LSD is often known as acid and usually comes as tablets or on blotting paper, though liquid LSD is occasionally available.
LSD is the shortened name of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, a semi-synthetic drug of the ergoline family. Discovered (through accidental ingestion) by Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman in 1943, it is a powerful hallucinogenic drug. Originally a promising psychotherapeutic agent, the drug’s unusual effects led to its popularity with the 60's counter culture.
LSD causes the user to experience flowing visual patterns, though rarely full hallucinations; what many find striking are the changes it brings about in the sense of self, space, time and meaning. Some individuals have had what they regard as spiritual experiences with the drug, while critics suggest that it merely plunges one into a world of illusions. For this reason, LSD is known, by different scholars, both as an entheogen (producer of religious experiences) and a psychotomimetic (producer of psychosis-like effects).
The drug’s effects are mediated by both the individual and their surroundings, and it is difficult to predict what type of experience a user will have. It can last from 8 to 24 hours, though the latter is rare. LSD is not addictive, and the drug quickly becomes ineffective if used daily.
LSD is a Class A, schedule 1 drug. Possession, supply and production of LSD are offences.
Possession of Class A drugs carries a maximum sentence of 7 years imprisonment and a fine. Trafficking offences carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine.
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