LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a potent hallucinogen—that is, a drug that can alter a person’s perception of reality and vividly distort the senses. LSD was originally derived from “ergot,” a fungus that grows on rye and other grains.
The hallucinogenic effect of LSD was first discovered in 1943 by Dr. Albert Hofmann, a Swiss research chemist working at a pharmaceutical company. Early studies exploring potential use of the drug focused on what insight it might offer into certain kinds of mental illness. In the 1950s, intellectuals such as Aldous Huxley experimented with the drug for its alleged ability to induce a state of “cosmic consciousness.”
Brief list of FAQs
WHAT ARE THE OTHER NAMES FOR LSD?
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a hallucinogenic drug. Hallucinogens change the way people sense the world around them.
What are the other names for LSD?
Acid, sugar cubes, white lightning, dose, tripping, blotter
What does LSD DO?
Without any smell color or taste. LSD causes the senses of space, distance, and time to become altered. People say they “hear” colors or “see” sounds, and have strange feelings and strong emotions.
Many users refer to an “acid trip” — when the effects don’t let up and can last for up to 12 hours at a time. LSD also can cause “bad trips” — when users experience panic, confusion, sadness, and scary images. Bad reactions can occur with the first use and a user may have flashbacks later, experiencing the feelings of a bad trip even after the drug wears off.
Because LSD also affects judgment and behavior, users might find themselves in a dangerous situation.
Physical changes include increased heart rate and blood pressure, muscle twitches and shaking, dilated pupils, sweating, sleeplessness, and loss of appetite.
How is it used?
It can be painted onto small squares of paper that people lick or swallow