What Does Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) Mean?
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a powerful hallucinogenic drug that is illegal to own or use in the United States. (LSD) is manufactured from lysergic acid which is found in a fungus known as ergot. While it is unclear exactly how and to what extent lysergic acid diethylamide affects the brain, it is known that it interferes with the brains neurotransmitter system.
Classified as a Schedule I drug pursuant to the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, LSD triggers unpredictable reactions when ingested.
The drug is made in illicit drug labs and produced as a liquid or manufactured in pill form. LSD is sometimes distributed by coating a piece of paper or thin sheet of gelatin with the drug.
LSD interferes with the brain's processing of serotonin and stimulates the sympathetic nervous system. Use of the drug can trigger extreme fluctuations in body temperature, tachycardia, elevated blood pressure, tremors, and hyperglycemia. The impairments caused by LSD can result in a person harming themselves or others during a trip.
Long-term side effects in some LSD users include schizophrenia or severe depression.