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What is LSD Addiction?
LSD is the common name for a synthetic chemical called D-lysergic acid diethylamide. It is derived from a fungus that grows on grains. LSD is usually sold in the form of a colorless liquid. Drops of the liquid are commonly put onto blotter paper which is placed on the tongue, where the LSD liquid can be absorbed and swallowed.
Effects of LSD Use
LSD is categorized as a hallucinogenic drug, and it is also called a psychedelic drug. This class of drugs generally alters the sensory and mental perceptions of the user, although the effects of a particular drug vary widely from individual to individual and from use to use.
Common short-term effects of LSD include:
- Changes in sensory perception, and sometimes sensory enhancement
- Changes in the perception of time
- Synesthesia (a condition in which stimuli are perceived by more than one sense, e.g. “hearing” colors)
- Hallucinations (seeing imagined objects, or seeing real objects behaving in imagined ways)
- Excited or euphoric mood
- Feelings of deep insight or understanding
The mind-altering effects of LSD have been studied for possible therapeutic uses, but the drug has been made illegal by the United States’ Controlled Substances Act. No legitimate medical use of LSD is officially recognized.
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