LSD risks, social and health risks.
LSD: risks and danger
Physical dangers and Social dangers of LSD
Although LSD is generally considered nontoxic, other
dangers may arise from bad judgments made during the experience.
As with many drugs, while under the influence of LSD the ability to make
sensible judgments and understand common dangers can be impaired, making
the user susceptible to personal injury. If the user attempts to drive
a car or operate machinery, their impaired state may lead to accidents
There is also some indication that LSD may trigger a dissociative
fugue state in individuals who are taking certain classes of antidepressants
such as lithium and tricyclics. In such a state, the user has
an impulse to wander, and may not be aware of their actions, which can
lead to physical injury. MAOIs and SSRIs are believed to interact more
benignly, tending to diminish LSD’s subjective effects greatly.
There is also a commonly reported risk of “flashbacks”,
a psychological phenomenon in which an individual experiences an episode
of some of the subjective effects of LSD (this may be a positive or negative
experience) long after the drug has been consumed and worn off — sometimes
weeks or months afterward.
Flashbacks usually occur in people who use hallucinogens chronically
or have an underlying personality problem; however, otherwise healthy
people who use LSD occasionally may also have flashbacks. Bad
trips and flashbacks are only part of the risks of LSD use. LSD
users may manifest relatively long-lasting psychoses, such as
schizophrenia or severe depression. It is difficult to determine
the extent and mechanism of the LSD involvement in these illnesses.