Health Promotion and Education: LSD

Facts About LSD

  1. LSD is a psychoactive hallucinogenic drug. 
  2. It is manufactured from lysergic acid which is found in the fungus that grows on rye and other grains. It has several street names including “acid,” “blotter,” “cid,” “doses,” and “trips.”
  3. It comes in a variety of forms, but is most commonly sold as small blotter paper squares called tabs.  The paper is dipped in the LSD and then divided into small squares.  Typically the tabs can be any color and have an image on each square. It can also come in liquid form, as sugar cubes, or gelatin squares.
  4. The effects of the drug, which is known as a “trip,” can last for 12 hours
  5. Hallucinogenic drugs like LSD cause users to see images, hear sounds, and feel sensations that seem real at the time, but do not exist in reality.
  6. While under the influence of LSD the user may feel several different emotions at once, and swing rapidly from one emotion to another.  

Risks of LSD

The most common dangers of LSD result from “bad trips.” This occurs when an individual is under the influence and begins to have terrifying thoughts and feelings of despair, fear, loss of control, and extreme paranoia.  These types of experiences are especially common in people with underlying mental problems like depression, anxiety, or bipolar disease. Other risks include impaired judgment, visual distortions, and abnormal thoughts and perceptions.  You should never operate machinery or drive a car while taking LSD.

Other problems you might experience include:   

  • Extreme changes in mood and behavior.  Person may appear to be in a trance-like state
  • Chills, irregular breathing, sweating, trembling hands
  • Changes in sense, hearing, touch, and smell
  • Nausea, especially in the first 2 hours

LSD and the Law

LSD is considered a Schedule I illicit drug with no accepted medical use or benefit. This makes it illegal to manufacture, buy, possess, or distribute the drug. If you are caught with any amount of the drug you will be arrested for Felony Possession of an Illegal substance.  


National Institute of Drug Abuse

DEA Fact Sheet on LSD