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How Long Does LSD Stay in Your System?

LSD lingers in different parts of the body for varying durations of time.

LSD is one of the most popular of the psychedelic drugs on the market today. Some say that its long term popularity is due in part to the fact that it is not normally addictive and you cannot die from an overdose. When asking the question how long does LSD stay in your system you have understand that LSD can stay in some parts of the body for a very long time. In order to answer this completely, you have to know a few things about LSD such as what it is and its effects.

What is LSD?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, chemists manufacture LSD from the lysergic acid in ergot, a mold that grows on rye bread. Originally they planned to make a circulatory stimulant from it but quickly discovered that LSD had other properties as well. One of the most well known properties is the hallucinations that it generates. They resemble many of the psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.

Scientists studied this property to see if the drug was useful in helping those with a variety of mental illnesses. It was not until the 1950s and 60s that people started using it recreationally.

Why do People Take LSD

People take LSD for different reasons. Many enjoy the short term euphoria and hallucinations it brings. Others take it because it is said to alter consciousness and bring a person’s thinking to a higher plane of existence. Other reasons why people take LSD are:

  • boredom – they want to experience something new and different,
  • entertainment – they are trying it to go somewhere or watch something such as an LSD inspired movie,
  • spirituality – some people believe that LSD is a link to the spiritual mind,
  • intellectual – many people believe that LSD helps them to think “out of the box.”
  • bonding – taking LSD with someone else is said to be a bonding experience.

Of course there are many other reasons but they are individual ones. Most people hear about the effects of LSD and want to try them for fun.

How Long Does LSD Stay in Different Parts of the Body?

Some of the long term side effects are due to the lasting presence of the drug in the body. Most scientists agree that LSD can stay in certain parts of the body for a very long time. There are a lot of factors that affect how long LSD and any drug stays in the body. These factors are:

  • the amount of LSD you use,
  • your physical condition at the time,
  • how fast your metabolism is,
  • if you are male or female,
  • how tall you are, and
  • how much you weigh.

LSD is found in:

lsd urine

LSD can stay in one’s urine from 2-24 hours.

  • urine – between 2 to 24 hours depending on amount and type of use,
  • blood – from 0 to 3 hours depending on type of use and metabolism,
  • hair – up to 3 days depending on the length of hair,
  • cerebral spinal fluid – some scientist speculate that LSD is found in cerebral spinal fluid for years after use. Some say this is where the flashbacks that are sometimes experienced come from.

LSD is detectable in all of these places by most standard drug tests. It is rare that they will test cerebral spinal fluid because of how invasive and painful the procedure to check it is.

What are LSD’s Effects?

Many people who start taking LSD for fun but it does have some more serious side effects that you need to worry about before you consider trying it. The side effects fall into short and long term effects.

The short term psychological effects of LSD are:

  • euphoria,
  • hallucinations,
  • distortion of time,
  • distortion of senses,
  • impaired perceptions,
  • terror,
  • panic,
  • anxiety,
  • depression, and
  • fear of losing control.

The short term physical effects of LSD are:

  • high blood pressure,
  • rapid heart rate,
  • loss of appetite,
  • insomnia,
  • dry mouth,
  • tremors,
  • changes in body temperature, and
  • sweating.

Many people report these effects in varying degrees of intensity depending on the strength of the drug. Some of these are effects that a person feels only when experiencing what is known as a “bad trip.” This phenomena happens when someone who is in a highly suggestible state begins to be afraid. No one knows what causes a bad trip but many of the horror stories you hear about are because of it.

People who are on LSD usually only seriously hurt themselves when they completely lose touch with reality. They often engage in high risk behaviors such as unprotected sex or driving while taking LSD.

The long term effects of LSD are less documented than the short term ones. Like the short term effects the long term effects come in both mental and physical. Some of the physical long term effects are:

  • problems with vision,
  • headaches,
  • gastrointestinal upset, and
  • tremors.

The psychological long term effects of LSD are far more extensive. A few of these long term psychological effects are:

  • flashbacks,
  • permanent hallucinations,
  • irrational thought patterns,
  • inability to communicate or express oneself so others can understand,
  • overwhelming anxiety,
  • suicidal thoughts and tendencies,
  • psychosis,
  • depression,
  • mood swings,
  • lack of pleasure in previous activities,
  • lack of motivation, and
  • schizophrenia like symptoms.

Not all people experience the long term effects. Many people try LSD a few times in their life and stop on their own with little or no damage. The long term effects tend to be more prevalent in those who use LSD in high doses and very frequently.

If you are worried about how long the LSD you took stays in your system, it might be time to seek treatment. According to the National Library of Medicine, although LSD is not physically addictive, it is psychologically addictive. Many people are in the same position with this drug. If you think, you have a problem there is help available.

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