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LSD-"Say No to Drugs!"

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Transcript of LSD-"Say No to Drugs!"

LSD
LSD is a synthetic crystalline compound,
lysergic acid diethylamide
, that is a potent hallucinogenic drug.
History
Albert Hofmann, a chemist working for Sandoz Pharmaceutical, synthesized LSD for the first time in 1938, in Basel, Switzerland, while looking for a blood stimulant.
Dependence
LSD is
not
considered a
highly addictive drug
because it does not produce the cravings associated with physical addiction. Many people successfully stop using LSD on their own. LSD dependence is typically
psychological
, not physical.
How LSD is Used/ Form it Takes
LSD is usually taken by ingesting small tabs of paper (frequently placed under the tongue) which have been soaked in the liquid form of the drug then dried. In rare cases it is taken in a liquid, gelatin, or tablet form. Sometimes a dose is soaked into a sugar cube.
Side Effects
The pupils become dilated
The body temperature can become higher or lower, while the blood pressure and heart rate either increase or decrease.
Sweating or chills are not uncommon.
Class of Drug
LSD is
schedule one
; high potential for abuse, no medical use.
LSD-"Say No to Drugs!"
Hallucinogenic drugs change the way you sense the world around you.
However, its hallucinogenic effects were unknown until 1943 when Hofmann accidentally consumed some LSD.
It is manufactured from lysergic acid, which is found in the ergot fungus that grows on rye and other grains.
Normally, the first effects of LSD are experienced thirty to ninety minutes after taking the drug
Loss of appetite
Sleeplessness
Dry mouth and tremors
Visual changes are among the more common effects—the user can become fixated on the intensity of certain colors.
Extreme changes in mood, anywhere from a spaced-out “bliss” to intense terror
Sizes and shapes of objects become distorted, as do movements, colors and sounds
One’s sense of touch and the normal bodily sensations turn into something strange and bizarre.
Many LSD users experience flashbacks, or a recurrence of the LSD trip, often without warning, long after taking LSD.
How it is Obtained
Addiction Treatment Information
Recovery begins with an
assessment of the substance abuse
and any associated mental health or medical conditions. The patient then
undergoes a detoxification process
to remove any remaining LSD from the body. This process may take a few days but does not generally initiate any physical withdrawal symptoms. When ready, the LSD user begins psychotherapy to
discuss the consequences and triggers of substance abuse
, and finally, the patient is ready to
plan for a life without LSD
. Therapists teach ways to end unproductive behaviors,
avoid stressful situations and cope with events that may be beyond a person's control.
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