Club Drugs Part 5: LSD
Growing up I remember being told not to lick the stamp or envelopes when mailing something because it could be laced with Acid. At the time I had no idea what mom was talking about but when I got older I understood she was talking about LSD. LSD use goes as far back as the 1940s and 50s. It was really popular in the 1960s and 1970s.
LSD is short for D-lysergic acid diethylamide and is a hallucinogen. A hallucinogen is a drug that causes hallucinations. Users see images, hear sounds and feel sensations that seem very real but do not exist. Some hallucinogens can alter mood and cause changes that aren’t expected or wanted. LSD is also considered a club drug because LSD can be found at dance clubs, raves and other places young people gather.
LSD is sold on the street in small tablets (“microdots”), capsules or gelatin squares (“window panes”). It is sometimes added to absorbent paper, which is then divided into small squares decorated with designs or cartoon characters (“loony toons”).
LSD also can be known as:
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Effects can begin anywhere from 30-90 minutes after ingestion. The effects of LSD are unpredictable. They depend on the amount taken, the person’s mood and personality, and the surroundings in which the drug is used. It is a roll of the dice—a racing, distorted high or a severe, paranoid low.
“At the age of 16 I was introduced to a drug that I abused for over three years—LSD. What I was unaware of was the fact that LSD is the most potent hallucinogen known to man.
“The drug came on a small piece of paper no bigger than my index finger, called a blotter. Fifteen minutes after putting the paper on my tongue my entire body got hot and I began to sweat.
“Some other reactions that I experienced while on the drug included dilated pupils, nausea and ‘goose bumps.’ While high on LSD I felt like there was a huge distortion both in my mind and body. The visual changes as well as the extreme changes in mood were like some strange scary trip—one in which I felt like I had no control over my mind and body.” —Edith
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