Acid (also known by its chemical name, LSD) is made from a fungus that grows on rye and other grains. It is produced in illegal labs. Pure acid is an odorless, colourless and tasteless liquid that is dropped onto paper, sugar cubes or candies and then eaten. People take acid to experience a psychedelic trip, or “high.” It is one of the strongest hallucinogens—it makes you see images, hear sounds and feel sensations that seem real but aren’t.
While on acid, it’s possible to have a “bad trip.” Terrifying thoughts, feelings of despair, of losing control and of death are common.
Effects of Acid
Acid kicks in about an hour after it’s been taken and the high can last anywhere from six to 14 hours.
When the drug hits your system, you may notice that you are seeing and hearing things differently. Colours and sounds might appear more intense. You may notice that strange things are happening, like that the walls are breathing or that moving objects have “trails.”
With acid, what may start as a good time, can end badly. Acid and other hallucinogens can magnify any fear that you have. This can cause you to feel terrified and out of control.
Problems Using Acid
Any drug that causes visual hallucinations can make you experience fear, confusion and anxiety. Also, because of the hallucinations and your lack of coordination while on this drug, there is a risk of injuring yourself and others.
Months or years after taking acid, you can get “flashbacks.” This is your brain replaying the effects of the drug. Some people have this happen over and over again, causing a crippling condition.
For somebody who has a history of mental health problems, taking acid could make the problems worse. It may also be responsible for setting off a mental health problem that had previously gone unnoticed.
Other long-term side effects include a loss of contact with reality (psychosis) and depression.
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