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Understanding how LSD produces long-lasting high

Posted on 05-25-2018 Posted in Drug Abuse - 0 Comments

Understanding how LSD produces long-lasting high

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) belongs to a class of drugs called hallucinogens that can induce profound perceptual changes, placing users at the risk of indirect harm or injury to their bodies. LSD is a potent drug, capable of altering perception of the outside world. The effects of LSD, also known as “bad trips,” depend on the quantity and frequency of the dose, with the level of impact varying for every user. Studies show that abusing the drug can leave users with a disgusting and nerve-racking experience as they usually end up ingesting high amount, triggering extreme changes in mood.

Experts say that LSD has the potential to produce a long-lasting euphoric high. A study published in the journal Cell gave some unique insights into the effects of LSD by analyzing the peculiar manner in which the drug binds to the brain’s receptor proteins. The researchers used sophisticated imaging techniques to understand how LSD interacts with the brain. The study team froze an LSD molecule bound to a single brain cell as a crystal in a laboratory to extract a 3-D x-ray image of the substance and the protein locked together. The image revealed a unique aspect about the way an LSD molecule fit inside the receptor.

The scientists discovered that each LSD molecule wedges itself into the serotonin receptor’s binding pocket at an unexpected angle causing a part of the receptor to fold over the LSD like a lid. This is one of the main reasons why the LSD high lasts so long. The study findings suggested that serotonin receptors in the brain regions, which are the brain’s key chemical messengers, are responsible for such a heightened state of brain activity, leading to hyperactive imagination. In fact, the researchers found that LSD or acid trips can even last for a full day, despite of ingesting negligible traces of the drug.

LSD is a lethal mind-altering psychedelic

A powerful mind-altering drug, LSD is classified as a Schedule I hallucinogenic, and prohibited under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) after rampant abuse during the 1960s. Generally, LSD users are unable to differentiate between the effects triggered by the drug and the ones that occur naturally. Studies suggest that once a “bad trip” sets in, there is no end to the mood swings, which can last up to 12 hours. In fact, there have been reports of LSD users struggling to recover from an acid-induced psychosis.

People who overdose on LSD have reportedly experienced visual hallucinations and delusions with extreme changes in sense of time. Other significant outcomes include seeing distorted images, experiencing panic attacks, anxiety, and bouts of severe confusion for prolonged period. Moreover, individuals under the influence of LSD are prone to engaging in risky behaviors and taking hasty and insensible decisions, which could result in fatal consequences. Besides, hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD) is the consequence of an LSD trip, where users may experience acute depression, scary images, overwhelming fatigue and terrifying flashbacks.

LSD addiction is treatable

Strange as it may sound, there is a rising trend among many Americans to consider psychedelics like LSD as the latest weapon in the array of arsenal to cope with life’s challenges in a unique way. However, experts fear that LSD could soon become their recreational drug of choice and open a can of worms. However, the good thing is that LSD addiction can be treated with timely medical intervention.

A pioneer in mental health and substance abuse treatment, Sovereign Health of Florida provides top-notch LSD addiction treatment programs at its Fort Myers and Pompano Beach facilities. For more information on our state-of-the-art LSD addiction rehab centers, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our representatives.

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