|What It Is:||LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a hallucinogenic drug. Hallucinogens change the way people sense the world around them.|
|Sometimes Called:||acid, sugar cubes, white lightning, dose, tripping, blotter|
|How It’s Used:||LSD is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. It can be painted onto small squares of paper that people lick or swallow.|
|What It Does:||LSD causes the senses of space, distance, and time to become altered. People say they “hear” colors or “see” sounds, and have strange feelings and strong emotions.
Many users refer to an “acid trip” — when the effects don’t let up and can last for up to 12 hours at a time. LSD also can cause “bad trips” — when users experience panic, confusion, sadness, and scary images. Bad reactions can occur with the first use and a user may have
Trips, or hallucinations, start about an hour after taking LSD. People taking LSD can see sights and hear sounds that aren’t really there. They can feel wonderful and relaxed, or scared, anxious and paranoid.
A bad trip can involve terrifying hallucinations. People on a bad trip can misjudge dangerous situations and do things they would not normally do, like try to fly or try to kill themselves.
Trips can last up to 24 hours. Coming down from a trip takes a few days.
Some people who have used LSD can have flashbacks, and become dependent on the drug.
Using hallucinogens with ice, speed or ecstasy can lead to a stroke.