Lsd Treatment Clinics In the United States
LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) is a semi synthetic psychedelic drug, and gives unusual psychedelic effects. For example, it will create visual effects of colors and crawling geometric patterns. Today LSD is mainly used as a recreational drug, and is classified as a hallucinogen of the psychedelic type.
LSD was first discovered and made by a Swiss scientist named Albert Hoffman in 1938. The drug was made from grain fungus that was typically grown on rye bread. LSD was then later introduced by Sandoz Laboratories for psychiatric use with psychiatric patients. For many years, LSD was used for therapeutic purposes; however, the abuse of the drug became rampant within western society, and LSD was soon banned in many countries.
Physical and Psychological Effects
Typically, LSD is used orally, and taken on absorbent blotter paper, sugar cubes, or some form of gelatin. The physical reactions do vary from person to person depending on the amount used and frequency of it. The following physical symptoms have been recorded:
- Uterine contractions
- Elevated blood sugar
- Increased heart rate
- Jaw clenching
- Pupil dilation
- Psychologically, the drug creates what are called LSD trips. These also vary from person to person, depending on the individuals’ mental history, the amount used, and emotional state at time of use, and frequency of use. Long-term use of the drug will cause extensive psycho emotional effects, while changing their personality and life perspective.
Psychological effects include:
- Seeing radiant colors
- Objects and surfaces appearing to ripple
- Patterns behind the eyes
- Time distorting
- Crawling geometric patterns
- Loss of identity
- Risks of LSD Use
LSD, like any drug will impair the person’s abilities to make sensible decisions and judgment. The drug will have strong adverse reactions with those individuals who are taking antidepressants or other forms of psychiatric medication. It will also cause severe psychological flashbacks, which could potentially last for long periods of time. It has as well been known to cause psychosis in healthy individuals.
Works cited – Wikipedia, 30 May, 2009, 31 May, 2009 < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LSD#Production>