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LSD

• The psychedelic effects of LSD were discovered by Albert Hofmann in 1943. From the 1960s until its prohibition it circulated in alternative cultures and in experimental psychotherapy.

• LSD is mostly ingested in the form of blotter acid or "trips", though it can also be absorbed through the skin. Depending on the dosage, the effect lasts 8 to 20 hours.

• At low dosages sensations are intensified and the sense of time and space is altered. Adverse effects can include a sense of vertigo and unease.

• In the extreme case, one's perception is totally altered and the boundaries of personal identity may be dissolved. The concept of reality and meaning is thereby fundamentally affected.

• LSD is a psychedelic ("mind manifesting") substance. Feelings and experiences that are repressed and hidden in the unconscious can be accessed and expressed through its use.

• In this sense, LSD causes neither positive nor negative feelings but only opens doors to rooms that are not yet present in the respective person.

• The use of LSD is then potentially liberating. However, various people have problems integrating the experience.

• Access to existing negative feelings can cause distress, anxieties and disturbing images. The risk of depressing feelings is especially high in crowded locations.

• In case of a disposition the use of LSD may contribute to the outbreak of psychoses.

• A subsequent recurrence of the psychedelic experience is possible. These so called "flashbacks" may be triggered by unconscious memories.


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