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A Guide to the "Not So" Wonderful World of LSD

Discovery of LSD

LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) come from a fungus that grows on rye and other grains. Albert Hofmann, working at Sandoz, a Swiss pharmaceutical

company, produced LSD for the first time in 1938. He was hoping that it

could be used to stimulate circulation and respiration, though this idea

failed. Hofmann forgot about the new found drug, and didn't use it for five

years. In 1943 he accidentally ingested LSD and experienced some effects of

the drug, such as visual distortion, dizziness and restlessness. He

experienced the drug again, though this time not on accident.

Forms of LSD

LSD can come in many different forms. Three more common forms are paper blotter, liquid, & gelatin. Paper blotter, the most common form of all,

comes divided into ј" squares called tabs. These tabs usually have between

30 - 100 ug of LSD. These papers are made by taking a sheet of absorbent

paper, usually decorated, and soaking it with a dilution of LSD. All the

dilutions are not the same, for the can vary greatly from batch to batch,



and there is no way of telling exactly how much LSD is on it.

Liquid LSD is usually water based, though it can be based with other

solvents. A single drop of liquid LSD could be up to 50 times stronger the

regular paper blotter because it is more than the normal dose. It is not

all that common for people to sell liquid LSD because there is no way to be

sure of it's potency. It is usually stored in small dropper bottles.

Gelatin LSD, also known as "window panes", is made by mixing liquid LSD with gelatin. It has to be formed into small, thin squares after that. A

single gelatin tab usually has around 50 - 150 ug of LSD. This method of

making LSD is generally better because it protects the LSD from being

exposed to the air and sun, which can break down the drug.

Cost of LSD

When LSD is sold as paper blotter, the price usually ranges from 3 - 10

dollars per hit, though it can be more expensive depending on where it is

sold. Being sold from friend to friend it is usually less, but places such

as raves will sell it for more. Less common LSD will go for more money then

blotter paper will. It's price is around 8-10 dollars per hit. If you by LSD in bulk, such as sheets of blotter paper, it is always less per hit, ranging from 1-2 dollars per hit.



Use of LSD

LSD is most commonly ingested orally. With both paper blotter and gelatin, the LSD is placed in the user's mouth, the chewed or swallowed. When using liquid LSD it can be put on the tongue and swallowed, or put directly in the


Physical Effects

LSD is said to disrupt the way seratonin, the chemical in the brain that

enables electrical messages, is used by the brain. It distorts the

messages, most visual, and causes one on LSD to "see things". Changes such

as slight rise in body temperature and heart rate, and dilated pupils are

all due to LSD when on the drug.

When taking LSD you also



Works Cited

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DEA-Publication: LSD in the United States

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"Lysergic Acid Diethylamide" (LSD) Illegal LSD Production

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