How the Media Impacts LSD Use

LSD is a hallucinogen that was discovered by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann in 1938.The drug was created to stimulate breathing and to improve blood flow. Hofmann took the drug and found the drug to create strange sensations for the user. As a result, he thought this drug might be useful in psychiatry.[1] However, many concertgoers used this drug for its blissful psychedelic effects. Though the American mainstream did not approve of LSD use, influential rock bands such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones commended the drug in their songs and lifestyles. As a result, LSD use exploded in the ’60s. Eventually, a legal ban of LSDhelped slow LSD abuse. Currently, LSD is considered a Schedule I drug. LSD has no medical use in the US. It is an illegal drug and is also considered both dangerous and addictive.[2]

Man being interviewed by media crew

Basic Effects of LSD Use

LSD is a drug that alters the perception of the user. This includes the user’s thoughts and feelings. LSD can cause hallucinations, sensations and images that seem real though they are not.[3] Some of the effects of LSD include the following[4]:

  • Increased brilliance of color
  • Distortion of time
  • Motion or shapeshifting of stationary objects
  • Decreased self-awareness
  • Warping of flat surfaces
  • Increased photosensitivity
  • Uncontrolled fits of laughter or screaming
  • Cluster headaches
  • Unpredictable change of general surroundings: the user may find himself in a multicolored paradise or a searing, inescapable hell

Simply put, LSD is one of the most unpredictable drugs available.The effects differ for each user. Even first-time use of LSD can have long-lasting effects on mental health and even lead to psychosis.

LSD Use in Movies

The portrayal of LSD in films is often superficially positive. Only a few films actually show the drug’s true dangers. Common cinema perspectives on LSD include:

  • Stimulation of bizarre, laughable adventures with friends
  • LSD is a way to make the user appear ridiculous and provides the audience with unpredictable, zany comic relief
  • Viewers are taken to a colorful world where LSD appears to serve as a portal
  • Drugs are often used to provoke perverted sexual acts and killing sprees in users

Overall, LSD abuse is often glanced at impassively or even applauded as a source of enjoyment. Most films completely ignore the potential consequences of drug abuse.

LSD Use on Television

Like movies, television shows – especially those from the 1960s – portray LSD use as a source of comedy. Anti-drug TV advertisements and documentaries on LSD often provoke more curiosity than fear. These forms often show people under the influence of LSD having a fun time; seeing vivid colors, rambling nonsensically and laughing hysterically. What was intended to be televised cautionary tales often serve as little more than free advertising for the drug. Without more widespread efforts to expose the devastating effects of LSD on its addicts, its abuse will continue to grow.

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[1] Hallucinogens.

[2] Drug Schedules.

[3] Hallucinogens.

[4] How Do Hallucinogens Affect the Brain and Body.

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