A Parent’s Guide to LSD

Lysergic acid diethylamide, more commonly known as LSD or Acid, is not one of the more popular street drugs. Popular or not, it is still a Schedule 1 controlled substance, meaning there is no legal way to get it. It comes in one of three forms, in general, either tabs from blotter paper, liquid or as a gelatin. The most common method of ingestion is oral, but it can also be put in the eyes.


LSD has both short term and long term effects and they are both physical and mental. Short-term physical effects include dilated pupils and increased body temperature, loss of appetite and dry mouth, among others. The mental side effects are more profound, including mood swings or multiple emotions at once at low doses and what can be incredibly disturbing hallucinations when used at a high dosage. These effects are greatly influenced by the user’s state of mind and the surroundings in which they use.


The long-term effects can be even more complicated. On the positive end, LSD does not create any compulsive desire for use in those who take it, making it a drug that is not classified as addictive. However, there is a well-publicized negative long-term effect: flashbacks. These are incidents where an individual will experience aspects of their high again without warning when they have not taken the drug. This effect can occur even a year after the actual use of the drug.


For parents that suspect their child might be using LSD, there are some signs that can be detected. Some are realistic methods of detection, some are not. Some of the more useful are dilated pupils, sweating and loss of appetite, especially when combined with rambling speech or incoherant speech. In the end though, the best way to tell is going to be a drug test, especially since these symptoms are shared by other, far more addictive drugs. Some risks just are not worth it.