When partying most people know how to have a good time but you must also know how to do so safely.

LSD

WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?

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EFFECTS

+ Closed and open eye visuals
+ Sensory enhancement
+ Neck and jaw tension
+ Increased perspiration
+ Difficulty regulating body
  temperature
+ Nausea
+ Synaesthesia; sound evoking
  sensations of colour

+ Pupil dilation
+ Increased salivation
+ Unusual bodily sensations
+ Increased body temperature
+ Increased heart rate (slight)
+ Increased yawning  (not tired)
+ Feeling of heaviness
+ Loss of motor skills and
 coordination

PHYSICAL

+ Mood lift
+ Increased awareness and
  appreciation of music

+ Feeling of oceanic
  connectedness to the universe
+ Megalomania: Inflated sense          of self esteem including
  delusional fantasies of power.

+ Increased creative thinking
+ Anxiety
+ Confusion
+ Insomnia
+ Paranoia, fear and panic

+ Changed consciousness
+ Changed perceptions of time

EMOTIONAL

PSYCHOLOGICAL

+ Ice = psychosis - the stimulant will speed up and intensify the trip

+ Large amounts of amphetamines = psychosis

+ Other psychedelics = uncontrolled overwhelming hallucinations

+ Pot (cannabis) = confusion, can lead to psychosis

+ Pills (ketamine or speed bombs) = complications

+ Benzos (anti anxieties) = counteracts the intensity of the trip

+ Antipsychotics = counteracts the effects of LSD

+ Antidepressants = inhibits the effects of LSD

+ It is not recommended to use LSD if you suffer from: Sleep deprivation, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, other mental health issues.

COMBINATIONS

LSD is a semi-synthetic derivative of lysergic acid. In its pure form it is a white odourless powder. Because the common dose is such a small amount, it is diluted and sold as drops, on tabs (little squares of blotter paper) or on sugar cubes. It is one of the most commonly used ‘psychedelic’ or ‘hallucinogenic’ substances.

Chemical compound - d-lysergic acid diethylamide

DESCRIPTION

+ A standard dose is between 50-150 micrograms

+ A single tab, a cube or a drop contains somewhere in this range

+ Try to find out the strength of your trip

+ To be on the safe side it is always advised to halve your usual dose

+ Remember: Tabs can be cut into pieces to make a smaller dose

+ You can add a drop or cube to water to split a dose evenly. Remember to mix well so the LSD is dispersed and label it so you don’t accidentally drink it thinking it is water

+ Try and wait at least 2 hours before re-dosing

DOSAGE

DURATION

Total Duration:

Onset:

Peak:

Coming Down:

After Effects:

6 - 13 hours

20 - 60  minutes

3 - 6 hours

3 - 5 hours

2 - 5 hours

+ Almost always swallowed.

ADMINISTRATION

+ Although the effects of the drug may seem to wear off after 8 hours, the drug is still active in your system for another 5 hours and effects may linger until you have slept.

+ Roadside drug test: Not detectable in saliva testing

DETECTION

Information provided by Harm Reduction Victoria's DanceWize program

+ Always dose yourself!

+ Never dose drops directly onto your tongue! You may accidentally put additional drops which cannot be adjusted

+ Acid can be absorbed through your skin; be careful not to handle tabs and keep drops in something that won’t break

+ Try to plan ahead. If you’re at a doof, it is a good idea to have warm clothes ready - choose a time to get changed and set an alarm as you may not realise that it is getting colder

+ It is a good idea to eat well beforehand and have regular meals/snacks while you’re tripping - fresh fruit is pretty easy to get down especially if it has been cut into pieces

+ Try to drink plenty of water during the experience

+ It is probably not a good idea to take LSD if you are feeling depressed, anxious, tired or upset - it is likely to make you feel worse rather than lift your mood

+ Try to make sure you haven’t got anything important to do the next day - you may not be yourself

+ It is also not a good idea to make any big decisions about life or people - LSD can distort your thinking

SAFER USE

‘Set’ is the expectations a person brings with them and includes the physical, emotional and spiritual condition of the person, their expectations of the drug and how they will react to it. ‘Setting’ is the environment that a person is in, including the social environment, who you are with and your physical surroundings, e.g. at home, at a festival or an unfamiliar location. In other words it includes the whole of the person at that moment.

For LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs, set and setting are very important in shaping the nature of the experience.

SET AND SETTING

STREET NAMES

+ Acid, Tabs, Trips, Alice, Drops, Lucy, Cubes, Blotters