What does it look like?
LSD is usually sold as small squares of paper with pictures on them, known as tabs or blotters.
LSD can also be sold as a liquid or as tiny pellets, known as micro dots.
What does it taste/smell like?
Liquid LSD (often called liquid acid) has no taste at all. LSD tabs taste like the paper.
How do people take it?
- By swallowing it if it’s a tab or a pellet (micro dot)
- By dropping it onto the tongue if it’s liquid
- By dropping it onto food or into a drink if it’s liquid
LSD stands for its chemical name, lysergic acid diethylamide, and is commonly called acid.
It’s a powerful hallucinogenic drug, which means you’re likely to experience a distorted view of objects and reality if you take it. The experience of taking LSD is called tripping.
LSD trips can last several hours and can be very intense. Trips are often described as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ depending on whether the experience was enjoyable or distressing.
When you take LSD, there’s no way of knowing how you might feel or what kind of trip you’re going to go on. And once you start tripping it’s difficult to control the effects.
LSD can also be taken in very small amounts, and this is sometimes called micro-dosing.
How it feels
How does it make you feel?
For most people, the world appears distorted when they take LSD. Colours, sounds, objects and even time can all seem very strange and disturbing.
Taking LSD can make you feel:
- in awe of the people and things around you
It can also make you:
- see and hear things that aren’t there (hallucinate)
LSD feeds off your imagination so every person’s experience is unique.
How the trip goes will be affected by how much you take, your surroundings, who you’re with and how comfortable you are with them, as well as by your mood.
If you’re in a bad mood, feeling worried or depressed, the LSD might make those feelings worse.
How does it make people behave?
This depends on how much LSD the person has taken. If the person has taken a small dose of LSD you may not even notice they’re on it.
People on LSD might be quieter than usual as they’re so ‘in their heads’. Some people have trouble speaking when they’re on LSD.
People who take larger doses can act unpredictably. They can become fixated on certain things, emotional, paranoid or even aggressive.
How long the effects last and the drug stays in your system depends on how much you’ve taken, your size, whether you’ve eaten and what other drugs you may have also taken.
To kick in
Acid can take from 20 minutes to two hours to take effect, but it really depends on how much the user takes.
If you feel that you’re having, or are going to have, a bad trip, let your friends know and get their help. Go to a nice, quiet spot where you feel safe and can relax.
How long will it be detectable?
LSD will typically show up in a urine sample for 1 to 3 days.
How long a drug can be detected for depends on how much is taken and which testing kit is used. This is only a general guide.