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Drugs 101: Yes, a little LSD is all I need.

Author: Philippe
Posted: 29 May 2004

Ok everybody, I want you to relax and I want you to picture yourself in a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies. Can you picture it? Good, because this week it's time to delve into the facinating world of Acid.

LSD or Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (whew, no wonder people started coming up with street names for this shit) is a hallucinogenic drug originally derived from ergot (a fungus that grows on rye). The most common street name for this wonderful little package is Acid.

http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/~jmp/lsd_3d_mid.jpgWell, that's all well and good, but what, precisely, does it do? Essentially, it kills a few brain cells and makes you see some wacky shit. Sort of like beer, but with subtle differences. We call the experience a trip, and trips come in two varieties: the good ones and the bad ones. I'm sure you can infer which ones you're hoping to have.

Generally you get the drug via blotter paper, although the drug can also come in liquid, gel caps or pellets. A trip takes from about 20 minutes to an hour to start and can last anywhere from a couple of hours to about 12. A common mistake some people make is that they think it hasn't worked so they take more and find it's too much for them to handle. Some acid can take up to two hours to make itself known.

The trip itself is a very random one, as a trip will feed off of your imagination. One person can spend 12 hours on the aformentioned boat on a river (as our friends the Beatles did) while his buddy can take the same acid and spend 12 hours lost in their own paranoid fears. Expanded horizons indeed. How the trip goes depends on how much you've taken, who you are, how you're feeling, and how comfortable you are with the people you're hanging out with.

LSD can seemingly speed up and slow down time and movement through space. Colors and sounds can become distorted and weird. Whatever mood you happen to be in can get amplified. As an added bonus, LSD can be stored in fat cells in the body. Months or years later, if your body needs to burn through those cells because you haven't had lunch that day, you can be brought back to the last place you were when on the drug. Freaky shit, eh?

Yes, freaky indeed, but is it really all that bad for you?

http://diseyes.lycaeum.org/olo/lsd.gifThere's no real evidence to suggest that LSD does any permanent damage to your body. However, if you have a history of serious mental problems, acid can make them worse. And if you have a history of mental disorders in your family, it might be a bad idea to take acid, as it can bring underlying problems that you might have to the surface.

Then, of course, there's getting caught with acid. It's a Class A drug, which makes it illegal to have, give away, or sell. Depending on what state you're in and how much you have on you, you could be looking at up to seven years in prison. More if you're distributing.

Of course, with the current state of our courts, you probably won't get too screwed.

All in all, acid is a somewhat harmless drug. A good percentage of people I know have tried it, and they seem perfectly fine. As always, just don't go overboard with it and trust the person you're getting it from. Make sure you're in a safe place around people you trust and you'll be fine.

So that pretty much sums up acid. Tune in next week for another exciting venture into the illicit world of illegal drugs!

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