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Lysergic Acid Diethyl Amide 25 and the Effects on the Human Mind LSD lysergic acid diethyl amide is one of the major drugs making up the hallucinogen class LSD was discovered in 1938 and is one of the most potent conscious-altering chemicals It is manufactured from lysergic acid which is found in ergot a fungus that grows on rye and other grains LSD commonly referred to as acid and sid is sold in tablets capsules thin squares of gelatin or hits generally consisting of a single color commonly referred to windowpane and occasionally liquid form which is usually contained in small glass vials It is odorless colorless and has a slightly bitter taste and is usually taken by mouth Often LSD is added to absorbent paper such as blotter paper and divided into small decorated squares with each square representing one dose These squares are usually on decorated paper with characters such as Mickey Mouse Beavis and Butthead The Dancing Bears and other well-known characters sometimes appearing on them The effects of LSD vary wildly from one user to the next They depend on the amount taken the users personality mood and expectations and the surroundings in which the drug is used Usually the user feels the first effects of the drug about 30 minutes after taking it The physical effects include dilated pupils extremes in body temperature either very cold or very hot increased heart rate and blood pressure sweating loss of appetite sleeplessness dry mouth and tremors Sensations and feelings change much more dramatically than the physical signs The user may feel several different emotions at once or swing rapidly from one emotion to another If taken in a large enough dose the drug produces delusions and visual hallucinations The users sense of time and self changes Sensations may seem to cross over giving the user the feeling of hearing colors and seeing sounds These changes can be frightening and can
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