The psychedelic drug LSD, also known as “acid,” is most commonly used for recreational or medicinal purposes (in some cultures and societies). LSD is still illegal in America, and because of this and the fact that it is rarely physically addictive, rates of LSD abuse remain relatively low throughout the country. When small amounts of LSD are taken, the drug can lead to changes in mood and slight changes in perception.
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Potential Dangers from Taking LSD
When large amounts of the drug are taken, the user is likely to experience major changes to perception along with auditory and visual hallucinations. Many people who use this drug will take a small or moderate amount and wait for an extended period (months or years) before considering using the drug again.
This is because the impacts are significant and because the drug itself is not physically or psychologically addictive. However, some people might enjoy the effects so much that they use LSD in higher quantities more frequently than is safe. In doing so, these people are liable to cause serious damage to their brains over a relatively short period. People who use significant quantities of LSD might also be prone to experiencing withdrawal symptoms when use is stopped abruptly. However, LSD withdrawal is uncommon.
What Are LSD Withdrawal Symptom?
If you take an excessive amount of LSD for several days or weeks in a row, you might experience withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms associated with psychedelic withdrawal are predominantly psychological. People who experience LSD withdrawal might undergo the following symptoms:
- Mood swings, often characterized by agitation and irritability
- Anxiety can lead to panic attacks
- Depressed mood and suicidal ideation
- Disruption to sleep cycle/insomnia
- Feelings of detachment from reality
- Delusions and minor or moderate auditory and visual hallucinations
- An inability to concentrate for extended periods
- Racing thoughts
More About LSD Withdrawal Symptoms
Because the symptoms of LSD withdrawal are predominantly psychological, it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether the symptoms you are experiencing are directly related to the “trip” itself or if they are due to the development of physical tolerance. If you expose your system to the same chemical substance repeatedly, your central nervous system and brain eventually adapt to its presence.
This is why withdrawal symptoms occur – the system goes into shock when that substance is no longer present. No matter what chemical substance you have repeatedly been ingesting, withdrawal is always a possibility.
How Do I Know If I’m Using Too Much LSD?
How can you tell if you are using too much LSD or too much of any other psychedelic drug? If you have to ask whether or not you are using too much, there is a good chance that you are. If you have used LSD more than once or twice in the past year, this is a good indication that you should start paying attention to your intake and reducing the number of drugs that you ingest.
It might seem like LSD is safe to use because it is relatively not addictive and because there are no immediate come-down symptoms. However, suppose you experience any degree of withdrawal after using this psychedelic drug or any other illicit substance. In that case, you want to consider that you might be dealing with a substance abuse disorder.
Allure Detox and LSD Addiction Treatment
At Allure Detox, we have extensive experience treating people who have been using multiple drugs simultaneously – this is known as polydrug abuse. Most people who use LSD regularly simultaneously use other chemical substances in conjunction – more specifically alcohol. If you are someone you love who has been misusing a psychedelic drug and combining this drug with other chemical substances, we are available to help.
Give us a call at any time for more information on our recovery program or to get started with our admissions program. All calls are free and confidential. We look forward to speaking with you soon and helping you in any way that we can.