How Alcohol Interacts with LSD

We’ve all heard the warnings about drug interactions. We shouldn’t mix multiple pain medications, prescriptions and alcohol or other substances. However using more than one drug at a time is still common. Intoxication can impair judgment, making another drug seem like a good idea, or you may intentionally take more than one drug to try to get certain effects.

However polydrug use is unpredictable. The effects can be quite different for each individual. Therefore, mixing powerful drugs — whether they be illicit drugs or legal prescription medications — is a very risky undertaking. And when you add alcohol or LSD? The risks increase.

Alcohol and Other Drugs

hard drugs and alcoholIt doesn’t matter what other drugs you’re taking — when alcohol’s in the mix, you’re at risk. Alcohol Research and Health explains, “A large number of medications — both those available only by prescription and those available over the counter (OTC) — have the potential to interact with alcohol.

Those interactions can alter the metabolism or activity of the medication and/or alcohol metabolism, resulting in potentially serious medical consequences.”1 People mixing party drugs may overlook how mixing alcohol with LSD can intensify or weaken the effects of either drug.

It can lead to any of the following:
  • Bad trips
  • Increased risk of overdose
  • Becoming unconscious
  • Additional prescription medication interactions

It can also increase the risk of addiction.

Alcohol, LSD and Addiction

Before mixing drugs, be aware of how dangerous each can be even when used alone. Many people think LSD is harmless or not addictive. However, using this drug can have physical and mental health effects. It can also lead to psychological addiction. People can become addicted to this drug in the same way that people get addicted to gambling, marijuana or pornography.

Even if a person doesn’t get addicted, he or she quickly develops a tolerance to the drug.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse shares, “LSD produces tolerance, so that users who take the drug repeatedly must take higher and higher doses in order to achieve the same state of intoxication. This is extremely dangerous, given the unpredictability of the drug, and can result in increased risk of convulsions, coma, heart and lung failure, and even death.”2

Additionally, LSD is an illegal drug. This means no one controls what’s in it or if it’s safe. A drug dealer may not know or care about selling potentially dangerous chemical cocktails. More LSD means more risk. And because alcohol leads to tolerance as well, individuals may find themselves using these substances together more and more often.

LSD Addiction Help

If you or a loved one is facing drug addiction or alcoholism, get help before things get worse. Your first step is as simple as reaching out to The Canyon. Give us a call at 877-345-3299, and ask any questions you have about addiction, mental health and polydrug use. Our integrated, evidence-based program has earned acclaim from more than ten independent studies and countless treated patients.

When you call our 24/7 toll-free line, you’ll be immediately connected to one of our friendly, knowledgeable team members. He or she will listen to you, address your questions and concerns, and offer positive solutions for your specific needs and preferences. Recovery IS possible, with the right help.

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1 Weathermon, Ron, et al. “Alcohol and Medication Interactions.” Alcohol Research and Health. Accessed 6 Jun 2018.

2Physical and Psychological Effects of Substance Use.” National Institute on Drug Abuse. 2004.

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