LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide)
- Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) is a synthetic drug that has been abused for its hallucinogenic properties since the 1960's.
- LSD produces delusions and visual hallucinations that distort the user's sense of time and identity.
- LSD typically is sold as a liquid or applied to a blotter paper, sugar cubes, gelatin squares and tablets.
- LSD is used by individuals of all ages it is a particular concern for high school students. More than 8 percent of high school seniors in the United States used the drug at least once.
- Effects associated with LSD use are unpredictable and include ? feeling of despair, terrifying fears-losing control, going insane, or dying.
- Flash backs during which certain aspects of their LSD experience recur even though they have stopped taking the drug.
- Some have suffered fatal accidents while under the influence of LSD.
LSD users may develop long lasting psychoses, such as schizophrenia or severe depression.
- Psilocybin and psilocin are obtained from certain mushrooms indigenous to tropical and subtropical regions of South America, Mexico, and the United States.
- As pure chemicals at doses of 10-20mg. these hallucinogens produce muscle relaxation, dilation of pupils, vivid visual and auditory distortions and emotional disturbances.
- Effects produced by consuming preparations of dried or brewed mushrooms are far less predictable and as a consequence the hallucinogenic activity as well as the extent of toxicity produced by various plant samples are often unknown.