LSD (Drugs: The Straight Facts)

LSD (Drugs: The Straight Facts)

David J. Triggle, M. Foster Olive

Language: English

Pages: 104


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

In the time of the 1960s and '70s counterculture, lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly known as LSD, was a popular hallucinogenic drug. Though eventually made illegal, LSD was first used in government and psychotherapeutic experiments conducted to pinpoint a clinical use for the drug. These experiments were abandoned due to the unpredictability of people's reactions to LSD 'trips' and the dangerous psychological effects that an unpredictable bad trip can have on a person. "LSD" gives a brief overview of how hallucinogens work in the brain and explains their traditional use in spiritual contexts. Looking at the psychological, biological, social, and legal aspects of this psychedelic drug, this informative new title explains the chemistry of the drug, dispels common misconceptions, and highlights the very real risks of hallucinogenic drugs.Chapters include: Overview of Hallucinogens; History of LSD; Government Testing of LSD; Psychological and Physiological Effects of LSD; LSD-Induced Psychological Disorders; Use of LSD in Psychotherapy; and Comparison of LSD to Other Hallucinogens.

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been established after the 1945–1949 Nuremberg Tribunals revealed thousands of human experiments had been performed by Nazi soldiers and scientists at concentration camps during World War II. At the time of Isbell’s experiments, there was a growing concern by the U.S. government that communist nations like the Soviet Union and China might soon develop their own LSD mind control research programs. So, since Isbell was a private citizen who was not bound by military rules of secrecy regarding the

appetite • insomnia Despite its potential unpleasant physical effects, LSD is primarily taken for its hallucinogenic and psychological effects, as will be described in the following section. Psychological Effects of LSD LSD has numerous psychological and mind-altering effects, which are the primary motivating factors for people who take the drug. Each of the most common psychological effects of LSD is discussed below. DSF_LSD_PF.indb 43 7/7/08 6:35:22 PM 44 LSD Hallucinations Perhaps the

an LSD experience, even minor events such as watching the sun set, seeing a shooting star, or even staring at one’s own furniture or decorations can take on a tremendous emotional significance. As a result, LSD users often feel that their experience on the drug is mystical or life-changing. However, a person’s emotions can also change for the worse during an LSD trip, with awe and wonder turning to anxiety and panic. For example, while an LSD trip might start off as being experienced as a

contains enough LSD to produce a vivid psychedelic experience, often have designs printed on them, such as images of comic book or cartoon characters, political symbols, or animals. Thus, some people may refer to specific LSD tabs by what is printed on them, calling them “elephants,” or “strawberries.” Other slang names for LSD include “animal,” “barrels,” “big D,” “battery acid,” “black star,” “blue heaven,” “blue moons,” “blue mist,” “boomers,” “California sunshine,” “domes,” “frogs,” “mind

Substances Act, which categorized all controlled substances into one of five categories, or schedules (see Appendix 1). LSD was classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, which means it has no medical value and has many potential health risks. In 1971, the United Nations followed suit and made LSD illegal in the U.N. Convention on Psychotropic Substances, which most countries throughout the world eventually signed. LSD continues to be classified as a Schedule I controlled substance today in

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