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LSD

Hallucinogen

LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a semi-synthetic hallucinogen that was first synthesised from lysergic acid. Lysergic acid is found in ergot, a fungus which grows on grains such as rye. There are no medical uses for LSD. The amount of LSD required for an effect is very small, so for ease of use and to prevent overdosing the drug is usually impregnated into blotting paper, sugar cubes or gelatine squares.

As it is one of the most potent drugs, users may experience both enjoyable and unpleasant effects, commonly referred to as “trips”. Visual hallucinations are common and the senses get confused with users “hearing colours” and “seeing sounds”.

Eating

Eating

LSD is usually taken by mouth having been impregnated into blotting paper, sugar cubes or gelatine squares.

  • Increase in body temperature
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Dilatation of the pupils
  • Tachycardia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeplessness
  • Dry mouth
  • Flushing
  • Tremors
  • Can become fixated on the intensity of certain colours
  • Flashbacks
  • Acute anxiety
  • Feeling of impending doom
  • Paranoia
  • Violent hostility
  • Development of long term psychoses
  • Severe depression
LSD tabs

Structure

Molecular structure of LSD

Street Names

tabs, blotter, lucy, micro dots, acid

Legal Status

Class A Substance

Possession of the drug can lead to up to seven years in jail, an unlimited fine or both. Supplying the drug can lead to up to life imprisonment, an unlimited fine or both.

For more information about drug classifications and the associated penalties visit the Home Office website.