LSD - INFORMATION AND HARM REDUCTION
What is LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide)?
LSD, also known as “acid”, is a powerful psychoactive substance with a complex history. Its origins can be traced back to 1938 when it was first synthesized by scientist Albert Hofmann at the pharmaceutical company Sandoz in Switzerland. It is currently encountered on the black market in the form of blotter (paper), gel tabs, and liquid, which can be applied to various carriers.
Description and History of LSD
LSD was originally not intended for recreational use but for potential medical applications. However, in 1943, Hofmann accidentally experienced the effects of LSD, leading to its investigation as a psychoactive substance. In the 1950s and 1960s, it became a popular recreational drug and part of the counterculture movement. In 1965, LSD was classified as a controlled substance in the United States due to safety concerns and misuse.
VIDEO: Do's and don'ts of using LSD (turn on subtitles)
How Does LSD Work?The mechanism of action of LSD is complex and involves interactions with the brain’s neurotransmitter system. LSD primarily acts as an agonist of serotonin receptors, activating them and affecting the transmission of nerve signals. This leads to significant changes in perception, thinking, and emotions. Some of these changes may include visual and auditory hallucinations and a sense of unity with the surroundings.
LSD: Effects1. Hallucinations: LSD is known for its ability to induce intense hallucinations, both visual and auditory.
LSD: Duration of Effects
- Onset of Effects: LSD effects typically start around 30-60 minutes after ingestion.
- Peak Effects: The peak of LSD’s effects usually occurs approximately 4-6 hours after ingestion.
- Duration of Effects: The total duration of LSD effects typically ranges from 10 to 14 hours.
- Fading of Effects: LSD effects may gradually fade, and the feeling of “returning to reality” can last up to 24 hours.
- Low Dose (25-75 µg): May lead to subtle changes in mood and perception.
- Moderate Dose (75-150 µg): This is the range where more pronounced visual effects and perceptual changes may occur.
- High Dose (150+ µg): High doses can induce intense hallucinations and profound alterations of consciousness but come with the risk of anxiety and disorientation.
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Harm Reduction: LSD
Do not use LSD, especially if:
- You have a history of mental illness or a family history of mental disorders.
- You are in an unstable emotional or mental state.
- You are in an uncontrolled or unfamiliar environment.
- You have a history of bad drug experiences or hallucinations.
Here are some basic harm reduction tips for using LSD:
- Always have trusted friends nearby who can assist you if needed.
- Establish a suitable environment that is quiet, safe, and comfortable.
- Maintain proper hydration but avoid excessive drinking.
- Do not mix LSD with other psychoactive substances.
- Remember that the effects of LSD can last for many hours, so keep this in mind in your planning.
- Always test LSD for purity using a reliable drug testing kit like PRO Test. Learn how to test LSD by checking out the article https://protestkit.eu/how-to-test-lsd/.
Mixing: LSDIt’s best not to mix any psychoactive substances, but if you find yourself in a situation where you have combined LSD with other substances, it’s essential to be aware of potential risks. Here is a list of the main risks associated with mixing LSD with popular psychoactive substances:
- LSD and Alcohol: It can lead to disorientation and an increased risk of alcohol abuse.
- LSD and Benzodiazepines: The combination can reduce the intensity of LSD effects but may also lead to significantly greater risk of uncontrolled behavior.
- LSD and DMT: It may lead to intensified psychedelic experiences and disorientation.
- LSD and GBL: Increased risk of disorientation and potential health issues.
- LSD and GHB: The combination can lead to an increased risk of disorientation and potential health problems.
- LSD and Psilocybin Mushrooms: It can amplify psychedelic effects and disorientation.
- LSD and Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI): It can reduce the intensity of LSD effects and lead to less predictable outcomes.
- LSD and Ketamine: The combination can lead to intensified dissociative experiences and disorientation.
- LSD and Caffeine: It may enhance stimulating effects and potentially increase alertness.
- LSD and Cocaine: Increased risk to the cardiovascular system and potential danger.
- LSD and MDMA: It can lead to intensified psychedelic effects.
- LSD and MAO inhibitors (MAOi): It can reduce the intensity of LSD effects and lead to less predictable outcomes.
- LSD and Methamphetamine: The combination can overly stimulate the cardiovascular system.
- LSD and NBOMe: It may intensify effects and increase the risk of adverse reactions.
- LSD and Opioids: Increased risk of respiratory depression and overdose.
- LSD and Nitrous Oxide: It may intensify dissociative effects and disorientation.
- LSD and THC: It can intensify psychedelic experiences and increase the risk of anxiety and paranoia.
- LSD and Tramadol: Potential risk of serotonin syndrome and other adverse effects.
Is LSD Legal?LSD is classified as a controlled substance in many countries, including Poland and the United States. In most jurisdictions, it is illegal to produce, possess, or distribute LSD for non-medical purposes.
The information presented on this page is not intended to promote drug use. Many of the substances mentioned are illegal according to national and international law, and possessing these substances is punishable by law. Never assume that a substance is safe. The concentration, purity, and additives can vary greatly, even if the samples come from the same source or look similar. Chemical Safety sp. z o.o. strongly discourages the use of any psychoactive substances – legal or illegal. Using psychoactive substances always carries health risks that can be avoided.