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LSD, the most widely used hallucinogen drug, is a potent, mood-changing chemical that is manufactured from lysergic acid diethylamide, which is found in the ergot fungus that grows on rye and other grains. Historically, hallucinogenic plants were used largely for social and religious ritual, and their availability was limited by the climate and soil conditions they require. LDS’s development resulted in the popularization of hallucinogens and from the 1960s it increased dramatically. Since LSD has no accepted medical use in the United States, it is only manufactured for illegal use.
LSD can distort perceptions of reality and produce hallucinations; the effects can be frightening and cause panic. It is sold as tablets, capsules, liquid, or on absorbent paper. LSD's effects typically begin within 30 to 90 minutes of ingestion and may last as long as 12 hours. LSD produces unpredictable psychological effects, with "trips" lasting about 12 hours.
Prolonged abuse of LSD can result in “flashbacks.” These flashbacks are spontaneous and sometimes reoccurring episodes of sensory disturbances. Often these episodes cause the person to see disturbances in his or her vision and make them feel like they are losing their mind. This condition can last for years even after the user has stopped using the drug. The psychological effects of LSD can have a lasting effect on the user, which is why getting help for an LSD addiction is important for you or your loved one’s mental stability.
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