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What is LSD?
LSD stands for its chemical name, lysergic acid diethylamide, and is commonly called ‘acid’. It’s a powerful hallucinogenic drug – this means that users are likely to experience a distorted view of objects and reality, including seeing and sometimes hearing things that aren’t there (these are hallucinations). The experience of taking LSD is known as a ‘trip’. Trips can be good or bad, but until you take it you don’t know how it will affect you – and once it’s started you can’t stop it.
Here are some of the main effects and risks of taking LSD:
- Time and movement can appear to speed up and slow down. Colour, sound and objects can get distorted and you can experience double vision.
- These distortions of your senses can be quite unpredictable, sometimes pleasant, but sometimes very frightening (these are called ‘bad trips’).
What does acid look like?
LSD was invented by Albert Hoffman and there is a story that he discovered the hallucinogenic effects by accident, when he spilled some liquid LSD on himself.
As a street drug, LSD is usually sold as tiny squares of paper with pictures on them. These are most commonly called “tabs” or “blotters”. But it can also be found as a liquid or as tiny pellets.
Prices can vary from region to region, but on average LSD costs £1 – £5 a tab.