy) drug which can alter your senses and thinking, causing colours to appear more vivid and music to sound clearer. It also increases your heart rate and blood pressure. People using it can experience a high, spiritual insight, wakefulness and reduced appetite as well as a feeling of time slowing down, confusion, anxiety and paranoia.

It comes as small squares of blotting paper or microdots (very small tablets or ‘tabs’ the size of a lighter flint) and occasionally in gel capsules which are swallowed. LSD is very strong and a single dose (one tab) is usually enough however the strength of a single tab may vary considerably. People taking LSD should be careful with doses.

A trip can last from 8-12 hours depending on the dose although users may experience effects (flashbacks) for days, weeks and occasionally years afterwards.

What you need to know

If you choose to use LSD:

Try and buy from a reliable source
Always use with people you know and trust
If you find yourself in a bad trip the number one rule is don't panic. Unpleasant feelings will subside if you don't focus on them
Do not drive or operate machinery while on LSD
Altered perceptions mean you may not spot dangers, so be careful
If you are in a group have a 'spotter' - someone who stays 'straight' and knows what to expect from LSD
People who are experiencing emotional or psychological problems and those who have a family history of mental illness should not use LSD
A non-fizzy, sugary drink can be useful for people having a negative experience
Most people who take trips recommend having a break of a few weeks or months between sessions to allow time process the experience
There is an increase in the availability of 'synthetic trips" which may be stronger than LSD so dose low

Legal Information

Class A drug. Penalties for possession are up to seven years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Supply holds penalties of up to life in prison and/or an unlimited fine.