Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is synthesized from lysergic acid, a material that grows as a fungus on rye and other grains. It is one of the most common hallucinogenic drugs available and is a potent mood-changing chemical.
LSD is known by several slang terms. On the street, it can be called acid, sugar cubes, trips, and hits, among other names. It isn’t always easy to spot, because a little goes a long way. It is typically found in liquid form on small amounts of blotter paper that have perforated edges.
Poor self-care and decreased interest in personal health is one well-known side effect of substance use.
Although LSD is not physically addictive, people who use it can develop a tolerance for the drug that causes them to need more of the substance to produce the same experience. People can become psychologically addicted to LSD and feel the need to use regularly in order to function at a normal level. As with other drugs, LSD addiction can lead to dangerous side effects, especially when combined with other substances.
Poor self-care and decreased interest in personal health is one well-known side effect of substance use. Continued use and dependence on LSD can indicate that a deeper problem is at hand, and ongoing substance use can lead to long-term health problems
LSD, Weight Loss, and Malnutrition
LSD use lends to the use and experimentation of other drugs and alcohol. As with any other type of illegal drug, ongoing use of LSD can lead to a lack of self-care.
Even on the first use, a person may experience a dissociative state which can lead to skipped meals and unhealthy eating. But LSD use is not an effective way to lose weight. Some people do have a decreased appetite with this drug, but others go on to eat large amounts of food, especially after the effects of this drug wear off. Many people who use LSD experience extreme hunger after the effects of this drug wear off and subsequently crave junk food.
Loss of healthy, nutrient-rich foods can leave the body depleted of energy and make thinking difficult. A psychological addiction to LSD can result in a preoccupation with getting and using the drug, so other things like eating and getting appropriate rest become unimportant.
- Extreme weight loss, particularly loss of muscle mass
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Mineral deficiencies
Empty Calories: Alcohol, Other Drugs, and LSD
LSD can be particularly dangerous if it is combined with other substances. Unfortunately, many people combine LSD with alcohol. This combination can lead to breathing difficulties and other life-threatening conditions. Because LSD is illegal, the person who sells or offers LSD may also offer other illegal drugs. Mixing multiple drugs can have deadly effects.
Alcohol is not only dangerous; it is also a source of empty calories. Chronic alcohol use will lead to malnutrition, even if it also leads to weight gain. Similarly, LSD use can distract a person from his fitness and health goals, detract from employment or school performance, and ultimately lead to depression, which can increase unhealthy eating or contribute to lack of appetite.
LSD impairs the memory and the ability to make good choices, which can mean forgetting to eat altogether, not eating enough, or eating too much of the wrong foods.
LSD can also cause severe diarrhea and vomiting, even after one use, which can cause vital nutrients to be flushed out of the body. Over time, this can result in stomach ulcers, mouth sores, dehydration and malnutrition. Severe malnutrition from drug abuse can lead to cardiac arrest and even death. All of these conditions can result from LSD use, making the drug an even greater danger beyond its immediate effects to the person who uses it.
Find Help for LSD Addiction
Long-term use of LSD can lead to a psychological dependence on the drug. LSD is an unpredictable drug that can lead to an unhealthy body. If you or a loved one struggle with an LSD addiction, we are here to help you. We would like to share more about possible treatment options for both you and your family. Call our toll-free helpline now at 424-387-3118.
By Kathryn Millán, LPC/MHSP, Contributing Writer