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LSD aka Acid

Lysergic acid diethylamide, shorten to LSD or nicknamed acid is a psychedelic drug.  It produces effects like colourful visuals and geometric patterns as well as a sense of time distortion.   These powerful effects and is relative cheap  production cost have made this a widely use recreational drug.

First synthesized by Albert Hofmann LSD is made from ergot, a grain fungus that can be found growing on rye.  In pure form it is colourless, odourless, and mildly bitter.

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Recreationally LSD is taken orally.  Dealers put the pure forum of LSD onto blotting paper and it is this which is eaten in very small amounts in doses called tabs.   These tabs of blotting paper are often printed with designs or logos to give the LSD a brand recognition similar to the way E's are now sold. 

Sandoz Laboratories after its discovery started to experiment with the drug with various psychiatric uses. LSD became a therapeutic agent that appeared to show great promise in the treatment of patients.

Non patients though quickly realised acids potential to open the mind to new experiences and it was widely used in the "swinging" sixties and seventies which lead to the drug being banned by the political classes.

LSD is not considered addictive, its users do not exhibit commonly accepted definitions of physical dependence.  Tolerance to LSD builds up quickly and prevents regular use. This tolerance diminishes after a few days without use.

LSD's effects normally last from 612 hours depending on dosage.

LSD's psychological effects commonly called a "trip") vary greatly from person to person, depending on factors such as previous experiences, state of mind and environment, as well as dose strength. They also vary from one trip to another, and even as time passes during a single trip. An LSD trip can have long-term psychoemotional effects; some users cite the LSD experience as causing significant changes in their personality and life perspective. Widely different effects emerge based on what has been called set and setting; the "set" being the general mindset of the user, and the "setting" being the physical and social environment in which the drug's effects are experienced.

Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert considered the chemical to be of potentially beneficial application in psychotherapy. If the user is in a hostile or otherwise unsettling environment, or is not mentally prepared for the powerful distortions in perception and thought that the drug causes, effects are more likely to be unpleasant than if he or she is in a comfortable environment and has a relaxed, balanced and open mindset.

Some psychological effects may include an experience of radiant colours, objects and surfaces appearing to ripple or "breathe," coloured patterns behind the eyes, a sense of time distorting (time seems to be stretching, repeating itself, changing speed or stopping), crawling geometric patterns overlaying walls and other objects, morphing objects, a sense that one's thoughts are spiralling into themselves, loss of a sense of identity or the ego (known as "ego death"), and powerful, and sometimes brutal, psycho-physical reactions interpreted by some users as reliving their own birth.  Many users experience a dissolution between themselves and the "outside world".

LSD is generally considered nontoxic, although it may temporarily impair the ability to make sensible judgments and understand common dangers, thus making the user more susceptible to accidents and personal injury. There is also some indication that LSD may trigger a dissociative fugue state in individuals who are taking certain classes of antidepressants such as lithium salts and tricyclics. In such a state, the user has an impulse to wander, and may not be aware of his or her actions, which can lead to physical injury.

"Flashbacks" are a reported psychological phenomenon in which an individual experiences an episode of some of LSD's subjective effects long after the drug has worn off usually in the days after typical doses. In some rarer cases, flashbacks have lasted longer, but are generally short-lived and mild compared to the actual LSD "trip." Flashbacks can incorporate both positive and negative aspects of LSD trips. Flashbacks have proven difficult to study and are no longer officially recognized as a psychiatric syndrome. However, colloquial usage of the term persists and usually refers to any drug-free experience reminiscent of psychedelic drug effects, with the typical connotation that the episodes are of short duration.

In the United Kingdom, LSD is a class A drug. This means that possession of the drug without a license is punishable with 7 years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine, and trafficking is punishable with life imprisonment..


 
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