Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) was discovered in 1943 by Albert Hoffmann. Colourless, odourless and tasteless solution applied to various carriers e.g. to paper known as "blotter" ("tabs", "tickets") or available in the form of tiny tablets (microdots). Other names include "trips", "acid", "window panes". LSD is a very volatile substance i.e. if exposed to air, light or moisture, the "tickets" will completely lose their effect within a few weeks.
LSD is effectively absorbed through the mucous membranes. The concentration of active agent varies on average between 25 and 400 micrograms of LSD. "Microdots" in particular are generally of a high concentration.
First indication of a rush occurs after 30 minutes to 1 hour: restlessness, sounds, colours, sensory perception is altered (e.g. sounds are felt and colours are tasted). Objects leave traces behind them, there are distortions in perception. Depending on the dose, powerful hallucinations may occur. Also possible are often a basic mood of euphoria, an altered sense of time (everything seems to have slowed down) "you stand beside yourself", you see what you are doing, but cannot really intervene. High state of alertness. Everything is experienced consciously and every detail is remembered after the trip.
In many users LSD has the effect of extending consciousness, and those under the influence of LSD believe that they can see through everything.
All hallucinogens have a "soul-stripping" effect and may bring suppressed (negative) experiences back to the surface of consciousness, which may lead to "horror trips".
After about 6 - 12 hours, the effect wears off, and feelings of uneasiness may set in. The nature of the trip very much depends on the set (inner state) and setting (surroundings).
Short-term side effects
The following may occur:
uncontrollable fear, limited reactions, outbreaks of perspiration, disturbed balance and disorientation. Other physical reactions to LSD may include a rise in blood pressure, dilated pupils, dizziness, nausea (when the drug starts to take effect), a feeling of coldness, faster breathing and a rise in body temperature.
LSD may also give the impression of being able to fly - great risk of accident!
When in a state of extreme confusion or during a horror trip, there is a risk of injuring oneself.
After the effects have worn off, depression and exhaustion may follow.
Long-term side effects
Development of tolerance i.e. the dose has to be increased in order to repeat the effect or the same effect can only be achieved after a few days' break in use.
"Flashbacks" may occur: completely unexpected vivid recurrences of the drug's effects even weeks after the last time the drug was taken (disputed).
Physical damage as a result of LSD has not yet been researched. The risks of using LSD are clearly in the sphere of the psyche (risk of mental disturbance): there is also the risk, when the drug has been used once, that latent psychological disturbances may be triggered. Apart from this, in individual cases, longer periods of mental disturbance may occur i.e. changes in perception/hallucinations lasting up to 3 weeks after consumption.
Interaction with other drugs
Cannabis intensifies the hallucinogenic effect of LSD.
We are not aware of the effects of interaction with any other substances, however using different substances at the same time is not to be recommended as the effects cannot be predicted.
People undergoing psychiatric treatment or with heart or circulatory problems should not use LSD.
Pregnant women should not use LSD as due to the risk of premature birth or miscarriage.
Only use LSD in surroundings in which you are at ease and if you have someone nearby that you trust. Never take LSD if you are uneasy or worried about it.
LSD should not be taken on a full stomach; don't eat anything until the drug has begun to take effect.
Take a low dose: ¼ - ½ a ticket is quite enough!
Try to guide your thoughts onto a positive plane and don't dwell on negative things.
Don't go for a swim as orientation may be disturbed: danger of drowning!
An LSD trip should be a very occasional experience. Take breaks between trips. It is important to prepare for a trip and to review what happened afterwards, and to give oneself time to come to terms with the experiences.
Antidotes (in the case of an overdose or horror trips): take a drink with a high vitamin C content (e.g. lemon juice), sympathetic conversation. If you absolutely have to drive, then don't!
This information is not intended to promote drug use! LSD is controlled under the BtMG (Dangerous Drugs Act). Possessing, buying and dealing in LSD are punishable by law.
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