Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)

LSD is a hallucinogenic drug.

Acid, Beast, Blackbird, Alice, LSD. Whatever street name you want to call it, LSD is a hallucinogenic drug. That means that once you take it, it changes the way you hear, smell, feel, taste and see the world around you. Thirty to ninety minutes after taking the drug, either in pill or liquid form, or by placing small sheets of absorbent paper infused with the drug on your tongue, you would start to feel the effects LSD has to offer.

Physically, you would lose your appetite and your pupils would get smaller. Your body would get hotter or colder, causing you to get the chills or sweat. Your mouth would get dry and you might even experience tremors, which is when you shake uncontrollably. But the physical effects are not the ones that LSD is known for.

LSD causes your cerebral cortex, the part of your brain that controls your mood and views of things, to make things up, which creates delusions that aren't really there. For example, you would see visual hallucinations that would feel real, you would have no sense of time or who you are, and you would have terrifying thoughts and feelings of paranoia, panic attacks and flashbacks.

most popular psychedelic drug

Despite the effects, it is still Canada's most popular psychedelic drug. As of 2008, about three million people in the USA between the ages of 12 and 25 have admitted to using LSD. It's a contained substance in Canada, which means it's not illegal as long as you have medical authorization to use it. Fatal overdoses of the drug are rare but possible, but the real thing to be afraid of is the complications of taking the drug.

When you take LSD, it becomes hard to tell what is reality and what is hallucinations. This could cause you to do things, based on the hallucinations, that could harm you, or the people around you. An example of this is having the feeling that bugs are crawling under your skin, and so many people scratch and cut at their skin during their trips, leaving scabs and most often scars when the bad trip is over.

The history of lsd

Albert Hoffmann

This drug was first created in Switzerland in the 1930's. A chemist named Albert Hoffmann was researching lysergic acid derivatives, in other words things that could be made from lysergic acid, and accidentally created LSD. It wasn't until the 1940's however, that Hoffmann realized what he had created. He decided to re-evaluate the drug and when he took it out to examine it again, he accidentally dosed himself with a small quantity of it. His experience was written down and described:

"... affected by a remarkable restlessness, combined with a slight dizziness. At home I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant intoxicated[-]like condition, characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination. In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed (I found the daylight to be unpleasantly glaring), I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors. After some two hours this condition faded away."

How it's made

LSD is made by chemists in laboratories all around Canada, since it is considered a contained drug and is therefore legal. LSD's main ingredient is lysergic acid, which is a fungus that grows on rye's and other grains. The laboratories produce a crystal using lysergic acid and other important ingredients that are not disclosed, and then the crystal is formed into either pills, liquids or applied onto absorbent papers.

LSD as a crystal

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