LSD guide, use, effects, addiction, history, law.
LSD a very strong Hallucinogen.
Pink elephants flying in the sky, ants coming out your glass of milk
crawling all over you…Yes LSD is a very powerfull Hallucinogen,
can be a traumatic and terrifying experinece taken in the wrong conditions
with the wrong people.
Hallucinogens cause people to experience – you guessed it – hallucinations,
imagined experiences that seem real. The word “hallucinate”
comes from Latin words meaning, “to wander in the mind.”
No wonder some people refer to hallucinating as tripping.
The “trips” caused by hallucinogens can last for hours. Parts
of these trips can feel really good, and other parts can feel really terrible.
LSD was marketed as a psychiatric miracle drug, and
was shown to have great potential for use in psychedelic psychotherapy.
It first became popular recreationally among a small group of
mental health professionals such as psychiatrists and psychologists
during the 1950s, as well as by socially prominent and
politically powerful individuals such as Henry and Clare Boothe Luce.
Cold War era intelligence services were also keenly
interested in the possibilities of LSD, both for use in interrogation
and mind control (see MK-ULTRA), and also for large-scale social
engineering (see counterculture). Several mental health professionals,
notably Harvard psychology professors Drs. Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert
(later known as Ram Dass), became convinced of LSD’s potential
as a tool for spiritual growth. They were dismissed from the
traditional psychological community and spread LSD use to a
much wider portion of the public as countercultural spiritual
gurus among the hippies of the 1960s. The drug was banned in
the United States in 1967. Tours by psychedelic rock band The Grateful
Dead were identified by the DEA as a primary illicit distribution mechanism.
In the 1990s, LSD became popular in rave subculture. American
LSD usage declined sharply circa 2000 following the largest LSD manufacturing
raid in DEA history.