WHAT IS LSD?
LSD is a potent hallucinogen that has a high potential
for abuse and currently has no accepted medical use
in treatment in the United States.
WHAT IS ITS ORIGIN?
LSD is produced in clandestine laboratories in the
What are common street names?
Common names for LSD include:
Acid, Blotter Acid, Dots, Mellow Yellow, and Window Pane
What does it look like?
LSD is sold on the street in tablets, capsules, and occasionally
in liquid form. It is an odorless and colorless substance with a
slightly bitter taste. LSD is often added to absorbent paper, such
as blotter paper, and divided into small decorated squares, with
each square representing one dose.
How is it abused?
LSD is abused orally.
What is its effect on the mind?
During the first hour after ingestion, users may experience
visual changes with extreme changes in mood. While
hallucinating, the user may suffer impaired depth and time
perception accompanied by distorted perception of the shape
and size of objects, movements, colors, sound, touch, and
the user’s own body image.
The ability to make sound judgments and see common dangers
is impaired, making the user susceptible to personal injury. It is
possible for users to suffer acute anxiety and depression after
an LSD “trip” and flashbacks have been reported days, and even
months, after taking the last dose.
What is its effect on the body?
The physical effects include:
Dilated pupils, higher body temperature, increased heart rate
and blood pressure, sweating, loss of appetite, sleeplessness,
dry mouth, and tremors
What are its overdose effects?
Longer, more intense “trip” episodes, psychosis, and possible death
Which drugs cause similar effects?
LSD’s effects are similar to other hallucinogens, such as PCP,
mescaline, and peyote.
What is its legal status in the United States?
LSD is a Schedule I substance under the Controlled
Substances Act. Schedule I substances have a high potential for
abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment
in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use
under medical supervision.
SOURCE: A DEA Resource Guide 2017 Edition