Lysergic Acid Diethylamide

What is it?

LSD is manufactured from the lysergic acid found in the ergot fungus that grows on rye and other grains. It is odorless and colorless and is manufactured in a liquid form. It is the most potent hallucinogen known to man. The hallucinations caused by it are referred to as “trips”, usually lasting 12 hours.

How is it taken?

It is sold in tablets, capsules or gelatin squares, or absorbed into paper that dissolves on the tongue. All are ingested.

Street/Slang Names

  • Acid
  • Boomers
  • California sunshine
  • Dots
  • Golden dragon
  • Heavenly blue
  • Hippie
  • Loony toons
  • Purple heart
  • Superman
  • Window pane
  • Yellow sunshine

Effects on the Body

Short term effects
  • Delusions
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Fear of losing control
  • Severe terrifying thoughts and feelings
  • Impaired depth deception
  • Impaired time perception
  • Distorted perception of colors, shapes, size, movement
  • Distortion of identity

Long term effects

  • Severe depression or psychosis
  • Flashbacks to the ”trip” from the time one took the LSD
  • Panic attacks

Signs of Abuse

  • Dilated pupils
  • Higher or lower body temperature
  • Sweating or chills
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeplessness
  • Dry mouth
  • Tremors

LSD is a psychological addiction. It does not produce drug seeking behavior but users abuse it to alter their mind.