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LSD: the effects and penalties

LSD, lysergic acid diethylamide is sold under countless different names. It’s often referred to as acid. LSD often known as a party drug because of its extreme hallucinogenic properties.

How is LSD made?

Lysergic acid, a fungus that grows in grains, is what LSD is made of. The crystalline form is mixed with other inactive ingredients to create its shape. There are several different ways LSD can look when it is sold:

  • Blotter paper soaked in liquid LSD
  • Window panes, which are thin gelatin squares
  • Microdots tablets or capsules
  • Sugar cubes covered in liquid LSD
  • Pure liquid LSD

What does LSD do?

LSD is consumed either by ingesting through the mouth, snorting it through the nose or injecting it into the veins. The user of LSD will experience a “trip,” which can be either good or bad depending on the drug and the user’s reaction to it.

The LSD trip is filled with hallucinations these can be pleasurable and stimulating, but them can also be scary. Users can experience altered senses, flashbacks, high heart rate, dilated pupils and changes to perception. A bad trip may result in anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, delusions, psychosis, injury, nausea, increased blood sugar, sleep issues, dry mouth, tremors and seizures.

The worst results of LSD can create long-lasting issues such as schizophrenia or depression. The alteration of the user’s perception and judgments can also create danger of injury or even death.

Is LSD illegal?

LSD is illegal in the U.S. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies it as a Schedule 1 drug, which is the highest classification. This means that it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical uses. The penalties for possession of a Schedule 1 drug in Virginia are jail time for up to 10 years and fines up to $2,500.



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