What is LSD

Hunter S Thompson’s novel ‘Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas’ recounted some of the most bizarre adventures, which he undertook with his friend under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs in the gaming capital. If you want a picture, watch a scene out of the film version made in 1998. In the film, the duo walk in a hotel under influence of a drug called Sunshine Acid, only to watch some of the most grotesque sights ever!

The so-called Sunshine Acid is actually the drug known in abbreviations as LSD. The full name of this hallucinogen is Lysergic acid diethylamide. This drug has been an icon of the drug abuse in America back in the 60s. Inevitably, the colorful and twisted shapes and designs of the delusions under the influence of LSD led to some of the significant revolutions in the wide field of art. The experiences of hallucinations or delusions are termed together as psychedelia. Such a positive image of the drug can also attribute to the fact that LSD is far less toxic or even addictive to people. This does not necessarily mean that the drug does not have its own share of side effects and adversities.

Well, the most significant effect is that the person will experience the hallucinations to a great extent. These hallucinations will largely confuse and bewilder a person who has taken LSD. The person’s psychological experiences are largely affected for both good and bad. The good thing is that LSD may be considered as a sort of religious or self-reflective meditation. The person may take LSD to reflect on the inner thoughts and the inner psyche. This is why LSD is frequently used by doctors in psychedelic therapies. But the other disadvantages are that the LSD can cause a person to be delusioned with false sights and visions. These visions may adversely alter the person’s view or attitudes of the real world.

Sure, the shifts of patterns, colors, designs and objects will be a fascinating and mind-numbing visual experience. But often, the intake of LSD and its consequences will also baffle the people. Other than the visual delusions, the person will also be bewildered with loud sounds and also loud music. These sounds may not exist in the real world, or the music may also be not so loud. There are some mild physical symptoms like slight weakness, fatigue, mild insomnia and also restlessness. However, some of these mild problems may escalate with time and the voluntary consumption of LSD. However, never would consumption create a harmful addiction or dependence.

For this, we have got to thank our brains. Our brain has what is known as 5-HT 2A receptors. These nerve receptors have been found to douse the action of most drugs. LSD is much milder in comparison to the more addictive drugs like cocaine or heroin. It is not exactly a harmful drug. As evidenced, it has some uses in psychological therapy. Artists and other creative people have used it in control to gain insight and also garner more creativity and imagination. However, there are some rather baffling, if benign, problems which can the LSD can cause. So, like other drugs, it is to be, in most cases, tacitly and necessarily avoided at all costs.

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