By Dillon Nelson, Hour 5

LSD: The Drug

LSD is a drug that was first thought to be a drug that could be used as a circulatory and respiratory stimulant in 1938, and later it was thought to heal Schizophrenia back in the 1940's and it first went on the market in 1947. While LSD is not considered an addicting drug it is the most used hallucinogen. LSD is an orally taken drug. The video below shows kinda of what its like to be under its affects.
Natural LSD Trip

LSD: Media Influences

LSD: Media

Media hasn't always spoken negatively about LSD because early in the drugs distribution little was known about it. However once the media found out the full affects of it they immediatly reported against it."... little by little I could begin to enjoy the unprecedented colors and plays of shapes that persisted behind my closed eyes. Kaleidoscopic, fantastic images surged in on me, alternating, variegated, opening and then closing themselves in circles and spirals, exploding in colored fountains, rearranging and hybridizing themselves in constant flux ..."Said Albert Hofmen creator of LSD when he first took the drug and because of this quote the media thought it was nothing bad and just generally made the user happy.

LSD: Statistics

LSD is the most used hallucinogen. Only about 9.7% of the population over the age of 12 has used and only about 200,000 new users each year. However in 2009, 779,000 Americans age 12 an older had taken LSD since the prior years survey. The age group that use LSD the most is the young adult's aging between 18-25 years of age. About 15.9% of all adults have used LSD at least once in their life. Thankfully most LSD users quit after one use because most have bad trips their first time.

LSD: The Advances

The advances in LSD on the availability of the drug has quickly escalated since it was first created especially in recent years as you can see in the 2009 survey above. What has been making the drug so much more readily available is that it is now harder to crack down on it. Now LSD comes in paper from which commonly resemble stamps are artwork making it harder to tell that these pieces of paper are actually a very strong drug.