LSD - a heads up
Often referred to as acid or trips, LSD is a hallucinogen which is well known for the range of different experiences using it can lead to.
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is an illegal hallucinogen which is commonly called ‘acid’. It's sometimes also called trips, tripper, tab, stars, smilies, rainbows, paper mushrooms, Lucy, drop, dots, cheer or blotter. LSD comes as tiny squares of paper decorated with pictures, as liquid in a vial, or as a pellet. It is swallowed or absorbed through the skin.
Using LSD alters your perception of things meaning the effects include visual and auditory hallucinations. The experience (a trip) can be enjoyable or "bad" – it may conjure a sense of relaxation and happiness or may make you feel panicked. The effects can last up to 12 hours.
When you take too much or have a bad trip, LSD can make mental health problems even worse. If someone is having a bad trip, take them to a quiet, comfortable area, stay with them, and reassure them.
If you use LSD then if nothing else, make sure you know these ways to be as safe as possible.
- Use in a safe and comfortable place with someone sober
- Take half-dose first to see what the effects are like
- Plan a day or two to comedown
- Avoid driving or operating machinery
- If someone is having a bad trip, take them to a quiet, comfortable area, stay with them, and reassure them.
- Call an ambulance if unable to calm someone on a bad trip
Want more? This info is the bare minimum to give you the heads up. The ADF has heaps more comprehensive info about LSD and other hallucinogens here. We also recommend you check out this video for GlobalDrugSurvey.