Lysergic acid diethylamide
|Legal Status||Class A|
Penalty for possession: Up to seven years in prison and / or an unlimited fine.
Penalty for dealing: Up to life in prison and / or an unlimited fine.
Lysergic acid diethylamide is an indole derivative that was first synthesized in 1938 by A. Hoffman of Sandoz Laboratories. It is a semi-synthetic drug that is chemically made from lysergic acid derived from Ergot, a grain fungus that typically grows on rye. There was an increase in the availability and use of LSD during the mid-1980s, along with other Psychedelic drugs like Ecstasy associated with the Rave scene.
Massive overdose is rare but may cause collapse, coma, vomiting, respiratory arrest and hyperthermia. Platelet dysfunction may occur causing mild, generalised bleeding tendency and polymorph leucocytosis. Rhabdomyolysis has been reported.
|Short Term Effects||
Adverse effects may include: Visual, auditory, tactile hallucinations, confusion, agitation, dilated pupils, tachycardia, tachypnea, mild hypertension, occasionally raised body temperature, twitching, flushing, lightheadedness, hyperreflexia, vomiting and diarrhoea. There is also the risk of unpredictable recurrence of hallucinations for weeks or months after the last dose. As an LSD experience can last between 6-12 hours - depending on dosage, Tolerance, body weight and age - this can feel like a very lengthy unpleasant experience.
|Long Term Effects||
Release or triggering of underlying psychological problems, Flashbacks.
Identified in Sweden: 7-chloro-5-(2-fluorophenyl)-1,3-dihydro-1,4-benzodiazepin-2-one (norfludiazepam). Norfludiazepam is a benzodiazepine and is structurally related to the internationally controlled substance diazepam.
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