LSD on Candy, or lysergic acid diethylamide, is a long-lasting psychoactive drug that disrupts and alters perceptions and feelings. In uncontrolled situations, LSD on Candyis one of the most effective mood-altering drugs available. It causes a profound distortion in the perception of reality that can last up to 12 hours.
Although LSD on Candy use peaked in the 1960s and 1970s, the drug has been around since it was first synthesized in 1938. It was synthesized from ergot, a fungus that grows on grains such as rye.1
LSD is illegal in the US, where it is classified as a Schedule I drug.2 This indicates that the drug has a high potential for abuse.
Also Known As:
Common slang terms for LSD on Candy include Acid, California Sunshine, Hippie, Lucy in the sky with diamonds, Yellow Sunshine, and Zen.
Drug Class: LSD is a hallucinogenic drug, meaning it causes subjective changes in consciousness, emotions, and thoughts.
How to recognize LSD on Candy
LSD is usually sold in tablets or capsules, but sometimes in liquid form. The liquid is sometimes applied to absorbent paper, called “windowpane” or “absorbent” acid, which is cut into individual doses.
How does LSD work?
Scientists believe that LSD works by affecting receptors involved in the regulation of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain. Serotonin is involved in controlling behavioral, perceptual, and regulatory systems including mood, motor skills, sensory perception, hunger, body temperature, and sexual behavior.
When this system is disrupted by the use of LSD, it can cause profound distortions in the perception of reality, or in other words, hallucinations.1 People who use LSD on Candy see images, hear sounds, and feel sensations that seem real even when they are not.
These sensory hallucinations can be accompanied by rapid and intense emotional swings. As a result, an LSD on Candy “trip” can change very quickly from a pleasant experience to a very unpleasant one, making the effect of the drug extremely unpredictable.
What the experts say
Despite the fact that LSD has been around for over 70 years, there are few, if any, properly controlled research studies on the specific effects of LSD on the brain of those who take it. The research that does exist consists of smaller studies and case reports.1
One review of LSD on Candy research conducted over the past 25 years found that LSD:
- It enhances emotional empathy but impairs the ability to recognize fear
- It has therapeutic potential, but more research is needed
- It increases feelings of closeness and trust in others
- Increases connectivity in some brain networks
- It makes people more open to suggestions
LSD affects neurotransmitters in the brain and produces a number of effects that are not fully understood. In addition to altered perception, people often experience emotional changes such as increased empathy and feelings of closeness to others.
Use of LSD on Candy
There are a number of reasons why people use LSD despite the potential dangers. Hallucinogenic effects may seem pleasant. Because of the distorted perception and hallucinations that the drug can create, people often feel a sense of uniqueness or creativity, as if they are achieving an understanding that they would not normally be able to achieve without the drug.
The problem for people who take LSD is that all these effects, pleasant or unpleasant, are so hard to predict. The same dose of the same batch of LSD can affect one person in a completely different way than another. In addition, a person may be affected differently from one trip to the next when taking the same amount and the same type of LSD.
While LSD on Candy cannot be legally prescribed, research into the therapeutic potential of LSD is ongoing and some promising findings have emerged. Studies suggest that the drug may promote the growth of neurons and may be beneficial in the treatment of drug addiction, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).3
A 2014 study examined the use of LSD-assisted psychotherapy in a small group of anxiety patients. The results suggest that when used in such a controlled environment, LSD could be effective in reducing anxiety, although more research is needed.
Common side effects of LSD
Some of the most dramatic effects of LSD on Candy reported by researchers in smaller or case studies include: 1
- Altered sense of self
- Altered sense of time
- Cross-sensory, synaesthesia (such as hearing color, seeing sound)
- Dramatic changes in feelings and sensations
- Feeling several different emotions at once
- Moving quickly from one emotion to another
These altered perceptions and feelings can cause panic.1 Some experience frightening thoughts, feelings of despair, fear of losing control, fear of going crazy, and fear of death. These experiences are known as a “bad trip”.
Scientists have also been unable to explain why some people who take LSD experience flashbacks – sudden repetitions of aspects of the LSD trip without warning. These flashbacks can occur within days of the original use of the drug or sometimes more than a year.
Physical side effects of LSD on Candy use include loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, tremors, dry mouth, seizures, and nausea.
Signs of LSD use
The symptoms of LSD use can be distinctive, so you can recognize that someone is using the substance.
Some of the common symptoms of LSD use include:
- Anxiety or paranoia
- Bizarre comments
- Dilated pupils
- Reddened skin
- Increased body temperature
- Aids (tablets, absorbent paper, sugar cubes or gelatin)
- Incoherent, incoherent speech
LSD overdose symptoms can include panic attacks, psychosis, seizures, and delusions. If you suspect someone has overdosed on LSD, contact emergency services immediately and try to keep the individual calm until help arrives.
Tolerance, dependence and withdrawal
LSD is not considered a physically addictive drug, but continued use will lead to tolerance. When people become tolerant to drugs, they have to take more to get the same effects. This can be especially dangerous with LSD because tolerance tends to build up quickly and the effects of the drug can be so unpredictable.1
Even more troubling is the fact that tolerance to LSD on Candy wears off quickly, usually within 72 hours. This can lead to people inadvertently using potentially dangerous or lethal amounts of the substance.
Fortunately, LSD is not addictive and most people eventually tire of it and simply stop voluntarily or reduce their use over time.
While people do not become physically dependent or addicted to LSD on Candy, it is possible to develop a psychological dependence on the drug. People often seek the drug as a way to reduce or eliminate the unpleasant symptoms associated with psychological withdrawal.
Unlike many other substances, LSD withdrawal is not usually accompanied by a series of negative physical symptoms. People are often able to stop using LSD on their own without experiencing unpleasant physical withdrawal symptoms.
However, psychological symptoms can be quite common and may include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings
- Suicidal thoughts
LSD is not addictive, but continued use can lead to tolerance, meaning people need to take more and more of the substance to experience the same effects.
How to get help
LSD abuse can have a serious impact on both the person using LSD and their loved ones. Treatment approaches may include outpatient or residential approaches that may include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), individual counseling, family therapy, and group therapy.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 for information on support and treatment facilities in your area.
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While there are no medications available to treat LSD on Candy use, other medications can be used to treat symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric conditions.