The Effects of LSD and Using
The effects of LSD are highly unpredictable. The world becomes incredibly bright and beautiful, you're totally at peace with yourself, everyone's out to get you, everything flows, you can't stop crying, music is wonderful, the walls are talking...
The drug affects different people in different ways, depending on how much they've taken and how they're feeling at the time. If there is any doubt in the user's mind about taking LSD, there's a real danger that this anxiety will be magnified on a trip. Likewise, if you're feeling happy and carefree when you try the drug you're likely to find the experience extremely pleasurable.
Physical changes due to LSD include a slightly raised temperature and heart rate and dilated pupils. A user may appear completely normal, though somewhat confused and giggly at times.
Emotional reactions, however, can vary greatly while tripping. Some say they become more aware of themselves and other people, describing a trip as an intensely religious or spiritual experience. Feelings of being separated from the body are also common as are visual effects such as bright colours, distorted shapes and sizes.
It's important to be aware that the same person may have a good and bad experience on different occasions and even within the same trip. The drug's strength can vary and it can be difficult to know exactly what dose is being taken.
Effects of LSD last up to 12 HOURS
The fact that once LSD is taken there is no going back until it wears off, which can be anything up to 12 hours or more, means that a bad trip can be extremely disturbing. And a bad trip is anything but predictable. If users become anxious they can usually be calmed down and reassured by others. A big hug often helps (euphemistically called "babysitting" by regular users). Those who advocate use of the drug say it should be taken in a safe environment among trusted friends.
One user, for example, described how it started to rain when he was on a bad trip and he was convinced he was going to drown. He became paranoid, suspecting everyone around him of being out to "get him".
Nothing can be done to shorten the trip or reduce its intensity once LSD has been taken.
Many users kick the habit over time. It's not considered an addictive drug as it doesn't produce the compulsive drug seeking behaviour of cocaine or heroin and is known to become less effective if taken several days in a row. However, some people have died through accidents while on a trip - believing they can fly, for example, or walking in front of vehicles because they're not aware of the danger.
The problems associated with its use are mainly psychological as the user learns to tolerate the drug. Severe anxiety can develop. Some users find themselves crying uncontrollably while others say they experience paranoia about being watched and talked about even while sitting alone in an empty room.
The drug can also aggravate underlying problems such as anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. Flashbacks may occur a few days or, more rarely, a few weeks and even months after the trip. These usually take the form of a sudden and intense reliving of certain aspects of the trip - normally the bad elements of it unfortunately. These flashbacks can produce a state of fear and panic which some users say lasts up to an hour or more though it may seem like an eternity.
Campaigners against the drug say that long term use of LSD can cause mental illness. Those who enjoy tripping says there is no real medical evidence to back this one up and its benefits far outweigh any risks.