LSD

Predecessor to HPPD

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What is LSD?

  • acids
  • doses
  • sugar cubes
  • tabs
  • trips
Theses are all common street names for the drug LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide. LSD is a hallucinogen which is commonly associated with severe and wild trips and long lasting highs.

How Does LSD Change Your Body?

It's no secret that this hallucinogen can have powerful effects on the internal workings of your body and cause severe if not devastating mental panic. Initially, the drug takes between thirty to ninety minutes to begin to take effect. One initiated, the drug trip may last up to twelve hours and the potency of the hallucinations may depend heavily on the emotions and feelings of the user before taking LSD. The false experienced caused may involve both the audio and visual sensory parts of the brain and will seem incredibly realistic. These audiovisual hallucinations will alter the perceptions of time and reality, often causing "bad trips". These experiences include feelings of panic, despair, confusion, insanity, and more often than many expect will result in death.
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Physical Effects of LSD

  • Dilated Pupils
  • High Body Temperature
  • High Heart Rate
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Profuse Sweating
  • Dry Mouth
  • Tremors
  • Sleeplessness
  • Loss of Appetite
Any of these harsh symptoms may be a sign that someone you know has taken LSD or recently been on a drug-induced hallucination. However, many may be confused by symptoms listed, for example, tremors are not normally talked about and therefore a foreign word to many. This are simply a stress-induced repetitive action brought on by a trip such as incessant tapping, movement, or shaking. These many be accompanied in rare cases by convulsions or comas.
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Hallucination-Induced Persisting Perceptual Disorder (HPPD)

Perhaps the most interesting yet baffling facts about this hallucinogen is the lasting HPPD which it is a leading cause of. This ailment may cause random flashbacks of a particularly bad or stressful drug trip and in turn result in emotional scarring or feelings of depression and anxiety. This flashback can occur as late as one year after the trip and possibly longer depending on the lasting damage the experience has per individual. In fact, many cases of HPPD are documented after the user has ceased to use LSD and experience drug trips often, it plagues many fr the rest of their lives. Truly LSD is a hallucinogen which has no mercy on those unfortunate enough to cross its' path.

Bibliography

"LSD." LSD. Trubull, 2003. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.