Is LSD Addicting & Other Common Questions Answered

Is LSD Addicting & Other Common Questions Answered

LSD Effects 101

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two hits of acid via Wikimedia Commons

LSD – the perennial drug that’s almost universally touted as a shortcut to enlightenment. Despite its rise to fame in the 1960’s as a way to achieve spiritual growth, there’s still a lot of misunderstanding about this chemical.

What are common acid effects? What are some less common acid side effects? Is LSD addiction real or just an after school special meant to keep teenagers from trying it?

Those are the questions that we at Lighthouse Recovery Institute are going to answer today. There’s a lack of high quality information about acid out there. This drug in particular seems to inspire nothing but myths and misbelief.

Not anymore! Read on to learn the truth about common effects of LSD.

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Strange Acid Side Effects

The first stage of an acid trip is known as the come up. This begins anywhere from minutes to about an hour after taking the drug, depending on what an individual has eaten that day.

During the come up phase, users will feel euphoria, excitement, and, in many cases, anxiety. This anxiety is a common side effect of taking LSD and isn’t cause for alarm.

Physically speaking, an individual’s pupils will dilate, their body temperature will rise, their heart rate and blood pressure will increase, and they may experience nausea during this part of an acid trip. Again, these are all common acid effects and aren’t cause for concern.

After the come up, users will experience the “full trip.” This is the phase that’s most associated with acid. Think visual and auditory hallucinations, an extremely altered sense of perception, feelings of enlightenment, peace, and a loss of ego.

This phase lasts for between three and twelve hours. It largely depends on the individual and the dose of LSD they’ve taken.

Following a trip, many users report experiencing flashbacks. This is when they spontaneously begin to experience LSD effects without taking the drug.

While flashbacks are widely reported, there’s a lack of scientific information available about why they occur. Contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with traces of acid being stored in spinal fluid. Scientists believe flashbacks may be related to how LSD impacts serotonin in the brain, though this is currently a theory and nothing more.

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Find a breakdown of common acid side effects below:

  • Dilated pupils

  • Increased body temperature

  • Increased heart rate

  • Increased blood pressure

  • Anxiety

  • Nausea

  • Insomnia

  • Visual and auditory hallucinations

  • Euphoria

  • Distortion in perception of time

  • Ego loss

  • Insomnia

  • Flashbacks

    Having explored some common acid side effects, let’s turn our attention to the age-old question – is LSD addiction real?

    LSD Addiction

    Is LSD addiction real or an example of overzealous drug education? Well, this question ultimately depends on how addiction is defined.

    LSD addiction isn’t real in the classical sense of addiction. That is, acid doesn’t produce a physical dependence. Extended use of the drug doesn’t bring with it physical withdrawal symptoms.

    LSD addiction is real, however, when viewed as a mental addiction. An individual can absolutely become dependent upon the way acid makes them feel. After all, it produces a strong euphoria and that’s certainly addicting.

    Still, LSD addiction is relatively uncommon thanks to the overwhelming effects of acid mentioned above. While it produces euphoria and makes users feel good, it’s simply not practical to take LSD on a regular basis.

    The time an acid trip requires, eight to twelve hours, is too long to lend itself to addiction. Not to mention, the level of mental, emotional, and even physical detachment don’t make LSD a prime candidate for addiction.

    Still, LSD addiction can and does occur. If you think a loved one may be addicted to acid – reach out for professional help today. Don’t struggle alone! Recovery is possible for anyone, whether they’re abusing acid, alcohol, or heroin. That’s the good news!

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