What is LSD?
commonly known as “acid”, LSD is a psychedelic drug famous for affecting perception and causing hallucinations. It first got synthesized from a fungus that grew as a parasite on rye in 1938 by Albert Hofmann. The Swiss chemist became the first man on earth to trip on this substance in 1943. It is produced in crystal form in illegal laboratories, mainly in the United States. These crystals are converted to a liquid for distribution. It is odorless, colorless, and has a slightly bitter taste (Make sure to spit it out if it has a sour lemon-like taste). It is sometimes added to absorbent paper, which is then divided into small squares decorated with designs or cartoon characters.
The possession, manufacture, and distribution of this acid are prohibited. The federal penalty for first-time possession of LSD is 1 year of prison with a thousand dollars fine in the US. Here in Tunisia, it is classified in “Tableau B des stupéfiants” and punishable by the infamous law n°92-52 (one to five years in prison with one to three thousand dinars fine).
What are the effects?
Before we get into the effects. There are few ways to take LSD but the most common one is by placing the bottler tab under your tongue where it’s absorbed into your bloodstream via mucous membranes. It takes from 20 to 90 minutes to kick in and peaks around 2–3 hours later depending on some factors like your age, your BMI (body mass index), and the dosage for sure (above 75 micrograms).
1- Physical effects:
- dilated pupils
- dry mouth
- blurred vision
- increased body temperature
2- Mental effects:
- visual hallucinations
- intensified senses, including smells, sounds, and sensations
- blending of sensory perception, like hearing colors or seeing sounds
- distorted sense of time and environment
- feeling of euphoria
In case of what we call a bad trip
- panic and anxiety
- paranoia and delusions
You may develop tolerance to LSD but it would never make you physically dependent. The same dosage as last time might not get you the moon. Though, you can get psychologically addicted to its effects.
Flashbacks might occur as well in form of short relapses during the afterglow. If they keep coming back make sure to consult a doctor because you're developing Hallucinogen persistent perception disorder (HPPD).
It can involve feeling energized and happy or anxious and unsettled. This phase lasts around 6 hours, but it can last days or even weeks if you took a lot of acid.
Long story short. The acid is undetectable after 24 hours by routine drug tests (via urine). But blood tests can detect LSD for up to 8 hours, and hair follicle tests for up to 90 days. These aren’t as commonly used.
- do not do it alone!
- start slow with your dosage
- do it when you are feeling good
- pick a safe place
- make sure to have fun!
- do not mix it up with other substances
Micro-dosing and LSD for breakfast:
Silicon Valley engineers take microdoses of LSD every morning to boost their energy, productivity, and creativity. Usually, microdoses are taken in very low measurements (12 micrograms). Nothing would be glowing more than usual. Nothing too shiny. Just different brain sections connected in a unique way to guarantee the best outcome.
Consider Edward’s experience:
Edward told me that he enjoyed his first LSD tab even though he spent most of his trip alone. The effect lasted almost 10 hours and his afterglow lasted 3 days. He showed some feeling of kindness when he first started tripping. “I look at people’s faces but I see nothing. All I ever wanted to do is lend them my eyes for a few seconds. Everyone deserves to feel the way I’m feeling right now” said Edward with a wide smile. I asked him if he could describe his first trip in one word, he said: beautiful.
Euphoric high or living-hell?
My answer to you is you’ll never know. There are many factors to it. You can’t tell for sure but you can approximately guess how the trip will be. Make sure to follow the safety tips and everything is going to be fine.
At the end. I want to clarify that I do not condone or encourage the use of any drug whatsoever and this article is for educational purposes only.