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Lysergic acid diethylamide
Transcript of Lysergic acid diethylamide
What is LSD?
LSD is a synthetic (man-made) drug that has been abused for its hallucinogenic properties since the 1960s. If consumed in a sufficiently large dose, LSD produces delusions and visual hallucinations that distort the user's sense of time and identity.
How is LSD abused?
LSD generally is taken by mouth. The drug is colorless and odorless but has a slightly bitter taste.
Who uses LSD?
Individuals of all ages use LSD. Data reported in the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse indicate that an estimated 20.2 million U.S. residents aged 12 and older used LSD at least once in their lifetime. The survey also revealed that many teenagers and young adults use LSD--742,000 individuals aged 12 to 17 and 4.5 million individuals aged 18 to 25 used the drug at least once.
Is LSD illegal?
Yes, LSD is illegal. LSD is a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Schedule 1 drugs, which include heroin and MDMA, have a high potential for abuse and serve no legitimate medical purpose.
What does it look like?
LSD is a sold as a liquid often packaged in small bottles designed to hold breath or applied to blotter paper, sugar cubes, gelatin squares, and tablets.
What are the risks?
Short term affects
Dangerous increase in blood pressure
Loss of sense of touch and pain
Loss of muscular coordination
Higher Body temperature
Increased heart rate
Loss of appetite
Long term affects
"Trips" (flashbacks that involve panic, confusion, and loss of control)
The effects associated with LSD use are unpredictable and depend upon the amount taken, the surroundings in which the drug is used, and the user's personality, mood, and expectations. Some LSD users experience a feeling of despair, while others report terrifying fears--of losing control, going insane, or dying. Some users have suffered fatal accidents while under the influence of LSD.