LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, is among the strongest of hallucinogenic drugs. First discovered in 1939, LSD reached its peak in popularity during the 60s. It since became illegal in 1965 and was banned from medical use in 1970 under the Controlled Substances Act. However, LSD remains prevalent in party scenes with young people, with it being used at raves, festivals, and similar events. As a party drug, LSD reinforces the dangerous idea that drugs are a way to have fun, which is what creates the need for drug rehab centers in NJ for many young people.
How is LSD Dangerous?
Adolescents and young adults mostly take LSD because it leads to intense psychological effects. However, the drug disrupts the nerve cells throughout the body and the normal functioning of the brain.
LSD is active with certain serotonin receptors. In turn, this affects the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for your body’s “fight or flight” reaction. Additionally, LSD makes you feel sensations that are not actually there. This is a dangerous mix of consequences because the user may not respond accordingly to threats while under the influence of LSD.
Moreover, the powerful effects on the user’s mental state can produce traumatic emotional reactions to the sensations being felt. This can result in quickly shifting emotions and impulsive behavior. While on LSD, users may lose a grip on reality, with suicidal thoughts or an intense fear of dying being common. Another common effect of LSD is the display of aggressive or violent behaviors. Many people that use LSD experience severe anxiety, panic attacks, and paranoia, which can last even after the more “pleasant” effects of the drug have worn off.
In addition to presenting psychological risks, LSD also comes with physical risks. Users will experience:
- Increased blood pressure and heart rate
- Elevated body temperature
- Excessive sweating
- Loss of appetite
Drug Rehab Centers in NJ Can Help with the Effects Aftermath of LSD
The Discovery Institute offers drug detox, treatment programs for addiction, and various types of therapy for overcoming both the mental and emotional effects of drugs. If you or someone you know has been struggling with the consequences of drug use, contact Discovery today.
Dr. Joseph Ranieri D.O. earned his BS in Pharmacy at Temple University School of Pharmacy in 1981 and His Doctorate Degree in Osteopathic Medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1991. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine Addiction Certification. Dr. Ranieri has lectured extensively to physicians, nurses, counselors and laypeople about the Disease of Addiction throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania since 2012.