LSD stands for lysergic acid diethylamide. This is an illegal drug that comes in the form of a white powder or a clear, colorless liquid. It is available in powder, liquid, tablet, or capsule form. LSD is normally taken by mouth. Some people breathe it in through the nose (aspirated) or inject it into a vein (triggered).
The street names for LSD include Acid, Blotter, Acid Blotter, Blue Joy, Electric Kool-Aid, Bumps, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Soft Yellow, Microdots, Purple Haze, Sugar Cubes, Sun Eyelashes, and Crystal of the window.
The effects of LSD on the brain
LSD is a psychoactive drug. That means it acts on the brain (central nervous system) and changes your mood, your behavior and the way you relate to the world around you. LSD affects the way a brain chemical called serotonin works. Serotonin helps control behavior, mood, senses, and thinking.
LSD is part of a class of drugs called hallucinogens. These are substances that cause hallucinations. Hallucinations are things you see, hear, or feel while awake that seem real, but are created by the mind instead of being so. LSD is a very powerful hallucinogen. Only a very small amount is enough to cause effects like hallucinations.
People who use LSD call their hallucinogenic experiences “trips.” Depending on how much you
The danger of LSD is that its effects are unpredictable. That means, when using it, you do not know whether you will have a good trip or a bad trip.
How quickly you feel the effects of LSD will depend on how you use it:
- Taken orally: the effect usually begins after 20 to 30 minutes. The effect reaches its peak after 2 to 4 hours and can last up to 12 hours.
Injected: If given through a vein, the effects of LSD begin within 10 minutes