If we look back at time, each decade had a drug of choice that was experimented on. The decade of the 1980s were known for cocaine, the 1970s for heroin and the 1960’s were known for LSD. This was an era of hippiness, soul searching and self discovery. There was a great desire to encounter spiritual experiences and LSD was a mechanism by which this was accomplished.
What is LSD?
LSD stands for Lysergic Acid Diethylamide which is a psychedelic drug. This is a synthetically produced drug which was discovered by studying a grain fungus that grows on rye. It is a colorless, odorless and slightly bitter tasting powder crystals (powder). This drug was used and intended for psychiatric purposes as a therapeutic agent and mood changer. It was believed to work so well that even the CIA tried to use LSD as a mind c0ntrol drug. At one point they tried to treat alcoholism, cluster headaches and improve creativity with LSD.
LSD is one of those rare drugs that are not addictive. Once you get off the drug, you tend to stay off the drug. So what can one expect from LSD. For starters, lets call this time frame of LSD use as an acid trip. To begin the acid trip, one must take it orally as a tablet (microdot), capsule or absorbent paper (most common). The acid trip tends to last up to 12 hours and one can experience an altered sense of time, hallucinations while awake, serious disconnection from society and personal spiritual experiences. Then there what we call a bad trip in which everything goes wrong and you feel like you are living in hell.
Once the LSD subsides from your body, you get the negative side effects that come from the acid trip including paranoia, anxiety and delusions. You can say that it is both a positive and negative potent hallucinogen. Some physical side effects include increased heart rate, goose bumps, increase in perspiration and saliva, sleeplessness and body tremors. Although it is not addictive, it is still harmful.
Albert Hofmann was the organic chemist that discovered LSD. He wrote an autobiography called “My Problem Child” whereby he explains his quest for LSD. he believed that LSD could be used in modern society safely and explains his search for other plants that are relatives of LSD. The intentions were good for the psychiatric community but the outcome was a drug that can be cheaply made for getting high so to speak.
Have you ever had a bad acid trip?