Factsheet – LSD

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Information about LSD

Other names: Acid, Blotter, Cheer, Dots, Drop, Flash, Hawk, L, Lighthing Flash, Liquid Acid, Lucy, Micro dot, Paper Mushrooms, Rainbows, Smilies, Stars, Tab, Trips, Tripper, Window

What is LSD? LSD stands for its chemical name (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide), and is commonly known as ‘acid’. It is a powerful hallucinogenic – this means that users are likely to experience a distorted view of objects and reality, including seeing and sometimes hearing things that aren’t there. LSD trips can be good or bad, but until you take it you don’t know how it will affect you – once it’s started you can’t stop it.

Some of the main effects and risks of taking LSD is:

  • Time and movement can appear to speed up or slow down.
  • Colour, sound and objects can get distorted and you can experience double vision.

These distortions of your senses can be quite unpredictable, sometimes pleasant, but sometimes very frightening (these are called ‘bad trips’).

What does acid look like?

As a street drug, LSD is usually sold as tiny squares of paper with pictures on them. These are most commonly called “tabs” or “blotters”. It can also be found as a liquid or as tiny pellets.

How does on take it?

Tabs are swallowed. Drops of liquid acid can also be dripped onto food (like a sugar cube), and then eaten. Acid can take from 20 minutes to up to two hours to take effect – so some people think it hasn’t worked, take more and then find it’s too much to handle.

Until you take a tab of acid you can’t tell how strong it is or how it’s going to affect you. The nature of your trip can be affected by who you are, how you’re feeling and how comfortable you are with the people you’re with.

What does acid do to you?

A good trip can make users feel relaxed and happy, with pleasant hallucinations. A bad trip can make you feel agitated and confused, with unpleasant and scary hallucinations.

It can also have other effects:

  • A trip can appear to involve a speeding up and slowing down of time and movements, while colour, sound and objects can get distorted. Users experience hallucinations.
  • LSD can also make you feel tired, anxious, panicky and depressed.
  • LSD can cause unpleasant, frightening or scary hallucinations and distortions of your senses – and these effects can be quite unpredictable.
  • Trips can feed off your imagination and may heighten a mood you’re already in. So if you’re in a bad mood, feeling worried or depressed, LSD may just make these feelings worse.

Taking LSD does involve risks, here’s what it could do to you:

  • If you panic or don’t feel safe and comfortable with the people you’re with and where you’re taking LSD, the trip can be confusing and sometimes very scary. Good trips can be pleasant and amusing, but bad trips can be terrifying.
  • Flashbacks sometimes happen. This is when part of your trip is re-lived after the original experience. Flashbacks usually occur within weeks of taking LSD, but can be experienced months or occasionally even years later.
  • People have been known to harm themselves during a bad trip. So people in a bad mood, feeling depressed or worried should avoid taking acid.
  • LSD could have serious, longer-term implications for somebody who has a history of mental health problems. It may also be responsible for setting off a mental health problem that had previously gone unnoticed.
  • There’s no evidence to suggest LSD does any long-term damage to the body or directly causes long-term psychological damage.

Is acid ever cut?
It’s rare for LSD to be impure.

Can you get addicted to LSD?
There is no evidence that LSD is addictive, but you can become tolerant to its effects. This means you need to take more of it to get the same effect as before.

LSD and the law:

  • LSD is a Class A drug, so it’s illegal to have, give away or sell.
  • Possession is illegal and can get you up to seven years in jail and/or an unlimited fine.
  • Supplying someone else (even giving some to your friends) can get you up to life imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

What if you’re caught?

If the Police catch you with LSD, they’ll always take some action. This could include a formal caution, arrest and prosecution. A conviction for a drug-related offence could have serious impact on your future.

Did you know?

  • Like drinking and driving, driving when high is illegal – and you can still be unfit to drive the day after using LSD. You can get a heavy fine, be disqualified from driving or even go to prison.
  • Allowing other people to use LSD in your house or any other premises is illegal. If the police catch someone using LSD, they can prosecute the landlord, club owner or person holding the party.