Acid (LSD)

LSD, commonly referred to as “acid,” is sold on the street in tablets, capsules, and, occasionally, liquid form. It is odorless, colorless, and has a slightly bitter taste and is usually taken by mouth. Often LSD is added to absorbent paper, such as blotter paper, and divided into small decorated squares, with each square representing one dose.

What to Look for:

Dilated (large) pupils
Disorientation
Rambling or strange speech
Sweating
Rapid mood changes
Panic and/or heightened anxiety response
Stamp-like items with pictures
Erratic, unpredictable behavior

Sensations and feelings change much more dramatically than the physical signs. The user may feel several different emotions at once or swing rapidly from one emotion to another. If taken in a large enough dose, the drug produces delusions and visual hallucinations. The user’s sense of time and self changes. Sensations may seem to “cross over,” giving the user the feeling of hearing colors and seeing sounds. These changes can be frightening and can cause panic. Users refer to their experience with LSD as a “trip” and to acute adverse reactions as a “bad trip.” These experiences are long – typically they begin to clear after about 12 hours.

Other hallucinogens: Mescaline, Morning Glory seeds, Jimson weed, and DMT
Slang: Cubes, dots, sugar, strawberry fields, sunshine, tabs, window pane, trips, squirrel, pane, peace, paper