Lysergic Acid Diethylamide

Acid is a nickname for Lysergic acid diethylamide. It is an semisynthetic psychedelic drug of the ergoline family that is well know for its hallucinogenic properties. Acid is typically a colorless, odorless, tasteless solid. It is typically ingested orally on an absorbent blotter paper, a sugar cube, or gelatin. It can also be administered by intramuscular or intravenous injection when in its liquid form.

The Mind Altering Effects of Acid

Acid is know for altering the thinking processes, creating closed and open eye visuals (instillation), synesthesia, an altered sense of time and spiritual experiences. Acid is nonaddictive and has not been known to cause brain damage. However prolong use of acid can cause psychiatric reactions such as anxiety, paranoia, and delusions. Many regular acid users experience what is known as “flash backs” where they begin to experience the effects of acid when they are not under its influence.

Uses of Acid

Acid is commonly used recreational purposes as an psychoactive substance. However it has been used as an agent in psychedelic therapy. In 1947 Sandoz Laboratories introduced Acid into psychedelic therapy under the trademark name Delysid which showed great promise in treatment. Shortly after its introduction the the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) began using Delysid in mind control and chemical warfare during the 1950’s. Acids recreational use become popular in the 1960s at which time the drug became prohibited, today it is still an illicit substance. As of 2009 new research has begun into the uses of Acid and its benefits in the psychological treatment of patients.

Treatment Uses for Acid (LSD)

  • Alcoholism
  • Pain
  • Chronic Headaches

Acid is also used to increase the spirituality in its users as well as their creativity.

The Signs and Symptoms of Acid Use

While Acid is not an addictive substance its effects can be. Many get hooked on the psychedelic effects of acid, using the substance at an alarming rate. The more often acid is used a tolerance will develop, requiring larger doses of the drug to acheive its desired effects. Just as an physical dependency would occur on other illicit drugs when using acid on a regular basis you will begin to see negative effects in the users health and other aspects of their life. They may begin to loose motivation to go to work, spend the money meant for bills on purchasing acid and they can begin to experience the common health effects of acid.

Health Effects of Acid

  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Delusions
  • Flash Backs

While under the influence of acid the individuals mind is altered, they may take part in activities they normally would not when sober which can lead to their physical harm. Many who abuse acid will suffer legal repercussions for their actions while under the influence.

Acid Addiction Treatment

Yes, Acid is a non-addictive substance, this does not mean that it does not have abuse potential. While a physical dependency to acid does not occur with its regular use many do become addicted to its effects. The make the choice to use the substance over and over to achieve the desired effects. While they are able to stop its use without experiencing any withdrawal symptoms they may experience cravings that make they want to use more acid. Entering into an addiction treatment center for an acid abuse problem will help the individual work through any mental or emotional reasons for their chronic acid abuse. The individual will learn key tools needed to help them avoid the use of acid, keeping them sober.