Albert Hofmann, a chemist in Switzerland, synthesized LSD looking for a blood stimulant. However its hallucinogenic effects were unknown until 1943 when Hofmann accidentally consumed some LSD.
Myths about LSD
MKULTRA, a secret government project, lead many to believe LSD can cause psychosis and can be used as a truth serum.
LSD cannot give you more brain cells, and does not kill brain cells.
LSD disrupts how your nerve cells and the neurotransmitter serotonin interact throughout the brain and spinal cord.
Can treat narcotic addiction, alcoholism
- The effects of using LSD are unpredictable and depend upon the amount taken, the surroundings in which the drug is used, and the user's personality, mood, and expectations.
- Some LSD users experience feeling of despair, others report terrifying fears--of losing control, going insane, or dying. Some suffer fatal accidents while under the influence of LSD.
LSD is illegal. LSD is a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and serve no legitimate medical purpose.
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 nightmares.
No physical withdrawal symptoms, mostly psychological. Examples are "Flashbacks," when the LSD user experiences a short "trip" long after the effects have worn off. They can be triggered by stress,sleepiness, or other drugs such as cannabis.