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LSD

  • By: Stephen T. Schroth, Jason A. Helfer & Logan Willits
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is manufactured from lysergic acid, a substance derived from ergot fungus, which grows on rye and other grains or acid amide. LSD is most commonly taken orally in tablet or capsule form, or ingested on blotter paper. The effects of the drug occur 30 to 90 minutes after ingestion. Common effects include auditory or visual hallucinations, a general feeling of well-being, connection with a “higher power,” or a combination thereof. Synesthesia, a state where one believes he or she is able to taste colors or see sounds, may also occur. At a low dose, LSD is a stimulant.

Other effects of LSD include: dilated pupils, higher body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, dry mouth, tremors, numbness, ...

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