LSD Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
LSD is one of the most potent, mood-changing chemicals.
It is manufactured from lysergic acid, which is found in the ergot fungus that grows on rye and other grains.
LSD belongs to a group of drugs known as psychedelics. When taken in small doses, it can produce mild changes in perception, mood, and thought.
When larger doses are taken, it may produce visual hallucinations and distortion of space and time.
It is produced in crystal form in illegal laboratories, mainly in the United States.
These crystals are converted to a liquid for distribution.
It is odorless, colorless, and has a slightly bitter taste.
Known as “acid” and by many other names, LSD is sold on the street in small tablets (“microdots”), capsules or gelatin squares (“window panes”).
It is sometimes added to absorbent paper, which is then divided into small squares decorated with designs or cartoon characters (“loony toons”).
Occasionally it is sold in liquid form.
But no matter what form it comes in, LSD leads the user to the same place—a serious disconnection from reality.
LSD users call an LSD experience a “trip,” typically lasting twelve hours or so.
When things go wrong, which often happens, it is called a “bad trip,” involving a disturbing hallucination.
This can lead to panic and risky behavior, like running across a busy road or attempting self-harm.
Some people who regularly use LSD may eventually experience flashbacks.
A flashback is when an LSD experience reoccurs, they are usually visual distortion that involves perceptual or emotional changes.
Flashbacks can happen weeks, months or even years after the drug was last taken.
This can be disturbing, especially if a frightening experience or hallucination is recalled.
Flashbacks can be brought on by using other drugs, stress, tiredness or exercise and usually last a minute or two.