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Don't Be A Zombie | Substance Misuse Advice & Information – Info LSD

Acid, Tabs, Dots, Lucy, Trips

Illegal (Class A)

£5 – £10 per ‘tab’

Hallucinogenic

  • LSD is a strong hallucinogen.
  • The effects of LSD normally last between 4-6 hours, but can last up to 18 hours in some cases.
  • Research chemicals are sometimes mis-sold as LSD, research chemicals can be up to 5x stronger than LSD. 
  • You should always wait at least an hour before redosing.  LSD can take between 1-2 hours to take effect.
  • LSD usually comes in the form of a “tab” or “blotter” which is a small perforated piece of paper with a colourful design on which is ripped and ingested.
  • LSD can exacerbate pre-existing mental health issues and trigger early onset. It is not uncommon for some users to manifest relatively long-lasting psychoses, such as schizophrenia or severe depression.
  • LSD can trigger mental health issues. If a person already has pre-existing mental health issues such as; depression, paranoia, anxiety, psychosis, schizophrenia etc. LSD can make them worse.
  • LSD usage produces delusions and visual hallucinations which can often be terrifying for the individual. There is also added risk of harm to self / drug induced accidents / going missing as the individual may find it hard to distinguish between what is real and what isn’t.
  • LSD can cause people to have visual and auditory hallucinations. This means that users may see things and/or hear things that aren’t really there.  This can be terrifying for people to experience and can cause people to harm themselves or somebody else in an attempt to free them or get away from whatever they are seeing and/or hearing.  This is called ‘tripping’ and can give users flashbacks weeks after or even 20 years later!
  • The trip from LSD can often be determined by the user’s mood or surroundings. If the user is not completely comfortable in their surroundings or in a bad mood, they are likely to experience a ‘bad trip’.
  • Whilst ‘tripping’ LSD can cause users to feel like time is speeding up or slowing down. Colours and objects also become distorted and movements can appear to be faster or slower than they really are.
  • LSD users can experience a loss of appetite, dry mouth and difficulty in being able to sleep.
  • LSD can cause users to become anxious, agitated and panicked.  It can also bring on depression.
  • LSD should not be mixed with other substances.
  • LSD should not be used with other substances as this increases the risk of harm to the individual.
  • LSD users should avoid consuming whilst alone. It is safer to have others around.
  • When using LSD, it would be safer for at least one other person in the group to stay sober. This is so they can help the user if they are in distress from the drug or having a ‘bad trip’. They could also phone an ambulance if one needed. It could be very dangerous using LSD alone due to the frightening feelings people can often experience.
  • If someone who has taken LSD is experiencing a bad trip, take them to a quiet, safe place. Speak calmly and confidently to them, reassuring them that what they are experiencing are temporary effects of the drug, and that they will stop.  Stay with the person, keeping them calm until the initial effects of the drug wear off.  Be aware that LSD can last from a couple of hours up to 15 hours.
  • People with mental health issues should avoid taking LSD. It can be a very confusing drug to take.
  • If there is a history of mental health problems in the family then LSD use should be avoided
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