What is LSD?
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a powerful psychoactive drug that alters the user’s perceptions, thoughts, and feelings. It is a synthetic compound that Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann first synthesized in 1938, and later popularized as a recreational drug in the 1960s.
LSD is classified as a hallucinogen, which can cause users to experience profound changes in sensory perception, including visual, auditory, and tactile hallucinations. It is typically taken orally as a small paper square or tab (known as a “hit”) or dissolved in liquid.
The effects of LSD can vary widely depending on the individual, the dose, and the setting in which it is consumed. Users may experience a range of sensations, from euphoria and heightened sensory awareness to confusion, anxiety, and paranoia. LSD can also cause time and space distortion, making it difficult to discern the passage of time or distinguish between reality and fantasy.
While LSD is not considered addictive in the traditional sense, it can be psychologically addictive for some users.
Additionally, the use of LSD can be dangerous, particularly if it is consumed in high doses or an unsafe environment. LSD can cause severe anxiety or panic attacks and an increased risk of accidents or injury due to impaired judgment and perception.