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Effects of LSD: Short and Long Term

There are many negative effects of using LSD, some of which can persist long after use and can even become permanent.

Most college students and young adults have heard of LSD, some have even tried it. It is a relatively common drug that belongs to the hallucinogen class of illegal drugs. Although current research suggests it might have some medical uses, for now the Drug Enforcement Administration still classifies it as having no medical value. Like any drug, LSD has both short and long term effects you should be aware of.

Short Term Effects of LSD

According to the California Court Website, there are a variety of short term effects that are attributable to LSD. Many of these effects are benign while others are extremely dangerous. Although some describe a LSD trip as anxiety inducing, this is not always the case. Some of the short term effects are:

  • hallucinations or distortions of smell, taste, sight, and hearing
  • sleepiness
  • high blood pressure
  • anxiety
  • euphoria
  • dry mouth
  • increased heart rate
  • sweating
  • increases in body temperature
  • loss of desire to eat
  • paranoia
  • dilated pupils
  • confusion
  • delusions or lack of touch with reality
  • tremors

All of these short term effects are normal for someone who’s taken LSD. There are some abnormal effects known as a bad trip. A bad trip can produce:

Effects of LSD

Severe anxiety is experienced during a bad trip on LSD.

  • severe anxiety
  • nightmarish hallucinations
  • paranoia
  • severe confusion
  • complex delusions

Bad trips are relatively rare and seem to be triggered by the state of mind of the user. LSD puts you in a highly suggestible state. It is possible to stop a bad trip or make a trip bad by simply suggesting something positive or negative. If you believe you are addicted to LSD, there is help available. For more information call 800-609-2774.

Long Term Effects of LSD

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, one of the major long term effects of LSD is a tolerance to the drug and flashbacks.

Flashbacks are persistent hallucinations that happen periodically days, weeks, or years after the initial ingestion of the drug. A rare effect of taking LSD, particularly in large amounts is a disorder called HPPD or hallucinogenic persisting perceptive disorder. This disorder is characterized by:

  • delusional behaviors
  • mood swings
  • difficulty distinguishing reality from fantasy
  • inability to communicate
  • lack of motivation
  • psychosis
  • vision problems
  • overwhelming anxiety
  • irrational thinking
  • schizophrenia like behaviors

How Long Does LSD Stay in Your System?

HPPD is a relatively rare disorder and is usually brought on by taking too much LSD for too long.

Although LSD is not traditionally addictive, some people report a psychological addiction to it. Psychological addiction is extremely difficult to break and requires intensive behavioral counseling and therapy.

Finding Help for an LSD Addiction

If you believe that you have a psychological addiction to LSD, there is help available. All you have to do is call 800-609-2774. We can help you find the treatment that you need to end your addiction to LSD.

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