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LSD Lasts

The negative and lasting effects of LSD

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Emily Brookfield, Staff Reporter

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The History

Lysergic Acid Diethyamide— a drug that most people don’t recognize. Yet, as soon as its shortened to its standard name, LSD, people around the world can identify it and have even been familiar with it. It rose to popularity after being created in the 1930s, and has had a huge resurgence in today’s youth. What was originally created to help resolve the pains of childbirth has become one of the most popular recreational drugs in the world. After being tested by a pharmacist, the psychedelic effect that it is known for was discovered, and from there, it began to spread like wildfire in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Vicious Cycle

LSD has been known as a large problem for the police and many authorities. Many who continue to use LSD wonder why it hasn’t been legalized, as many feel no negative effects. Yet, many of the effects that have been documented are negative, even though the immediate feeling, for many people, is not. Relieving headaches and anxiety is equally matched with nausea and increased heart rate. Not to mention, LSD and many other “stress relieving” drugs have been linked to depression. When people come off of their high, they are faced with normal life that seems too standard. In turn, however, people justify their use of acid by explaining how it helps them with depression, when in reality, it just drags them into a cycle of dependence that makes it difficult for them to quit. The justification of acid is done by many, but it is difficult to deny that LSD has a huge amount of side effects that can put a person at great risk.

The Effects

The duration of LSD is no different than many other drugs, even though it is rumored to stay in your body forever. Yet, if someone has taken a trip within six months of taking a drug test, it is not guaranteed that they will pass. This begs the question: Is it worth it? There has also been discussion of many people having negative hallucinations that greatly impact them when they come back to reality. These people have reported violent episodes and hallucinations after the drug has worn off, causing them to make irrational choices that do not benefit anyone. Under LSD, no one is safe from drug tests, nor the negative effects of the drug.

The Danger

The legalization of LSD is not to be expected any time soon, as the effects of it have not been proven to be positive. In this day and age, it won’t even be legalized for medical use. Marijuana has taken that job, and has been legalized— for recreational and medical use— across many states in the nation. This legalization allows people to purchase it while knowing exactly what is in it, which is one of the biggest weaknesses in LSD and any other recreational drug in states that have nothing legalized. The drugs that a person buys on the street are not certified or checked.

They can be laced with anything, and have been known to have chemicals, such as rat poison. These can and will kill you.”

Many people don’t consider the negative possibilities and long term effects when they take a drug, and don’t understand how dire and long-lasting the effects can be. A drug that a person takes today can end their life before tomorrow, and everyone needs to be aware of what they put in their body. LSD seems to be the problem that won’t go away. Yet, regardless of what the drug is called, all people need to think about what they put in their system and the long term effects that accompany it.

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