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LSD causes the user to see, hear, smell, feel or experience things that are not really there.

Definition: LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a hallucinogenic drug.

As a hallucinogen, LSD causes the user to see, hear, smell, feel or experience things that are not really there. The hallucinogenic effect of LSD is often referred to as a ‘trip’.

LSD originally comes in a white powder form, but is generally mixed with other things and comes in the form of small blotting paper, capsules, liquid or small squares of gelatine.

Other nicknames for LSD include: acid trips, acid, trips, tabs, dots, Lucy.

Effects: The list of effects on this website are not definitive or exhaustive.

The short term/immediate effects of LSD can include:

  • sweating
  • acting out of character, doing things you might not normally do or may regret
  • seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling or experiencing things that are not really there
  • changed sense of time and space
  • feeling different from usual
  • strange body sensations
  • lacking coordination
  • risky behaviour
  • mood swings
  • trouble concentrating
  • confusion
  • dilated pupils
  • nausea or vomiting
  • headaches
  • tremors
  • heart beating faster or irregularly
  • high blood pressure
  • fast, deep breathing
  • chills or flushes
  • panic, fear and/or anxiety
  • paranoia
  • psychosis
  • frightening hallucinations

The long term effects of LSD can include:

  • flashbacks (remembering things from when under the influence of LSD)
  • dependence

Drug use can have a range of social consequences and can have impact not only on an individual, but also their relationships and their work or study. Drug use can cause financial issues, family problems and can also have legal consequences.

If you are concerned about your own or another person’s drug use we encourage you to seek professional help and assistance.

There are always risks associated with drug use. No use at all is the safest option.

Further information and support:

If you suspect an overdose call triple zero (000) immediately.

In an emergency or crisis situation always call triple zero (000) for police, fire and ambulance and follow instructions.

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