What is LSD?


What is LSD?

LSD is the common term for Lysergic Acid Diethylamide and is a hallucinogenic frequented in drug abuse. The drug is taken by mouth in the form of a tablet, capsule or liquid. Also termed acid, it is commonly sold on paper that is chewed and swallowed by the user. The drug does not have a physical addiction component, but can be addictive by means of psychology. There are no withdrawal symptoms associated with the lack of the drug in the system.


A tolerance to the drug can easily be built up in any user making it necessary to use more of it each time to get the same results.

The biggest side effect that is suffered from the use of LSD is hallucinations that are severe enough to traumatize the individual. This is often referred to as a bad trip and will wear off over time. The average length of the effects of LSD is between 8 and 12 hours and the drug gradually wears off during this period. LSD can be dangerous to those using it as it alters their perception of reality and time. They may think what they see is real or they may have no ability to use judgment potentially putting them and others in life threatening danger.

How is LSD Abused?

LSD is the short form of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide and is a synthetic or man-made drug. It first became popular during the 1960s when it was discovered that there were some high powered hallucinogenic properties contained within this drug. When taken in a significant dose, LSD brings visual hallucinations and delusions that change a user's sense of identity and time.

There are various street names for LSD including:

  • Back Breaker
  • Dots
  • Window Pane
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
  • Zen

It can obtained in different forms such as liquid put in the small bottles that were made to hold drops of breath freshener. Other forms include being put on sugar cubes, blotter paper, tablets or gelatin squares. LSD is usually taken orally. It is odorless and colorless but tastes slightly bitter.

Image of LSD

People of all ages take LSD. Research suggests that 20.2 million United States residents ranging in ages of 12 and up have taken LSD at least one time during their lives.

Some people try to take several "hits" or doses of LSD at once to prolong their "trip" or make it more intense. This is dangerous because the hallucinations can be very real and extremely sensitive in nature.


LSD is not a drug to be taken lightly. If someone has a particular phobia, chances of a hallucination involving that phobia can land that person in the hospital.

left quote A "bad trip" has destroyed the mind of many a person that kept seeing something that frightened them so badly that they literally went insane.right quote

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