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LSD and Other Hallucinogens

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  • Hallucinogens are chemical substances that alter one's perception of reality and can affect emotional states.  LSD (d-lysergic acid diethylamide) is the most well known member of this class.  It has been available since the 1930's, when it was first synthesized.  Many psychedelics found in nature, such as morning glory seed or sleepy grass, contain compounds that closely resemble LSD.  These substances are usually taken orally.
  • While we are not advocating the consumption of hallucinogens, it would appear that human beings (and some higher order mammals as well) have a history of seeking liberation from ordinary states of consciousness (i.e., for recreation).  Moreover, there appears to be a localized area of the human brain specifically equipped with receptors for such stimulation.
  • These substances should never be taken with other drugs or medications.  They can be injurious and dangerous in people with medical or psychological conditions.
  • LSD is an illegal drug.  Its use is strictly prohibited by law.

  • Responses to hallucinogens are dose-dependent and vary with each individual.
  • General response after ingestion:
    1. 20 minutes to 2 hours after ingestion, the individual may experience a tingling sensation, heightened senses (hearing, tasting, smelling, seeing, touching), sexual arousal, and a general feeling of euphoria.  Tension is followed by emotional release, such as laughing or crying, which are common among first-time users.
    2. Two to three hours after ingestion, the individual may experience visual hallucinations (colors become more glowing and objects may appear to change shapes).  A sense of fear relating to a loss of self can occur with high doses or among inexperienced users.
    3. Three to four hours after ingestion, the individual may experience a sense of self-perception and an altered sense of time.  Moods may change easily from joy to anger, and fear to Anxiety.
    4. Four to six hours after ingestion, the individual may experience a feeling of detachment and sense of control and destiny.
    5. The effects of the "trip" may last two to six hours in some individuals, and may include difficulty sleeping and Anxiety.
    6. A so-called "bad trip" is described as panic, confusion, psychosis, or Depression that may develop with repeated use.
    7. Marijuana, alcohol, or psychological trauma may induce flashbacks of the "bad trip."
    8. LSD is not physically addicting, but its psychological effects and damage to the body warrant further research and study.

  • A drug treatment program may be recommended.
  • A structured environment protects the individual.
  • Anti-psychotic medications may be effective in reducing symptoms of a "bad trip."

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