LSD Abuse Side Effects

LSD Abuse Side Effects

Many people who abuse LSD pay very little or no attention at all to the likelihood of LSD abuse side-effects.

The reason why many people do not concern themselves with LSD abuse side-effects is that they are not usually considered to be fatal, or even dangerous. The physical side-effects of LSD abuse are rare while the sensorial ones, which are a lot more common, are no cause for grave concern due to their generally benign nature.

One of the LSD abuse side-effects is the occurrence of ‘flashbacks’ to the drug. Users of the drug have been reported to experience short but intense visions or hallucinations about the drug a long time after their last consumption of it. They claim to experience a return of the feelings experienced during use of the drug which may take place days, or even years, after taking it. These flashbacks are an indication that elements of the drug must have a very long lifespan and can remain in the system for a long time.

LSD Abuse Side Effects

The second LSD abuse side-effect is that users of the drug may experience severe and terrifying thoughts that last for a considerable amount of time. They can become consumed by baseless fears of insanity, or death, during which time they may also focus all their energy and other resources in trying to prevent the occurrence of those events. Users may also suffer from intense or acute anxiety during these periods.

Most of the time when such side effects occur, antianxiety drugs like clonazepam (called Klonopin in the United States) can be administered. Klonopin should, however only be administered when these side effects are very acute, and only as a short term treatment since it is a highly addictive drug. If the person suffering from these side effects is given any clonazepam for a long time, he or she may develop a dependency on clonazepam and eventually find that is has become an addiction.

In addition, LSD abuse may disrupt the emotional balance of the individuals using it. The result of such imbalance is abnormal emotions, for example, the user may start to laugh in an odd manner, laughing at things that are not remotely funny and these bouts of laughter can be uncontrollable. Their emotions and moods also start switching with unreasonable frequency and they may swing from one emotion to another in a matter of seconds.

In some rare cases, users may even experience multiple emotions simultaneously. At the extremes of these side-effects of LSD abuse, the users may experience a very abnormal crossover of their emotions whereby each sensory organ seems to be detecting sensations meant for other organs.

Physical LSD Abuse Side-Effects

  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Dry mouth
  • Trembling
  • Co-ordination
  • Sleeplessness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Loss of appetite
  • Profuse sweating
  • Muscle weaknesses
  • Impaired motor function

These physical side effects should be treated on a symptomatic basis if they are not severe i.e. particular medication should be sought for specific symptoms. However, if the user experiences a number of them at the same time, it is strongly recommended that he or she should immediately stop abusing the drug.

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