LSD is a drug with a storied past. It was introduced back in 1938, a young chemist named Albert Hofmann created the drug to help stimulate the respiratory and circulatory systems.
Five years later, Hofmann tinkered with the formula, and this time, he took 250 micrograms himself. He believed this dose would have minimal effects, if any at all. But when Hofmann went to work on his bicycle, he was unwittingly going on the first LSD trip. Even in seemingly small amounts, the drug creates unique feelings and sensations in the mind of the user. Years later, LSD became a mainstay of the 1960s as part of the psychedelic movement, pole-vaulted into popular culture when The Beatles’ were rumored to reference it in their hit “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and was often used at concerts.
Even eight decades later, LSD is the most powerful hallucinogenic drug available. To wit, even a small dose of the drug can be very potent. Today, LSD is most often found on “blotter papers,” which are small squares of paper dipped in the substance. LSD also comes in the form of a powder or crystal, a liquid, gelatin squares, laced on a sugar cube or a small pill.1
Is LSD is Physically Addictive? Myth.
Unlike many illegal street drugs or prescription drugs, LSD is not physically addictive. For this reason, there are no physical withdrawal symptoms like those associated with drugs such as heroin or cocaine.
While some common withdrawal symptoms for other drugs include: extreme anxiety, muscle aches, insomnia, cramping, nausea and vomiting,2 with LSD, these withdrawal symptoms are very unlikely as the body does not become dependent on the drug. Still, while LSD is not physically addictive, it is definitely psychologically addictive.
LSD is Psychologically Addictive? Fact.
The psychological effects of LSD are significant. A single dose can lead to a strong psychological dependence on the drug. Psychological addiction is essentially the feeling that one must have LSD in order to function or feel “normal.” While the user is not physically dependent on the drug, the mind can lead the user to think otherwise.
LSD can also produce a “bad trip.” When this happens, frightening thoughts overwhelm the user, and the resulting acute panic reaction generally necessitates a visit to the hospital. LSD abuse can lead to acute mania, schizophrenia, depression, and permanent psychoses. This is especially the case if the user has any mental issues.3
Because LSD isn’t Physically Addictive, I Don’t Need LSD Rehab, Right? Myth.
Being addicted to LSD can have damaging and lasting psychological effects. For that reason, LSD rehab should be consistent and long-term. Some forms of LSD rehab can include support groups, behavioral therapy and even family therapy. Talk therapy is also important because it addresses both the cause and the effects of LSD abuse. Over time, however, the patient will learn more about their addiction.
For example, specific emotions, people or environments may trigger cravings to use drugs. Through psychotherapy, an individual can learn to handle drug cravings in a healthy way.
Can LSD Rehab Help Restore Your Life? Fact.
If you, or someone you love, wants to get help for LSD addiction, know that help is available. You can rebuild your life — even if things feel out of control right now.
Just call our helpline, 877-345-3299, to find out more about the different treatment options available. A professionally trained counselor is available to answer any questions you may have. A psychological addiction can be every bit as damaging and difficult to overcome as a physical one, so don’t go it alone. Call now and get help.
1 “What are Hallucinogens?” National Institute on Drug Abuse, January 2016.
2 “Opiate and Opioid Withdrawal.” MedlinePlus, Accessed October 25, 2018.
3 “LSD: Human Health Effects.” Toxicology Data Network, May 16, 2012.