LSD, chemically known as Lysergic acid diethylamide, is undoubtedly one of the most popular psychedelics known to man, inducing mind altering states of consciousness, spiritual experiences, and “trippy” visuals.

Common street names for this drug are: acid, blotter, cid, doses, dots, and trips.

What exactly is LSD?

In 1938, a Swiss scientist named Albert Hofmann discovered this drug in ergotamine (a grain fungus) while searching for helpful medical derivatives of ergot alkaloid. A few years later, Hofmann accidently tasted the drug and became aware of its intense mild altering powers. He then went on to synthesize it from ergotamine, test it recreationally, and label it as LSD-25.

Creation of this drug can occur through crystal formations or through liquid dilution, and is known to be odorless, colorless, non addictive, and -in its pure form- tasteless. Non-pure LSD may have a slightly bitter or metallic taste. Acid is usually swallowed or dissolved under the tongue, but its liquid form is injection into the veins. You can find this drug sold in the form of tablets, absorbent blotter paper, sugar cubes, or gelatin.

Main Effects/Side Effects

The effects of an LSD trip vary from person to person, but they all have one thing in common- a psychedelic experience. These experiences include mind altering states of consciousness, audio distortion, wild visuals, synesthesia, an altered sense of time, and spiritual experiences. Intense colors, geometric shapes, morphing objects (even your own body), and ripples in the air are some of the most common “trippy” visuals experienced among LSD users. Depending on your state of mind and mood, the trip may also induce frightening visuals such as scary shapes or beings; this is known as a bad trip. Feelings of panic or anxiety are usually felt with a bad trip as well.

Aside from psychological effects, there are a few physical effects as well; these may include pupil dilation, reduced appetite, increase in heart rate, weakness, restlessness, numbness, nausea, elevated blood sugar, goose bumps, jaw clenching, sweating , and tremors. After an acid trip, impairment of judgment and memory, confusion, and a short attention span may be present; however, there are currently no studies that point to any harsh, long-term effects, of LSD use.

LSD Testing

Potential chemicals that dealers misrepresent as LSD include 25I-NBOMe, DOI, DOC. The NBOMe family of chemicals can be harmful even in small doses, and are often sold as LSD. Many people have died as a result of ingesting an NBOMe compound instead of LSD, therefore it’s essential to get a test kit and test your LSD.

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