LSD / Acid
“I went to a school party of one of my friends where fruit punch was available. After I had two
glasses of the punch I started feeling funny. Everything around me changed into different
colours and for hours I could not remember what I did” – School pupil
“A known drug detective had during the confiscations of LSD, touched the blotting paper that
contains LSD quite a lot, the substance stuck to his hands and when he ate chips he became
drugged because of the LSD.”
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) (popular street name “Acid”) – is the strongest and most
popular hallucinogenic substance known.
LSD can be administered to a person or persons without their knowledge, especially by mixing
it with liquids and food.
This can be life threatening as a person unknowingly and unprepared therefore, starts
The “trip” depends on a person’s state of mind and it has happened, especially with minors,
that it has caused permanent psychological damage after taking it unknowingly.
The main danger of LSD is the inability to make decisions that usually leads to impulsive and
irrational behaviour that can cause injuries or death.
WHAT IS LSD?
LSD is a synthetic drug that is odourless, colourless and tasteless. LSD is found in different
forms, but the most general and popular way of marketing and packaging LSD is still the
blotting paper. This blotting paper is dipped in the LSD solution, dried and perforated in blocks
of 1cm x 1cm that represents one LSD unit. LSD is also found in the form of gelatine, which is
known as “Window panes” and small tablets known as “Microdots”. When this LSD unit is
placed in the mouth, the person will go on LSD “trip”. Drug smugglers print pictures on these
LSD units to make the drug more attractive and interesting for the LSD users. The drug users
classify LSD by the motive that is printed on the LSD unit; according to them
some of the “pictures” are stronger and have a better effect than other.
Popular pictures are:
· Smiley Faces
· Ying Yang
· Eight Ball
· Magic Mushroom
· Bart Simpson
A concerned person must however not be blinded by the picture on the front of this blotting
paper, but must rather concentrate on perforation marks on the back thereof which is
characteristic to LSD.
METHOD OF USE AND SIDE EFFECTS OF LSD
Placing the blotting paper, which contains LSD, under the tongue where the lysergic acid is
released by means of saliva, creates a powerful “high”. The other popular method is by placing
it in a drink or any other liquid that makes the release thereof easier.
After about 15 to 30 minutes the person will go on a “trip”, and such a “trip” can last up to
anything from 8 to 12 hours. LSD users say that the psychedelic trip is the most common,
a user’s whole surrounding will change into different colours as if he is walking inside a
LSD can cause a good or bad trip; therefore people are hesitant to experiment with LSD.
There is no assurance that the user will enjoy the trip. The LSD user’s state of mind normally
determines on what trip he or she will go. A user quickly develops a tolerance against the use
This causes the LSD user not to use LSD every day, but he will let a few days pass before using
LSD again to obtain the maximum advantage of the drug. (During the LSD free period the addict
will use other drugs)
During an interview between a SANAB member and a schoolgirl that uses LSD: “When I
have a good trip in a Rave Club with the beat of the music and I close my eyes, it is as if
different coloured lights come to me and move through my head.”
People that have good trips usually experience something that they have always desired,
– To be able to fly
– To walk on water
– To be very strong (Superman)
During an interview between a SANAB member and a juvenile:
“During a trip I found chopped off heads of babies in the toilet that were laughing at me,
I later found spiders and insects that were in my bed and crawling over me”.
Some of the users become paranoid during a bad trip, because it feels as if the “trip” and
the “bad feeling” do not want to end; this causes permanent psychological damage and
can lead to suicide.
A person experiencing a bad trip, is usually someone that:
– Is very anxious and has various phobias
– Is suicidal and spiritually immature
– Has family problems and a history of drug abuse
– Mixes different drugs with LSD
A LSD user that has a bad trip has such a bad experience, that he will never touch LSD again,
but will rather experiment with other drugs. Abovementioned facts clearly state the danger of
LSD. Therefore the unknown intake of LSD, at especially school parties, can be very
dangerous because the person cannot determine on what kind of trip he or she will go.
SIDE EFFECTS OF LSD
The most common side effect of LSD is a change in personality. Cases were reported where
people suffered from severe paranoia and psychological deflection, it is therefore very
dangerous to experiment with this drug. It has a high level of dependency and a low level of
tolerance, meaning that a person can easily become addicted to LSD. This leads to the use of
more serious drugs, because LSD has a low form of stimulation. It is known that people that
experiment with LSD usually use Ecstasy with it which leads to the use of Cocaine. LSD also
stays in the body for very long periods. This can cause a person to go on a LSD trip again
when it is later released in the bloodstream. This is known as a “Flashback”.
According to records a flashback is always a reminder of a “bad trip”.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE USE OF LSD INCLUDES:
– Uncontrollable shakiness
– Enlarged pupils
– Severe paranoia
– Mood swings
– Frequent anxiety attacks
– Sudden strange behaviour
– Delusional reasoning
– Tinfoil in which LSD is wrapped to keep it fresh
– Plastic covering from cigarette packets
– Pieces of “glad wrap”
– Bank bags
– “Jiffy bags”
– Laminated pages containing perforated stamp-like pictures
LSD is surely the drug of the past decades that has taken on the imagination of people in drug
cults, writers and even psychologists. It is a hallucinogenic substance that causes physical and
psychological dependency for the users thereof. This substance was very popular in the 60’s
during the “Hippie” era. Psychologists such as the American Timothy Leary openly
experimented with LSD. Cult groups originated around this drug and this substance’s
doubtful advantages were praised in many a song during this period. Some of the well-known
songs were “Lucy in the sky with diamonds” by the Beatles and “Purple Haze” and “Are you
experienced” by Jimmy Hendrix.
Dr. Albert Hoffman discovered LSD for the first time in 1938, while experimenting on a fungus,
known as Argot, which is found on rye grass. Dr. Hoffman wanted to use LSD as a medical
cure for respiratory and systemic circulation sickness. In 1943 he accidentilly went on a LSD
trip when he consumed LSD that he was synthesizing. During the 1940’s and the mid 70’s LSD
was used on an experimental basis to establish it’s cure capabilities for certain mental
illnesses.However, it was found that LSD had serious side effects on certain people, especially
thosesuffering from schizophrenia. The US Army as a chemical assault method, used LSD on
various occasions. LSD has been synthetically synthesized, or imitated, since the early 60’s
and marketed illegally in the world. In the 70’s and 80’s the “Punk” culture took over from the
“Hippie” culture and the use of LSD increased. In the early 90’s the so-called “Rave Scene”
made its appearance on the South African scene and the use of LSD escalated again.
Price: R40 – R80 per unit