LSD Abuse Symptoms

LSD Abuse Symptoms

LSD abuse symptoms usually act upon the sensations and rarely ever do they affect the physical health of the user.

The most common symptom of LSD abuse is the occurrence of hallucinations or ‘pseudo-hallucinations’. People abusing LSD experience hallucinations during which they imagine things and events which they believe to be real due to a warped sense of reality.

People experiencing ‘pseudo-hallucinations’ also have visions, but with the difference that they know that what they are experiencing is not real. LSD is scientifically classified as a hallucinogen, basically because of these hallucinatory effects upon its users. The hallucinations induced by LSD use and other hallucinogenic drugs have been extensively applied in a number of religions and cults.

In many religious or ritualistic traditions and practices, hallucinogens have been taken by believers in order to produce in them the trance-like hallucinations that they believe to be messages and visions from their various deities.

LSD Abuse Symptoms

The second LSD abuse symptom is interference in the users’ sense of time. The users of the drug may at times appear totally confused as to the timeline of events. For them the distinction between the past, the present, and the future becomes unclear. During these times, they confuse the events of the past with present or future events and in some cases they have the feeling of being absorbed in one dimensionless time continuum.

The effects that LSD produces on the people who abuse it are entirely unpredictable and hence the behavioral and sensorial LSD abuse symptoms are almost as varied as the people themselves. Each person experiences a unique feeling or ‘trip’ as the effects are popularly known.

These effects usually depend on a large variety of independent factors such as the amount and composition of the drug, the state of mind of the person consuming it and the dosage of the drug. Even though tiny amounts of the drug, as small as 25 micrograms, are enough to produce fringe effects of abuse on the user, the average quantity that is consumed as a single dosage is usually between 100-500 micrograms.

In spite of all this, there are still a number of symptoms that are more likely to appear in any one user of the drug. Besides the aforementioned LSD abuse symptoms, other symptoms may include rapid and irregular shifts in the moods and emotions of the users of the drug.

They experience rapid change in emotions and it becomes hard to tell what their feelings may be at any particular time. Oddly enough, some users of the drug have even been reported to experience several emotions at once during a single ‘trip’. Their sensory systems may also be affected, resulting in confused or ‘cross-over’ feelings such as hearing colors instead of seeing them as should be the case.

The physical LSD abuse symptoms are not usually as pronounced as the sensorial ones, although they too differ from user to user. The most common amongst them are:

  • Tremors
  • Numbness
  • Dry mouth
  • Co-ordination
  • Sleeplessness
  • Motor function
  • Dilated pupils
  • Muscle weakness
  • Profuse sweating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased heart rate
  • Impaired co-ordination
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased body temperature

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