16 Interesting Facts About LSD

LSD or lysergic acid diethylamide is a man-made drug that has been abused since the 1960s. LSD produces delusions and visual hallucinations that distort the user’s sense of time and identity if consumed in a sufficiently large dose. It is sold as a liquid usually packed in small bottles or applied to blotter paper, sugar cubes, gelatin squares, and tablets. Here are some interesting facts about LSD.

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1. Street names

LSD is known by various street names like acid, trips, tabs, blotters, microdots, stars, white lightning, purple mike, blue mike, windows, superman, strawberries etc.
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2. Manufacturing the drug

Ergot

LSD is synthesized from lysergic acid that is found in ergot, a fungus which grows on rye and other grains. It was discovered in 1938 and presently is one of the most powerful mood-altering chemical.
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3. NASA experiments

spiderNASA in an experiment tried to intoxicate spiders with different drugs in order to see if they will still build an effective web or not. All of the drugs used on the spiders reduced their web regularity except for small doses of LSD. It actually increased their web regularity.
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4. LSD as a remedy

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LSD helped cure a holocaust survivor from Auschwitz’s PTSD and also helped him to sleep for the first time in 30 years without any nightmare.
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5. Discoveries due to tripping on LSD

As a result of tripping on LSD, 2 Nobel Prize winners succeeded in their award winning scientific discoveries. Also, as a part of a study when 26 scientists, engineers and people from other disciplines were given LSD they produced a space probe experiment designed to measure solar properties, a conceptual model of a photon, a new design for the vibratory microtome, and a linear electron accelerator beam-steering device.
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6. Treats Alcoholism

alcoholLSD is said to have successfully treated alcoholism. Since it is not addictive it is considered a safe way as an alcoholic won’t have to worry about substituting one addiction for another.
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7. Single largest manufacturer

Leonard pickard

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William Leonard Pickard is convicted to be the largest manufacturer of LSD in the history since, from 1991 to 2000, 90% LSD in the world was produced by him alone.
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8. Orgasmic effects of LSD

LSD simulates serotonin and endorphins among other chemicals in the brain which makes you elated and pleasured. The pathway between the sensory areas of the brain is also increased as a result of using LSD and therefore the person literally sees sounds or hears the feelings received by skin.
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9. Its non-toxic

Pink Elephants on ParadeUnlike alcohol, cigarettes and cannabis, LSD is non-toxic and doesn’t damage your body. Though it has earned a street name as destructive and corrosive as an acid, the fact is there has never been a single case of LSD overdose despite it being legal and easily available during the 60’s.
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10. Medicine for the soul

Albert Hofmann

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LSD has been described as “medicine for the soul” by its inventor- Albert Hofmann, a Swiss chemist in his book on LSD. In 1938 when he first manufactured LSD he ignored it as it didn’t produce the desired result but years later when he took its small dose he said he never felt better in his life as compared to what he experienced when he was tripping over LSD.
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11. Less is more

lsdAs compared to most drugs which take a minimum of a gram or two to be effective, LSD just takes a 100-200 million-th of a gram to send a person off on a deep trip to euphoria and hallucinations which may last up to 12 hours.
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12. Non-addictive

Unlike many other drugs which lead to addiction, LSD is physically a non-addictive drug. LSD is as addictive as a T.V; the only thing making you take it again is that you want to as opposed to the need to take it.
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13. MKULTRA

MKULTRA was a project led by US Army and the CIA during the 50s and 60s in an attempt to find a drug to control mind. At a point of time the project received 8% of CIA’s budget. Most of the researches were done on LSD.
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14. Merry Pranksters

merry pranksters‘Merry pranksters’ was a group led by Ken Kasey who was one among the thousand test subjects of MKULTRA project. Ken with his friends stole large amount of LSD and drove across the United States in a psychedelically colored bus. The group gave LSD to anyone who wanted to try it.
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15. Inexpensive

LSD (2)LSD is so powerful that only a small amount produces long lasting effects as opposed to other stimulants. Therefore, if measured in the extent of its affects, LSD is comparatively a cheaper drug.
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16. In pop culture

Beatles

LSD has had a huge impact on the pop culture as it is said to enhance creativity. Among its staunch advocates were “The Beatles”, Paul McCartney who said that it “opened his eyes”, Aldous Huxley, Hunter S. Thompson etc.
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