Over the years there has been some debate about whether or not LSD causes drug addiction. The drug was discovered by a Swiss scientist named Alber Hofman in 1943 when traces of a chemical he was testing got on his fingertips. He experienced the first LSD trip and the mind-bending drug has become legendary for creating altered states ever since.
LSD is a drug with a duplicate reputation. Many philosophers, artists and psychiatrist say it creates understanding, healing and enlightenment in the mind and others say that it creates brain damage, a permissive attitude and a compulsion to do other drugs as well.
Whether or not it causes drug addiction it truly is one of the most powerful drugs ever discovered with just a tiny bit of it having a big impact on the brain. It is currently available as sugar cubes, tablets, capsules, gelatin chips (window pane), tablets and blotter (LSD soaked paper.)
LSD is thought to create addiction because it interacts with biological circuits and affects human consciousness. The drug is absorbed quickly and eliminated from the body in two hours. The “trip” is caused by the byproducts stored in the liver. The usual acid trip starts half an hour after ingestion and lasts six to nine hours.
Most trips are pleasant but “bad trips” are legendary for causing panic and psychotic reactions that can result in a permanent break with reality. These are like bad trips that never end. Some people also suffer “flashbacks” which are the effects emerging weeks after the original trip.
To treat someone who is having a bad trip you need to
• Stay calm
• Be supportive
• Use distractions
• Change the settings
If they are psychotic you need to get them to a hospital or detox facility immediately. At the very least call a drug recovery counselor who can walk you through what steps to take next. It is possible that the LSD taker has multiple drug addiction problems that are making the trip even more unpleasant than it need be.