LSD? You mean Life Spoiling Drug?

Type of Drug: Hallucinogen

Drug Information

Full Name: Lysergic Acid Diethylamide

Street Name: LSD, Acid, "Electric Kool-Aid"

Description: Colorless, Odorless, Tasteless


  • According to a survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2010, 1.2% of 8th graders, 1.9% of 10th graders, and 2.6% of 12th graders had abused LSD at least once in their life.
  • LSD usage is slowly dropping. The peak of its usage was in the 1960s, but since then, the statistics have been dropping. Ex.- First time users in 2002: 338,000. First time users in 2004: 235,000.
  • Ingesting just 0.000025 grams of LSD (less than the weight of two salt grains) is enough to feel the effects of the drug.

Effects on the Body

Short Term

  • Increased energy
  • Change of body temperature
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dilated pupils
  • Hallucinations (Distortion of one's sense of time and identity, impaired depth perception, time perception, artificial sense of euphoria)

Long Term

  • "Flashbacks" (recurrence oft he LSD trip after the direct drug effects wears off)
  • Damage to vision
  • Psychosis, such as anxiety, schitzophrenia or severe depression.
  • LSD is not physically addictive, but users build up a tolerance to it (needing larger doses to get the same effects)
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings

Social Consequences of Use

  • Behavioral changes, such as unusual violent actions and problems with relationships with others which did not exist before.
  • A lack of success in school, work, and other pursuits in life.
  • LSD is an illegal drug, and the penalties of selling/possession of the drug can range from a jail sentence of 1~15 years, or a fine from $1,000~$25,000. The penalties can be harsher or less harsh depending on the state or the level of the crime.