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LSD Where it comes from and what it does to the body ----------------------------------------------------------- LSD lysergic acid diethylamide is a commonly abused hallucinogen drug It is made from lysergic acid which comes from ergot a fungus that lives on rye and other grasses Despite the popular theory that LSD was found by accident it was really discovered by Louis Pasteur He was hired by a pharmaceutical drug company and told to research on ergot What he found was lysergic acid which was used to make LSD Sold as tablets capsules or in liquid form LSD has been illegally sold on streets since 1960 Because ergot is not readily found in the United States it is smuggled to LSD producers from Europe Mexico Africa and Costa Rica The difficulty of acquiring ergot however discourages many illicit manufacturers from producing LSD If the ergot fungus is obtained only a small amount of it is needed to make a large amount of LSD According to DEA publications only 25 kilograms of ergotamine tartrate can produce 100 million dosage units Not only are the ingredients of LSD hard to find but cooking it takes a lot of time It takes days just to produce a few ounces of LSD Therefore it is cooked in small batches The crystallized LSD is converted into a gelatin squares and put in a prepared paper Designs can then be drawn on the tablets to make them more appealing Despite increasing production amounts of LSD the dosage usually sold on the streets today is between 50 and 75 mg compared to the original dosage in the 1960s LSD has very unpredictable health hazards Like any drug the greater the amount taken the worse the effects The user may not feel the effects of LSD from 30- 90 minutes after taking the drug Physically LSD dilates the pupils for a long period of time It also raises the body temperature heartbeat and blood pressure
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