While all drugs are dangerous, and it is harmful to consume them, LSD abuse is relatively safer than others due to its distinctive signs. Though LSD is harmful and causes hallucinations, it is easier to recognize the signs of usage and monitor that person. In cases where the user is completely alone, it could be a dangerous situation.
LSD affects the serotonin system of the brain. Serotonin is a primary neurotransmitter. The use of acid alters the central nervous system and can affect the user physically in various ways.
Almost within an hour of consuming this drug, a person’s perceptions and sense of reality begin to change. The user who is a novice to the experience may become emotionally unstable and scared. LSD is known to expand people’s consciousness and transcends the normal boundaries of existence as known.
Altered Perceptions Experienced Could Include the Following
- Distortion of time, space, shape, color, speed.
- Hallucinations which may cause the user to commit erratic behavior where situations like injury or death may occur. For example, LSD user may hallucinate walking somewhere safe but in reality, they may be walking on the edge of a roof.
- Hearing colors or seeing music.
- Feeling of transcendence from one’s own body.
A person going through an LSD experience may have insights into their lives, feel spiritual or feel an effort to understand life better. These experiences may drive the person to repeat that which is how they can become addicts.
The Physical Symptoms of LSD Abuse
- Dilated pupils
- Extremely mouth
- Dizziness, rapid heart rate, disorientation, paranoia
- Sweating or chills
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Impaired coordination
- Incoherent speech
- Blurred vision
- Inability to perform a given task
- Anxiety and emotional distress
- Tingling fingers or toes.
An LSD experience or ‘trip’ may last up to 12 hours. That person may feel an increase in body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. There is a high chance the person will not feel tired and may not want to eat. Their complete perception about reality and their surroundings changes, hence the signs and symptoms of LSD consumption cannot be concealed. Mostly because the person under the influence of the drug does not feel concerned to conceal their behavior or actions.
Long-term Effects of Prolonged LSD Abuse
LSD should not be used regularly for a prolonged period as it can critically deteriorate the user’s central nervous system. The addicts can develop withdrawal from people, loved ones and social situations leading to depression. The serotonin systems of their brains are severely affected that causes problems in emotional functioning and stability over time. The continued abuse of this substance can cause a user to experience a disruption in sleep patterns leading to extreme anxiety or severe depression.
Other Long-term Effects
- Flashbacks- Addicts to LSD may suffer from flashbacks which are an extreme hallucination that may occur years later than the last time the person took the drug.
- Mood disorders- Prolonged usage of the drug causes rapid, unpredictable mood swings and often bipolar disorders in users.
- Delusions- Addicts loose grip over reality after a prolonged LSD abuse and believe things that are not real.
Memory- besides general coordination and cognitive problems and a constant state of confusion addicts can face memory loss.