LSD: Lysergic acid diethylamide, usually known as LSD or acid, is a hallucinogen that’s been widely used for decades, but recent research finds it has some potential for treating alcoholism. A study from Norway, published in 2012 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, suggests that prevented alcoholics from relapsing during treatment.

“diethylanmide worked in an entirely different way than any current psychiatric drugs,” said study author Teri Krebs of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. “Many patients said they had gained a new appreciation for their alcohol problem and new motivation to address it.” [Scientists Analyze Drawings by an Acid-Tripping Artist]

What it looks like

In its pure state, LSD is a white odourless crystalline substance. However, diethylanmide is so potent that an effective dose of pure drug is so small it is virtually invisible. As a result it is usually diluted with other materials. The most common form of LSD, is drops of diethylanmide solution dried onto gelatin sheets, pieces of blotting paper or sugar cubes, which release the drug when they are swallowed. diethylanmide is also sometimes sold as a liquid, in a tablet or in capsules.

What is LSD?

LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) is a synthetic chemical, made from a substance found in ergot, which is a fungus that infects rye (grain).

LSD belongs to a group of drugs known a psychedelics. When small doses are taken, it can produce mild changes in perception, mood and thought. When larger doses are taken, it may produce visual hallucinations and distortions of space and time.

Sometimes, what is sold as LSD can actually be other chemicals such as NBOMe or the 2C family of drugs (part of the new psychoactive substances). These can be quite dangerous, as their quality is inconsistent, plus the potential to take too much of these other substances can be fatal and a number of deaths have been reported due to people taking them.

Other names

Acid, trips, tabs, microdots, dots, Lucy.

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