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Do Hollywood Depictions of Addiction and Treatment Hit Their Mark?

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Many times in popular movies, depictions of recreational drug use are played for big laughs. It’s Meryl Streep smoking weed in the guest bathroom in It’s Complicated and, as a result, acting quite bizarrely at her son’s graduation party. It’s a hyper-maniacal Ben Stiller lighting up the dance floor after mistakenly adding cocaine to his coffee instead of cane sugar in Starsky & Hutch. It’s Robert Downey Jr. – who, incidentally, spent a good chunk of time behind bars between 1996-2001 for illegal drug possession and use – accidentally getting high on medicinal marijuana with Zach Galifianakis while driving from […]

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How Common Is LSD Addiction?

How Common Is LSD Addiction?

LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, has found its place primarily in underground clubs or raves. Ecstasy and even PCP are more likely to be found in these settings, but LSD still finds its way into the mix. LSD Addiction Statistics The following are facts and statistics about LSD use and addiction: The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimated that 200,000 plus people use LSD for the first time every year. This means that about 9.7% of people older than 12 have used LSD at least once. Since 2002 and the introduction of better drug abuse education the […]

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Drunk on Alcohol or High on LSD: How to Know the Difference

Drunk on Alcohol or High on LSD: How to Know the Difference

LSD is a psychedelic drug that is one of the most potent mood-changing chemicals available. This drug is sold in the following forms: Tablet Capsule Liquid Blotter paper Although LSD most commonly is ingested, it can also be sniffed and injected.1 LSD is a semi-synthetic drug made from a fungus called ergot, which is found on common grains, including rye.2 LSD interrupts the interaction between nerve cells and serotonin, a neurotransmitter that promotes positive feelings. This interaction triggers an altered state that begins within the first hour or two of taking the drug and can last up to 12 hours. […]

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What LSD Abuse Does to a Person

While LSD, a potent hallucinogenic substance, is not considered to be physically addictive like many other drugs, it can have a serious psychological impact. Often used at parties or social gatherings where the focus is often the present, not necessarily long-term future realities, the potential consequences for experimenting with LSD can lead to drug abuse. The Short and Long of Using LSD After only one dose, LSD use can lead to mind-altering conditions that can last for years. One of these conditions is known as hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD). This disorder produces repeated long-term flashbacks to previous events. Individuals […]

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Hormonal Balance and LSD Use

Hormonal Balance and LSD Use

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a hallucinogen with psychedelic properties. LSD “trips” can last from 6 to 12 hours and can cause many different responses in the body. For example, a person who misuses LSD may experience vivid hallucinations that can be terrifying. Others who use the drug may experience mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks, or paranoia. Because LSD is an illegal drug, people often procure other illegal drugs when they take LSD, or mix LSD with alcohol. The results can be very dangerous. LSD is a powerful drug that can have a profound impact on anyone who uses it. […]

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