LSD and the Brain

LSD/Acid is a hallucinogenic or psychedelic drug known fully as lysergic acid diethylamide. LSD has chemical structure mimicking serotonin, the happy chemical naturally produced in our brains and bodies so when Acid molecules merge with the serotonin receptors instead of the serotonin they expect, they bind more strongly and produce extra amino acids that almost lock or trap the LSD molecule into the receptors where they can lodge until they finally work loose. LSD or Acid is primarily is taken because it adapts perceptions, imaginations, thoughts, moods, and feelings producing enjoyable effects such as distorted colours, sounds, objects, shapes, you can also feel euphoric, empathetic, excited, giggly, in awe, energised, and hallucinate. The effects can last between 6 to 15 hours. However, you can also experience bad hallucinations and leave you feeling suspicious, panicked, confused, anxious, overwhelmed and frightened, users can become quieter or have trouble speaking, they can act unpredictably, become fixated on things, be emotional, paranoid or aggressive suffering from confusion and trouble concentrating, physically symptoms or effects of LSD are headaches, nausea, the dilation of pupils, fast or irregular heart beat plus rapid breathing combined with increased body temperature along with facial flushes, sweating, chills and shaking. Experiences while coming down in the days after use can include insomnia, fatigue, body and muscle aches and feeling depressed. In the long term LSD does not appear to be addictive or have any withdrawal symptoms, but in a few cases a disorder known as Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD) can occur, additionally some people have been known to self-harm or attempt risky/dangerous behaviours while under the influence of the drug, it is also believed to increase risk of or worsen mental health issues especially if you have any unknown or underlying mental health issues, occasionally some people experience unpleasant flashbacks to their ‘trips’ on LSD.

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