Dear folks, My apologies for letting you wait a full damn month (or hell, I think even longer?) for a new lesson. This lesson, or however you prefer to name it, will handle information about LSD, as requested. Sorry for the folks that wanted DMT handled, it will be next, and sooner then this topic has taken to arrive, LOL. Anyway, let us begin! If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. —William Blake LSD is short for Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, most commonly known as: - LSD - LSD-2 - Acid It's chemical formula is: C20H25N3O LSD is a registered illegal psychedlic drug that was discovered and synthesised in 1938 by the Swedish Albert Hoffman, who was working on several medical projects. From that point, it took 5 years to find out about it's psychedelic features. During a experiment, Dr. Hoffman accidently spilled some LSD on his skin. Due to the extreme low ammount of LSD that you need to make it work (25 microgram), his skin absorbed more then enough and the drug had it's usage. Dr. Hoffman mentioned that he had to stop working and go home, and that when he was there he was in a "far from unpleasant mood" and was seeing all kinds of beautifull colors and shapes.. -- So what does LSD do? -- LSD gives you a very powerfull trip, normal things are becomming very interesting (like if you walk through the woods, you notice all kinds of beautifull or very scary details and spend alot of time on it). Usually, users see alot of colors, vibrations or distortions in the world around, however, with your eye's closed, it will show you all kinds of colors and if you take enough (or perhaps too much) you can temporarily loose your personality or get the experience that your mind is outside of your body. An interesting remark, or well... I think it is, is that music and sounds can be converted to distinctive colors (every sound has it's own color) while you are in the trip. This is caused by a phenomenon called "Synesthesia". If you want to know all about that, see wikipedia, but it amazes me that some people are _born_ with that, and actually always have this experience. But basically said, your senses are working together because a certain block is lifted on your cortex, connecting your senses to each other. (Or atleast, that is what I understood of it) Numbers and other characters can also be associated with colors. A also very well known effect is the feeling of being united with the universe or the nature, which is a very nice experience. -- Toxicity -- LSD is generally not really considered as very toxic. There is only 1 known death, which was a junky that though it was something else, and injected 320milligram of LSD, which is approximately 3200x the normal dose. The good part about LSD is that it only requires a very small ammount before it starts working (25 microgram) and the Lethal Dose (LD50) is set at 60 to 180 milligram, while a normal dose is between 80 en 300 microgram... basically making the chance on a accidental overdose very very small. However, even though it is not really toxic, it can cause permanent changes such as a temporary or chronic (can take years, or forever) that you see lines around objects, colors around them or distorted things. (For more information about that, see: Hallicunogen persisting perception disorder at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallucinogen_persisting_perception_disorder) With people with psychic problems, such as schizofrenia, borderline, depression or other conditions like that, it can cause psychoses. It has, however, never been prooven that LSD can *cause* a chronic psychic disorder, it can only trigger it with formentionned people. On a side-note, regarding flashbacks: It has never been prooven that this is true, but with some persons it occurs for weeks or months that you get flashbacks, often triggered by cannabis, insomnia or stress. The other flashbacks I talked about, see the wikipedia article about HPPD, the persisting visual problem. LSD is NOT addictive like some people claim, in fact, most people that use it dont do it for quite a while, because it's not necesarry and your body get's used to it very quickly, so it's no use. Most "experienced" users that do it "alot" only take a trip 2 or 3 times a year, and that satisfies them completely. -- How to take it? -- LSD comes, most commonly, in these 4 forms: - Blotter (papertrips): a tiny bit of paper, usually the size of a stamp that has a drop of LSD on it, you put that in your mouth, suck on it, and your body will take the LSD in. - Microdots: Very small pills with LSD in it. - Windopanes: LSD made into capsules - Drops: This is the substance of LSD that people usually put on blotters, but is now "dropped" directly on the tongue, hand or the ee of the user. In the beginning of the rise of LSD, LSD was often put on sugarcubes which was the typic way of selling it. Although not commonly done, LSD can also be injected. Funny to know is that Aldous Huxley (See: The doors of perception) asked to be injected with LSD while he was dieing. The most common way these days is on the blotters. However, you are never sure how much LSD is on one papertrip, therefor it is always recommend to first try a piece of the LSD you bought on the street before consuming all. What's very good about LSD is that the user basically has the guarantee that there are no other crappy substances on the papertrip that you dont want, unlike stuff like XTC pills, whom are often full with shit that you really dont want and can be harmfull to you. The story about blotters containing rat poision is bullshit, the letal dose of rat poison would never even fit on 1 blotter... However, the papertrips can contain other hallicunogenic substances that work in very small ammounts, therefor, if you buy it from someone you dont know, be carefull. -- LSD and the hippies -- LSD was used *ALOT* in the sixties. In some cases it was mixed through lemonde or whatever was available for drink, causing people that didnt know this to suddenly get a trip that could last for hours. The substance had alot of influence on the hippiemovemoent through people like Timothy Leary and the author Tom Wolfe, who in his book "The electric kool-aid acid test" describes how the LSD in the US in these days were used. People like Jerry Garcia didnt have the nickname "Captain Trips" for nothing. The Who recorded a song named "The Acid Queen" from the rockopera "Tommy". In this song, a woman in the opera tries to cure Tommy with a drug. Another group, Country Joe & the Fish, recorded "The Acid Commercial" on one of their records, to promote LSD. Many bands like the beatles were far from ashamed to show that they used it. Many people claim that the song "Lucy in the sky with diamons" refers to LSD, even though John Lennon always has denied this. -- Trivia -- - LSD is not addictive - MI6 once tried to use it, without succes, as a truth serum. - The american goverment gave it to employees of the CIA to study their reactions and responses, often without the knowledge of the subject. - Above 500 microgram, the trip does not change, although it can last longer - In the sixties, it is expected that only 2 or 3 people were responsible for the entire production of LSD in that time... this is because you dont need much of the drug for it to work, and it can be produced in big ammounts at the same time, so to QUOTE wikipedia: - Prior to October 6th, 1966, LSD was available legally in the US. - Usually, the day after eating it, people feel very good. The mind is clear, the senses are very sharp, and your breakfast tastes extroardinary nice! --- soooo? --- To put it straight, LSD is a great drug to use in my opinion, especially if you wish to experience nice things. However: - Always do it in a secure environment where you feel safe and where it is nice. - Have someone around that makes sure to watch you, because you can loose your rational thoughts or you can go bad - To go on about bad: You can get a bad trip which can be extremely scary, however, if you are in a good environment (and not constantly at the same spot) the chance on this is low, unless you have issues. - The trip cannot be stopped, so you can better trust it and fully go with the feeling and what the drug does to you, dont try to stop it or influence it, merely guide it. - PEOPLE WITH PSYCHIC PROBLEMS: !!!DO NOT USE!!! it is extremely dangerous. - Make sure you are free, influences from outside, such as a sudden high responsibility you have because you have to do something or something bad happened can trigger a bad trip... I suggest leaving your cell phone at home and make sure that you dont have anything you need to watch or feel guilty about. - DO NOT USE if you dont feel good, are depressed or if you are sad at the time you take it, this can, once more, trigger a bad trip. If you dont feel good, wait with it, be patient to the day you feel good, then take it, this will give you the most wonderfull trip. Making LSD yourself is quite difficult, if Skip agrees I can try to work out how to do it and put it here... Although, I really suggest you just pay some dollars and get it somewhere. If you dont know exactly what you are doing, you might create something you really dont want to take. Interesting links: http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/lsd/lsd.shtml http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LSD http://lsd.info/symposium/home-en?set_language=en&cl=en http://www.maps.org/research/cluster/psilo-lsd/ http://www.psychedelic-library.org/doors.htm -- END -- This is the end of this lesson, I hope that you did not find it boring, but rather inspiring and informational. Hope I learned you something today and that you liked it and didnt disappoint you after such a long wait! If there are any questions or comments: SHOOT! Also, if you notice some major spelling mistakes or if I accidently put something wrong, let me know. PLEASE SHARE YOUR TRIP EXPERIENCE IN THIS TOPIC IF YOU HAVE DONE IT BEFORE!!!