LSD (aka “acid,” “lucy“) is a psychedelic drug. You can use it for spiritual reasons or as a recreational drug. Nowadays, it has quite a bad reputation. That’s mostly because of its heavy use as a hallucinogenic drug in the 1960’s.
Albert Hoffman, a Swiss scientist, accidentally discovered those hallucinogenic effects in 1938. Hoffman was synthesizing LSD in his laboratory in Switzerland when a seemingly insignificant amount of the liquid came in contact with his skin. At the time, he was aiming to create a drug that would aid uterine contractions during childbirth. Instead, Hoffman experiences the world’s very first psychedelic “trip”.
Hoffman wanted to analyze the toxicity and tolerance properties of LSD. Thus began the animal trials. Shortly after that came the human trials.
LSD (aka Lucy) through the years
In the 1950’s, the CIA grew interested in using LSD as a type of truth serum. They conducted experiments on hundreds of people. The subjects had no idea they were guinea pigs in an experiment. The experiments were finally shut down in the mid-1970’s, due to variable results in the research.
The counterculture misused LSD during the 60’s, which ultimately led to its prohibition.
In the 70’s, the use of LSD dropped, but it grew popular again in the 80’s. Many research institutions began funding studies on the drug and its effects on the brain.
Currently, the statistics of LSD usage are not so informative. That’s because all hallucinogenic drugs are bundled together into a single category. Here is what we do know:
- Since 2003, the number of 12-year-olds using LSD increased, until 2010.
- Since 2010, LSD was used mostly by people in their early 30’s.
Effects of LSD
When you inject LSD into your body, it increases your serotonin level quite drastically. The drug’s involvement in the prefrontal cortex is where the benefits of using LSD come from. That’s because the prefrontal cortex is where we plan behavior. Furthermore, it’s where we make decisions.
As for the physiological effects, they are variable. However, the most common effects include:
- Loss of appetite
- Pupil dilation.
There are three types of psychological effects LSD can cause:
The positive and neutral effects are dominant when the dosage is moderate. But as the dosage increases, so do the negative effects.
Positive effects include a general state of euphoria, spiritual understanding, open-eye visuals, closed-eye visuals, etc.
Neutral effects include lack of focus, losing track of time, unusual thoughts, unusual speech, etc.
Negative effects include high anxiety levels, flashbacks, paranoia, overwhelming fear of death, etc.
Increased sensory perception is one of the most common effects of LSD. That could mean you will have an enhanced sense of smell, taste, an enhanced understanding of music, etc. Also, you may experience synesthesia-merging of senses. For example, you may feel like you can “taste’’ or “feel” a color.
LSD is a non-addictive drug. Still, there are a few things you should consider before taking the drug:
- You shouldn’t mix LSD with any type of other drugs.
- Even a moderate dose of LSD will produce a tolerance.
- You shouldn’t take LSD if you have a history of mental illness.