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What Are the Long-Term and Short-Term Effects of LSD, and Why Is It Used?

Last updated: Monday, 30, November 2020

LSD causes profound changes in a person’s consciousness and perception, which are the hallucinogenic effects of the drug. When a drug user experiences these effects, there is a wide variety of other outcomes that happen. Most of the results are visual and auditory distortions, along with other sensory distortion. This is the primary reason why LSD is used, which is to produce hallucinogenic effects. Being under the influence of LSD causes intense emotions, and the consequences of LSD can last eight to ten hours or longer. The effects of LSD usually peak after 4 to 6 hours and some of the common side effects include sensory enhancement, delusions, sweating, and dry mouth. Other side effects include visual hallucinations, tremors, synesthesia, dissociation, anxiety, depression, and panic attacks.

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The regular use of LSD does create a tolerance to the effects of the drug, and eventually, specific doses of the drug will induce no reaction at all. Drug users who use LSD will have to increase the dose they are taking to a much higher dose, which can be dangerous. More significant amounts of LSD have been known to lead to psychological breaks and adverse psychological side effects. The overdose caused by LSD can occur but is rare, and there have been very few cases of a fatal overdose as a result of LSD. If a deadly dose occurred because of LSD, there would have been other drugs involved. Some of the effects of LSD can last up to 12 hours, which does place the drug user at risk for injury. There are, of course, other consequences, is with any other type of drug abuse, such as social problems, legal issues, and family problems.

The most common short-term effects are a sense of euphoria and enhanced emotions and sensory input. For example, a drug user could experience an intense wave of happiness or sadness at one time. Some of the other short-term side effects include high blood pressure, hallucinations, sleeplessness, increased heart rate, dry mouth, loss of appetite, tremors, and paranoia. The long-term effects of LSD are an increased tolerance to its effects, flashbacks, delusional behaviors, and vision problems. Other long-term effects include lack of motivation, lack of enjoyment, mood swings, and irrational thinking. The daily use of LSD does cause the many long-term impacts to intensify, and drug users will have a problem distinguishing reality from hallucinations. There are also risks of drug psychosis, extreme feelings of depression and anxiety, panic attacks, and an inability to cope with life circumstances.

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