Lysergic acid diethylamide
LSD, commonly known as acid, is a synthetic psychedelic mood enhancing party drug,notorious for its psychological effects such as open and closed eye visuals. It comes from two Greek roots: the word psyche, which means “mind” or “soul”, and deloun, which means “to make manifest” or “to reveal”. Neither toxic nor physically addictive, acid comes from Woodrose, Morning Glory and/or the fungi found on rye and wheat.
Synthesized by Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman, the drug was first experienced by accident on Hoffman’s famous psychedelic bike ride home on that fateful April afternoon on April 19th 1943, just a day before 420. People say once you do LSD your perspective is changed forever, as it is described as a profound, life changing experience. William Blake once said “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.”
LSD was widely made popular after Timothy Leary’s encouragement in the big acid wave of the free loving hippies of 60’s. Acid is also known to be the muse of inspiration to numerous great minds, and musical artists like Jimmy Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Jim Morrison, the Beatles, and outstanding visual artists like Salvador Dali and Alex Grey.
LSD is now made popular again by some members of the dance community. Unlike other drugs, LSD has been widely known to be much more than just a party drug. It is used also for provoking self exploration and its spiritual and shamanic qualities – LSD is as a tool to activate our minds bodies and souls.
Effects are felt with as little as 25 micrograms and there are no known documented deaths or overdoses reported from LSD use. You can feel the effects with just one hit, so there’s no need to do 50! LSD starts to take affect anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours after ingestion, lasting up to 14 hours.
LSD is a liquid substance so it is most commonly taken orally through little papers called blotter sheets that have acid sprayed or soaked directly onto them. These papers can come with a variety of art, popularly known as blotter art. It is also common for LSD to be found in the form of microdots and sugar cubes. It is actually possible to take LSD through intramuscular injection, as it is water soluble.
Effects of the drug
Not much is known about how and why acid produces the effects it does. It is related to serotonin regulation, a chemical in the brain that is associated with mood, sensation and consciousness, but LSD’s affects are still widely a mystery among the scientific community.
Ask your self: “What does LSD bring out in you?”
What the trip feels like:
Emotions and physical feelings while being on acid can have a big range. It is hard to predict the happenings of a trip as it depends on the quality of the LSD, the size of the dose, one’s mindset when taking the drug and the people with whom you spend your time with while tripping.
- Love and euphoria
- Mild to wild open and closed eye hallucinations and visuals
- Irrational thoughts
- A feeling of “floating/fighting with gravity“
- Altered states of consciousness
- Astral projection
Physical effects include:
- Dilated pupils
- Increased heart rate
- Increased temperature
- Feelings or fatigue
- Dry mouth
LSDs reputation for causing “acid flashbacks” actually does occur to some users. Generally LSD like flashbacks and mild visuals can occur any time after ingestion but most commonly within a week of use. It can, however, occur randomly sometimes without prompting, anywhere from a week to even up to a year after use. Other psychoactive and psychedelic drugs have been known to provoke these LSD flashbacks; specifically smoking marijuana has been known to trigger acid like feelings.
Large doses of LSD has been known to sometimes lead to nonsensical, completely fabricated, obsessive and somewhat lucid, repetitive thought patterns. In some cases with people known for a family history of mental illnesses, LSD can be known to bring out these traits even more profoundly. Frequent use can lead to mild symptoms of schizophrenia so you may want to rethink any ideas of going on an acid binge. It is important to know your limit, your own mind and whether or not you truly want to embark upon this adventure with all its possibilities.
Tips for tripping
If you know you’re going to be doing LSD, try and plan your night out before dosing. Trip with people you know and trust.
Know and trust your source!! Find out what the “wave” of acid is going around and insist on good quality. Like any other mood altering drugs, you need to be aware of what you’re doing; it might be a research chemical trying to pass off as real acid. Its effect could catch you off guard and you could find yourself tripping down the wrong rabbit hole!
Pick an environment that you feel most safe and comfortable in to feel your best. Surround your self with things that you love, and give you a feeling of well being. Have a positive attitude going into and throughout the trip. Go in with good intentions and have fun!
If you start feeling overwhelmed or you feel like you’re having a bad trip, take a breather and try to get some fresh air with a friend. Try and talk to some one willing to help you, someone you can trust. If there’s a TRIP! booth around, come over and talk to us, were here to help!
Try to grab something to eat like some fruit and water to calm you down and to help you feel more sober, it will also renew your spirits and get your energy back up. Just remember, the trip will end!
Realize that you are thinking differently because you have taken acid and these thoughts and feelings will pass. Get cozy, wait it out, try and do something that calms you like meditation or listening to quiet music in your favorite personal space, and try to get some rest. Once you get some good sleep it will make you feel a lot better in the morning and it will be over sooner then you know it, as if you’ve woken up from a crazy dream. Lack of sleep may cause you to feel even worse or more delusional, so in this case it’s best to try and switch up your scene
Remember you are always ultimately in control!
Safe and happy tripping!