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How Does LSD Work?

LSD is a psychologically addictive drug that can cause feelings of euphoria and hallucinations.

LSD is a derivative of the ergot fungus. This is a type of mold that grows on rye seed and is sometimes found in moldy rye bread. The effects of LSD were not discovered until 1938 when a scientist discovered them by accident. Since then people have been using LSD recreationally ever since. Most of these people have absolutely no idea how LSD actually works.

How Does LSD Work on the Brain?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, LSD works on the serotonin receptors in the brain. Some research suggests that by over activating these receptors LSD produces the hallucinations, euphoria, and other effects.

There is still a lot of research to be done on the effects of LSD and other psychedelics. Not much is known about exactly how and why they work. Recently scientists have started studying LSD for treatment of depression and other mood disorders. Unfortunately, LSD is also psychologically addictive.

If you find yourself struggling with a desire to use LSD, we can help. All you have to do is call 800-609-2774 (Who Answers?) .

What are the Effects of LSD?

How Does LSD Work

Heightened senses and delusions are common side effects of LSD.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, LSD produces a variety of effects. These effects are:

  • euphoria
  • suggestibility
  • heightened senses
  • hallucinations
  • visual distortion
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased heart rate
  • loss of appetite
  • dry mouth
  • rapid emotional shifts
  • sweating
  • increased body temperature
  • delusions

Everyone reacts differently to LSD. Some people do fine on it while others describe horrifying experiences. These experiences are known as bad trips. A bad trip can cause permanent psychological damage. Treatment is required to repair this damage.

Another common long term effect is the phenomenon known as flashbacks. A flashback is a brief hallucination or feeling associated with the original LSD trip. Most LSD users report experiencing flashbacks.

How do People get Addicted to LSD?

People become addicted to LSD as an escape. It allows them to experience a different reality. Unfortunately this is indicative of a deeper problem. Most people who become addicted to LSD do so because they have a co-occurring mental illness that causes them to want to escape what they are feeling. Some disorders that people use LSD to self-medicate are:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • schizophrenia
  • bi-polar disorder

LSD Fact and Fiction

LSD use to self medicate for one of these disorders can also cause a condition called Hallucinogenic Persistent Perceptive Disorder. This disorder puts a person into a permanent state of hallucinations, much like schizophrenia does.

Doctors do not know if this disorder is caused by the LSD or if it is a result of a pre-existing condition. Hallucinogenic Persistent Perceptive Disorder is treatable but not curable.

Where to Find Treatment for LSD Addiction

If you find yourself suffering from an addiction to LSD there is treatment available. Therapists use a variety of behavioral techniques to help deal with the psychological effects of an LSD addiction. To find a treatment center that can help you deal with this addiction call 800-609-2774 (Who Answers?) .

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