Can You Get Addicted to Acid?

Acid is not addictive. This is because unlike other recreational drugs acid doesn’t produce the compulsive drug seeking behaviors in its users. Acid stays in the system for up to 5 days after taking the dose. While it is not possible to get addicted to Acid, it is possible to develop a tolerance to it.

What is Acid?

A synthetic drug manufactured from lysergic acid and diethylamide, Acid is also known as LSD. The drug is usually sold in liquid form or applied to sugar cubes, candy or gelatin squares. Sometimes it is taken as a tablet. Acid is taken orally, and is odorless and colorless.

Acid is a powerful hallucinogenic that takes the user on an ‘acid trip’ where the individual’s senses and reality are altered. When abusing Acid, the user can believe that they are having an intense spiritual experience.

Causes of Acid Dependency

As mentioned previously, Acid is not a physically addictive drug. Using Acid does not cause brain damage. It has a very low level of toxicity and there are no withdrawal symptoms. Acid has a rapid build up which diminishes after a few days.

That being said, Acid can be psychologically addictive. The user becomes addicted to the spiritual experience, or the sounds they hear and the visions they see.

Signs of Acid Use and Dependency

Individuals who are high on LSD exhibit several different signs. When an individual is high on Acid they are considered to be on an acid trip and having a spiritual experience. This trip can be a good or bad incident, depending on various factors, such as:

  • Previous experiences
  • Mood
  • Strength of dose
  • Physical environment

The user will usually exhibit one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Changes in personality
  • Euphoria
  • Increase or loss of appetite
  • Increased heart rate
  • Distortion in perception

More Dangers of Acid use

Each user is affected differently by LSD. Of course the risk of negative effects increases with larger doses. But the effects of acid vary widely, and there’s no way to tell how it will affect a particular individual. Flashbacks are also a part of the Acid user’s experience where they can re-experience parts of a prior acid trip. A flashback can happen years later and can be a traumatic experience. Permanent psychological problems like schizophrenia and depression can also be triggered by LSD use.

Most Acid users are voluntarily discontinue or reduce their use of the drug over time. Hence the belief that medical professionals hold that it is not possible to become addicted to Acid.

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