EFFECTS OF THE USE OF LSD:
LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) a.k.a “acid” is an illegal hallucinogenic drug, which is widely used throughout the world. It is mainly used for the “trips” or potent hallucinations that it causes. Researchers aren’t entirely sure what the exact effects of LSD are on the brain, or how it manages to induce the hallucinogenic effects that it does, but we will learn more about those that are more obvious. Nevertheless, it is believed that it works similarly to serotonin, a chemical in the brain that regulates sensory perception – among other things (Freeman, 2013). The effects of consuming LSD are unpredictable, but there are three main consequences worth mentioning: hearing sounds and seeing colors, psychosis, and persisting perception disorder (NIDA, 2012).
The average dose of LSD is 0.25 micrograms (per 2.2 pounds approximately 1kg of body weight) and its effects are usually felt within 30-90 minutes of initial ingestion. Common users of this type of drug usually refer to the effects of it as “trips” and adverse bad experiences as “bad trips”. It is unpredictable when a person might have a bad trip or just a trip – because the hallucinations that they will have are also unknown (NIDA, 2012).
Usually, the first thing that happen when under the influence of LSD after 20 minutes are nausea, dilation of the pupils, sweating, dry mouth, tremors, and a considerable rise in body temperature. However, these effects are not exclusive to LSD as many other hallucinogens also cause them (Guide, 2013).
After the “coming up” phase is done, the user moves on to the “peak” of the experience. This phase lasts from two to five hours. The user will know he is in the “peak” phase because he will experience rich visual hallucinations, where surfaces ripple and may also shimmer, and music and general sounds will sound richer and louder. At the same time, the user will feel blissful, feel him...
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