Alcohol and acid are two substances that should not be combined but unfortunately are by many people. It’s important to understand the danger of mixing alcohol and LSD, which can be life-threatening.

The following provides an overview of alcohol and acid and highlights the potential danger of mixing alcohol and LSD.

Alcohol and Acid | Danger of Mixing Alcohol and LSD
Before looking at the relationship between alcohol and acid and the possible danger of mixing alcohol and LSD, what is LSD and how does it affect the brain?

LSD is a hallucinogenic drug that is believed to alter the activity of neural pathways in the brain utilizing serotonin. Most of the effects of LSD are due to the actions it has on the prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain controls perception, cognition, and mood, which is why you have hallucinations and delusions when using LSD. The prefrontal cortex also plays a role in how you respond to stress and panic.

When you take a hallucinogen, whether you’re mixing alcohol and acid or taking it on its own, you will likely see, hear and feel things that don’t exist. The effects of acid and other hallucinogens usually starts within anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes after taking them and can last up to 12 hours.

LSD and other similar drugs can be scary when people take them because there’s no way to predict how you’ll react. You may feel fear, panic or even slip into a drug-induced psychosis where you have no connection to reality.

If someone has a bad experience on acid, they often call it a bad trip, and these can include not only extreme fear and anxiety but also feelings of loss of control or the feeling that you’re going insane or dying.

Other symptoms of LSD include raised blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature, numbness, weakness and tremors and dizziness.

There are also emotional side effects of LSD on its own, including emotional changes that are extreme, and a sense of impulsiveness.

As frightening as it can be on its own, mixing alcohol and acid can be even worse. When you mix alcohol and acid, the risks and symptoms can include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Hallucinations (visual and auditory)
  • Lack of a sense of time
  • Insomnia
  • Blood pressure and heart rate changes
  • Appetite changes

As with LSD on its own, the danger of mixing alcohol and LSD is largely in the unknown. Alcohol and acid affect people in different ways, with some people feeling like the alcohol dulls the effects of the LSD, and others saying it worsens their hallucinations. It’s so unpredictable, and that’s one of the big elements of danger that comes with alcohol and acid, or LSD on its own.

Mixing LSD and alcohol can also lead to vomiting and nausea.

There is some research showing that with alcohol and acid together you’re increasing the likelihood of experiencing a bad trip, or it could lead to unconsciousness. There’s also the potential danger of mixing alcohol and LSD that you could hurt yourself or someone else. Both alcohol and acid lower inhibitions and increase impulsivity, which is why there’s a big risk that an accident could occur.

Essentially, while there are many side effects perhaps the biggest danger of mixing alcohol and LSD is the complete unpredictability of the situation. You may be more likely to be reckless, to harm yourself, or to endanger the safety of the people around you.

One anecdotal example of the danger of mixing alcohol and LSD is that you might be more likely to self-mutilate or to attempt suicide when you combine alcohol and acid.

It’s really unfortunate that the combination of alcohol and acid has become so popular, particularly among partiers who want to amplify their experience with both. The danger of mixing alcohol and LSD is very real and can end in serious injuries or even death.

Around a decade ago a theory started to be circulated that alcohol and acid could actually go hand-in-hand to help people quit drinking. There was a claim that LSD could help alcoholics stop drinking based on old research unearthed by a professor at the University of Alberta.

This is a dangerous misconception, and it’s not one that people should follow.

Alcohol is one of the most common substances included in a polysubstance abuse problem. Polysubstance abuse means someone is abusing and/or is addicted to multiple substances. Anytime you’re using drugs along with alcohol you’re amplifying the risks of both.

If you believe that you have a problem with alcohol and acid, you may need addiction treatment to address both issues separately and in the context of one another. An addiction treatment facility that specializes in dual diagnosis can be the best option when multiple drugs are being abused simultaneously.

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