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LSD is manufactured from lysergic acid which is found in ergot, a fungus that grows on rye and other grains. LSD was discovered in 1938 and is one of the most potent mood-changing chemicals. It is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. LSD is sold on the street in tablets, capsules, and occasionally in liquid from. It is usually taken by mouth, but sometimes injected. Often it is added to absorbent paper, such as blotter paper, and divided into small decorated squares, with each square representing one dose. The average effective oral dose is from 30 to 50 micrograms, but the amount per dosage unit varies greatly. The effects of higher doses persist for 10 to 12 hours. Tolerance develops rapidly.

They can come in the form of tablets, capsules, little pills, very small square pieces of blotting paper with pictures on them. the pictures change all the time, whatever new phase is out, they produce the LSD. tablets with pictures on the tablet to make them more appealing to young people. example, acid tablets can come with pictures of batman, e.t., superman, strawberries, pyramids, too many to name. the producers of LSD. can be very creative in this area.

Common street names:
acid, trips, tabs, blotters, microdots, stars, white lightning, purple mike, blue mike, windows, superman, strawberries.

How are they taken:
Usually swallowed. can take between 20 and 60 minutes to take effect. this is called having a trip. It can last up to anything from 4 to 12 hours, depending on how many have been taken.

Effects depend on the mood of the user it causes powerful distortion to vision and hearing, hallucinations and lack of concentration. Strengths vary and it is impossible to know how strong a dose has been taken. People's sense of time, place, sound and colour can be mixed up. some people experience what is called a bad trip. This can include feelings of paranoia, anxiety, fear, and people can forget that it is the drug causing these effects, but they think they are going mad. If people are feeling low or depressed, they are more likely to have a bad trip, people with mental health problems and are unstable can really flip out on l.s.d.


The risks:
Unpredictable behaviour, flash backs, recurrence of trips, even though l.s.d. might not have been taken for some time. can cause dizziness. people can act dangerously, causing damage or death. acute anxiety or mental disorders may occur. the brain is affected by the tiniest amount of l.s.d. so users are never sure how much they are getting. the brain function can be permanently affected and this can trigger off long-term mental illness. l.s.d. is illegal to have, give away or sell. it is in the same class of drug as heroin and cocaine (class a).

Physical risks associated with using hallucinogens:
increased heart rate and blood pressure sleeplessness and tremors lack of muscular coordination sparse, mangled, and incoherent speech
decreased awareness of touch and pain that can result in self-inflicted injuries convulsions coma; heart and lung failure
Psychological risks associated with using hallucinogens:
a sense of distance and estrangement depression, anxiety, and paranoia violent behavior confusion, suspicion, and loss of control
flashbacks behavior similar to schizophrenic psychosis catatonic syndrome whereby the user becomes mute, lethargic, disoriented, and makes meaningless repetitive movements

Having a bad psychological reaction to LSD and similar drugs is common. The scary sensation may last a few minutes or several hours, and be mildly frightening or terrifying. The user may experience panic, confusion, suspiciousness, anxiety, feeling of helplessness, and loss of control. Sometimes taking a hallucinogen such as LSD can unmask mental or emotional problems that were previously unknown to the user.
Flashbacks, in which the person experience a drug's effects without having to take the drug again, can occur.

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