LSD Overdose Treatment, Signs, & Symptoms
Lysergic acid diethylamide, referred to in the medical community and by users alike as LSD or “acid”, is one of the most controversial drugs in the world. LSD is known for its psychedelic properties which create altered perceptions of the world around a user along with hallucinatory effects. When undergoing an acid trip, people claim to see and feel any number of stimuli: environmental changes, vivid colors and shapes, visual apparitions, and more. In most cases, it is impossible to differentiate fiction from reality, and even the most bizarre or implausible visions or sensations are perceived as real while under the influence.
Unlike drugs classified as opioids, benzodiazepines, amphetamines, and others, LSD is not considered to have addictive properties. The compound was first synthesized as far back as 1938, and it has had a fascinating, albeit divisive, history ever since. From then until the present day, LSD has seen uses as a commercial medication, as an experimental compound for chemical warfare by the Central Intelligence Agency, and even as a figurehead of sorts for drug countercultures the world over.
An acid high is achieved when a recreational user places an LSD-soaked paper on a mucous membrane in their mouth. While proponents and defenders of other drugs simply extol the euphoric effects of their substance of choice, LSD users take the veneration to another level entirely. Some users claim that LSD has inherent spiritual benefits or capabilities. The psychedelic effects are perceived as out-of-body experiences or as a means to reach higher beings, planes of existence, or as a lens to tap into otherwise inaccessible dimensions of reality or abilities of the human mind. Pulling back the curtain of consciousness, as it were.
Even at typical dose amounts, the psychedelic effects of LSD can lead to irreversible mental health problems. Certain symptoms characterize these especially dangerous trips.
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- Spike in core body temperature and excessive sweating
- Dilated pupils
- Numbness of the body and extremities
- Spasms or convulsions
- Loss of appetite
- Mood swings
- Harmful ideas and thoughts of suicide