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How Does LSD Addiction Progress?
The effects of LSD are often pleasant for the user, but sometimes the drug can produce a “bad trip” that can cause significant distress. The effects of the drug are also less predictable than those of many other drugs; a bad trip can happen even after a user’s previous positive experiences with the drug.
Other short-term negative effects of LSD use can include:
- High blood pressure and rapid heart rate
- Panic or anxiety
- Psychosis (thought processes that are disconnected from reality)
The mind-altering effects of LSD also impair the user’s judgment, sometimes leading to risky behavior. The user may, for example, enter into physically dangerous situations or engage in risky sexual behavior.
Rare but serious long-term effects of LSD include two conditions sometimes experienced by long-time users (although even first-time users can be affected in rare cases):
- Persistent psychosis. This condition is characterized by changes in mood, dysfunctional thought processes, and sensory problems that continue even after use of the drug is discontinued.
- Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPDD). In this disorder, the patient experiences characteristics of the LSD experience–hallucinations, unusual sensory phenomena, etc.–as long as a year or more after using the drug.
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