When most people hear LSD, they think of peace-loving hippies and 1960s counterculture. Nowadays, this seems to be a pretty far stretch from who we consider typical LSD users today: anyone and everyone.
From Silicon Valley to the music industry, passing by Wall Street, an ever-growing number of people from different backgrounds and professions are turning to LSD as a way to unlock their creativity, uncover tranquility and simply have better experiences.
This guide will take you through the basics of LSD, its effects, and how it might be useful in terms of achieving certain goals, for personal growth, or simply recreationally. We hope it will provide everything you need to go out there and safely experiment with LSD on your own.
What Is LSD?
Standing for ‘Lysergic Acid Diethylamide,’ LSD is a man-made chemical compound with a history of being used by humans for spiritual self-discovery. More precisely, it is a psychedelic drug that alters the perception of the senses and cognitive thinking for between 6 to 12 hours.
We can find LSD in a variety of forms, from blotter paper that users place underneath their tongue to pure liquid LSD, which is sometimes dropped onto sugar cubes or ingested directly with a dropper.
The chemical structure of LSD is somewhat similar to that of serotonin, a naturally-occurring neurotransmitter in our brain that sends signals between neurons and helps regulate mood, sleep, memory, and learning. It was first synthesized in 1938 by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, investigating the structure of the fungus ergot ( Claviceps purpurea), which causes conditions like convulsive ergotism (poisoning).
The rest, as they say, is history. LSD was used in psychotherapy during the 1950s and early 1960s until it was made illegal in 1968 due to its popularity among experimenting hippies and artists.
What Does It Feel Like To Take LSD?
When somebody takes LSD, initially, there are feelings of heightened energy and the familiar ‘rush’ associated with taking any hallucinogen. This is followed by a sense of euphoria, time distortion, visual hallucinations, intensified sensory awareness, and sometimes paranoia or panic attacks if somebody becomes anxious due to feeling out of control.
LSD also affects the brain’s “reward” system by flooding dopamine in areas like the nucleus accumbens, which plays a role in sexual arousal and the feeling of pleasure when you eat or have sex. This is why some people tend to feel euphoric while on LSD.
There are no physical after-effects or withdrawal symptoms, but the psychological after-effects are unpredictable.
What is a bad trip?
If you’re already feeling anxious, LSD can magnify your fears and stretch them out. If combined with depression, the user’s feelings of self-doubt and worthlessness might deepen into a long episode of depression, leading to inescapable thought loops and an overall feeling of dread.
Some users report feeling “flashbacks” of hallucinations long after the bad trip ends, long after the drug wears off. These flashbacks usually only happen to those who use them frequently, but they are still quite rare even then.
What is a good/positive trip on LSD like?
The experience of tripping on LSD can be very different depending on the environment you’re in and if there’s someone else with you to comfort you. Generally, a positive experience is one where the user feels no anxiety at all and surrenders to the experience and their surroundings.
One of the most common experiences is having a heightened awareness of colors, sounds, feelings, and the sense that everything is connected somehow.
What is set and setting?
To have a positive experience, it helps to be in a comfortable environment with someone you feel safe around – it’s important to have a “set and setting, ” a phrase often used by psychedelic users.
Set refers to your mindset, how you’re feeling at the time, and your intentions for using LSD. You don’t want to take psychedelics if you’re grieving, going through a breakup, or anything else that would amplify the anxiety or bad trip.
Set also includes your fears, which are amplified by psychedelics. If you’re scared of death, for example, LSD might make you feel like it’s actually happening when in reality, there is no evidence to suggest that one can die from taking psychedelics alone.
Setting refers to the environment you take psychedelics in. For somebody who doesn’t like loud music or bright lights, it might help to listen to some mellow music or sit in a candlelit room while you’re tripping balls inside your head. This is especially important for something like LSD, which can intensify your senses and make everything feel more intense.
How To Use LSD For Mental Health?
Whether you’re using LSD to help heal an illness, gain self-discovery, or simply want to go out there and have fun with it – it’s important to remember that psychedelics are powerful chemicals that can be dangerous if not treated with respect.
Having a purpose or intent can help you get the most out of your LSD experience.
If you’re using it to treat mental health issues, make sure you have somebody with you in case something goes wrong. Consider fasting beforehand if you’re using this for spiritual exploration, so nothing interrupts your trip.
A typical dose of LSD is about 100ug. This is a great dose for first-timers who don’t want to get overwhelmed. More experienced users can take more at their discretion. When you buy a tab of LSD, it can be challenging to split the dose equally.
But you can dissolve a tab of LSD in vodka or pure water, giving you a solution from which you can take from. You can use a syringe or dispenser for this purpose, with most users using a 5-10cc syringe to measure out their tiny dose.
This brings us to microdosing, a growing trend among psychedelics users. Microdosing means taking a tiny dose several times throughout the week, usually 1/10th to 1/20th of a normal dose.
Microdosing can have similar benefits as full-dose tripping, but it’s easier to manage. A microdose is just enough for you to feel some subtle effects like your mind is just a little bit sharper, but you shouldn’t be high. It can also help you feel more creative and inspired to work on projects without getting distracted by the “buzz” of psychedelics.
Where to Find LSD in Canada?
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