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L.S.D. is the shortened name for Lysergic Acid Diethylamide. Like other hallucinogenic drugs, L.S.D. causes profound alterations in sensation, mood, and consciousness that may involve the senses of hearing, touching, smelling or tasting. L.S.D. induces a state of excitation of the central nervous system, manifested by alterations of mood, usually a euphoria. However, the mood change may be marked by a deep depression.

Hallucinogens such as L.S.D. cause distortions of time and space. The user may report “seeing” sound, or “hearing” colors; occasionally the depression and/or depersonalization may be so pronounced that suicide becomes a danger. However, generally speaking, the greatest danger to the L.S.D. user is impaired judgment, which may lead to rash decision and accidents.

L.S.D. is produced in clandestine laboratories from lysergic acid, which in turn is derived either from the ergot fungus which grows on rye or from lysergic acid amide, a chemical found in morning glory seeds. It was first synthesized in 1938, but abuse reached a peak in the 1960’s. The popularity of L.S.D. diminished considerably in the 1970’s but Drug Agents report a resurgence of the drug’s abuse.

Sometimes found in a liquid form, tiny drops of the drug can be put on aspirin or other tablets or pills, or dissolved onto sugar cubes. The most common form of the drug in Oklahoma is on “blotter paper” which means tiny amounts of the drug are absorbed onto squares of paper about the size of a finger nail. These may be blank, or they may have pictures ranging form cartoon characters, to eye balls, sperms, eight balls, angels, etc. Postage stamps or lick-and-stick tattoos may also be impregnated with L.S.D. although this is very uncommon.

While the duration of the acid “trip” varies greatly, large doses can sustain a user for eight to twelve hours. No withdrawal symptoms have been observed, however, overdose can lead to convulsion, coma and death. Also, many users who have been off the drug for several years report having hallucinogenic “flashbacks”. Many long-term problems from L.S.D. use are still unknown.

On the streets, a dosage unit of L.S.D. sells for $3.00 to $5.00. Street names include Acid, ?Cid, Cubes, Sugar, Microdot, Blotter Acid, Blotter, Dragon Acid, Disney Productions, Window Pains, and Woodstock.