In some cases, people will take drugs because they give them a burst of energy and leave them feeling happy. Others abuse drugs because of their relaxing effects. Still, others will take drugs because of their mind-altering and psychedelic effects. Acid is one such drug whose hallucinogenic properties have some people coming back for more.
LSD also commonly referred to as just acid is a hallucinogenic drug that alters the user’s perception and often leads to intense hallucinations. Those who are high off LSD and experiencing such a psychedelic experience are often referred to as being on an acid trip.
The acid trip experience is different for everyone and can range from highly enjoyable to incredibly uncomfortable. Users report that an LSD trip, in particular, may include time distortion and a pleasant epiphany about themselves or life in general. In other cases, people who have a negative experience on LSD are said to have a bad trip.
Hallucinations from LSD are common, but different for everyone. How long an acid trip lasts will depend on a variety of factors including the dose, tolerance, other substances present in the system, and the mental health of the person taking LSD. In general, an acid trip will begin shortly after administration and peak after two to four hours. After around 12 hours the effects of LSD will start to drastically decline, but they may not fully disappear for 24 hours. Between 12 and 24 hours is also when negative acute effects like trouble concentrating, headaches, dizziness, imbalance, and nausea are most common.1
While the effects of acid will wear off within a day, there are cases of rebound LSD hallucinations among users even years after last taking the drug. Although the person may not be on acid at the time, they will feel like they are on an acid trip and experience hallucinations similar to those that they had before while under the influence of LSD. This is also known as Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder.
The only way to prevent or stop an acid trip is to not to take LSD in the first place. Once the drug is already in your system, there is nothing that can be done to stop an acid trip; you have to wait for the effects to pass. If you are having a bad LSD trip, you should avoid taking other drugs or drinking alcohol, drink plenty of water, avoid overstimulating environments, go somewhere safe and familiar, and get help.
While LSD may seem like a fun drug to experiment with, it may also be accompanied by many dangers. If you or someone you care about is experimenting with drugs or any kind, get help. Our addiction treatment programs in Chicago help people with various substance abuse problems get clean.
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