Possibly one of the most famous (and infamous) hallucinogens on the market today, LSD (short for d-lysergic acid diethylamide) is a powerful drug that is specifically designed for one purpose: to warp your perceptions of reality. After consuming this substance, people will begin to suffer from bizarre extrasensory experiences (called acid trips) and bear witness to bizarre hallucinations, some of which can be either beautiful or nightmarish. However, despite the years of research on the mood-altering properties of this drug, scientists have not yet fully established what the drug exactly does to the human brain. How does it change the chemistry and what are the long-term effects? Let’s take a closer look and find out some more information.
“We’ve Got No Control”
Over the course of its 70-year run of popularity, LSD gained an infamous following in multiple circles, but, in a strange twist, the research on this drug is limited. In fact, barely any controlled research studies on this drug actually exist, and the only documents that do provide valuable insight on acid constitute small case studies and minor reports.
So, what do we know about this hallucinogen? Based on the information collected so far, scientist have speculated that LSD directly impacts serotonin receptors in our brains. Simply put, serotonin itself controls our behaviors and perceptions of reality and regulates vital components like mood, sexual behavior, and hunger. As a result of this chemical manipulation, people have experienced the following symptoms after consuming LSD:
- Extrasensory perception and feelings
- Simultaneous emotional rush
- Rapid changes between emotions
- Warped sense of time and space
- Synesthesia (hearing colors, for example)
- Sudden and residual flashbacks
The Unpredictability of LSD
So, why is LSD so hard to study? For one thing, this drug is highly unpredictable. No two acid trips are the same, and users can experience good and bad trips. Likewise, people can have different trips (ranging from astral projection to synesthesia) by taking the same amount of acid. Also, keep in mind that some users can build up LSD tolerance, meaning they have to use more of the drug to maintain a happier lifestyle. Overall, acid (much like the trips it induces) is a universal mystery.
Seeking Treatment for Hallucinogen Abuse
LSD is not only a dangerous drug that warps your ideas of reality, but it is also a substance that can wreak havoc on your physical well-being. Taking acid and enduring endless trips is not the ideal way of escaping from your problems, and you can eventually develop dangerous health problems (including dependency). However, through resilience and patience, you can easily break free from these drugs.
If you, a friend, or a loved one has formed a dependency on acid and is seeking more in-depth help to break free of these substances, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of trained counselors and healthcare are ready to guide you through each of the difficult stages of withdrawal, detox, and rehabilitation. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your drug abuse and addiction problems.