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LSD Long Term Use and Effects
This article discusses LSD long term use and effects including tolerance, acid flashbacks, mental and psychological effects and more...Keep reading for indirect consequences of long term LSD use and treatment options for the long term LSD effects.
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LSD, or lysergic acid diethlyamide, is a potent man-made hallucinogenic drug, which alters the mood and perceptions of users and causes them to see, hear, and feel things that are not real. Though the initial effects of using the drug usually wear off within 12 hours, LSD can have serious long term effects that may impact users for the rest of their lives.
LSD long term use and effects of such use vary depending on the person and the situation. Some users enjoy the experience, but others have "bad trips," which cause fear and paranoia. A person who has previously enjoyed LSD may have a bad trip if they use it again or in a different situation. This means that the more a person uses LSD, the more likely he or she is to have a bad trip at some point.
Though LSD doesn't cause physical addiction, users may continue to seek it out to get the effects of the drug. Some users can become psychologically dependent on LSD, where they feel like the need the drug to function or to handle life, especially if they use it often or over a long period of time. LSD long term use and effects can be very serious.
Long term effects of LSD use can occur in anyone who uses LSD, though heavy users, or those who use the drug over a longer period of time, are more likely to experience long term effects.
LSD long term use and effects include:
In addition to the direct long-term effects of LSD use, users may experience indirect consequences of using the drug, such as:
Treatment for long term LSD effects
LSD is not physically addictive, so users don't need help with physical withdrawal from LSD, but if they are psychologically addicted they will need therapy and a support system to overcome their psychological need or cravings for the drug.
There is no cure for the flashbacks that users may experience after LSD use. Other psychological problems that develop as a result of long-term LSD use, such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, or trouble coping with everyday situations should be evaluated and treated by a doctor or therapist.
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