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LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)

LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a hallucinogen that is commonly referred to as “acid.” It is manufactured from lysergic acid, which is made from a fungus that grows on rye and other grains. Pure LSD is a white, odorless, and slightly bitter crystalline powder. It is very potent: pure LSD the size of a small pill is enough for approximately 3,000 doses.

On the street, LSD is most often sold as “blotters” or “blotter acid”: small squares of LSD-soaked blotting paper (absorbent paper), each containing one individual dose of LSD. Blotters are often printed with colorful illustrations or cartoon characters. However, LSD can also be sold as a powder, as capsules or as tablets. LSD powder may also be sold as miniature powder pellets called “microdots.” LSD crystals are dissolved into liquid which can be sold in small breath freshener droppers or applied to sugar cubes, gelatin squares (“window panes”), gum, candy, cookies or even postage stamps.

Also known as: acid, back breaker, blotter acid, blotters, boomers, cid, dot, dots, mellow yellow, barrels, California sunshine, cube, domes, flats, frogs, lids, wedges, microdot, purple haze, hits, sid, tabs, trips, window pane, and yellow sunshine.

Physical effects of LSD may include:

    • numbness
    • increased blood pressure/heart rate
    • dizziness
    • dilated pupils
    • loss of appetite
    • dry mouth
    • chills
    • nausea
    • tremors
    • decreased coordination
    • weakness