Lysergic Acid Diethylamide

What is it? (History of Drug)

Albert Hofmann, a chemist working for Sandoz Pharmaceutical, synthesized1 LSD for the first time in 1938, in Basel, Switzerland, while looking for a blood stimulant. However, its hallucinogenic effects were unknown until 1943 when Hofmann accidentally consumed some LSD.

How is the drug used?

LSD is usually taken by ingesting small tabs of paper (frequently placed under the tongue) which have been soaked in the liquid form of the drug then dried. In rare cases it is taken in a liquid, gelatin, or tablet form.

List at least 3 street names of the drug.

Purple Heart

Golden Dragon


Short Term Effects (List 3)

Increased heart rate

Heart failure


Long Term Effects (List 3)

Flashbacks may be set off by using other drugs or by physical exercise

Possible severe mental disturbances

Flashbacks may be pleasant or a living nightmare

List 4 Important Facts/ Statistics about the drug

  • LSD is a psychoactive hallucinogenic drug

  • It comes in a variety of forms, but is most commonly sold in the form of blotter papers, which are small paper squares that have been dipped in LSD.

  • SD is sold under more than 80 street names

  • The drug also can be found in several others forms--including a powder or crystal, liquid, gelatin squares, laced on a sugar cube and capsules, or as a small pill (not common).