WHAT IS AN HALLUCINOGEN?

Hallucinogens are drugs that cause hallucinations. Users see images, hear sounds and feel sensations that seem very real but do not exist. Some hallucinogens also produce sudden and unpredictable changes in the mood of those who use them.

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At the age of 16 I was introduced to a drug that I abused for over three years—LSD. What I was unaware of was the fact that LSD is the most potent hallucinogen known to man.

“The drug came on a small piece of paper no bigger than my index finger, called a blotter. Fifteen minutes after putting the paper on my tongue my entire body got hot and I began to sweat.

“Some other reactions that I experienced while on the drug included dilated pupils, nausea and ‘goose bumps.’ While high on LSD I felt like there was a huge distortion both in my mind and body. The visual changes as well as the extreme changes in mood were like some strange scary trip—one in which I felt like I had no control over my mind and body.” —Edith


STREET NAMES

LSD

Acid

Battery acid

Blotter

Boomers

California Sunshine

Cid

Doses

Dots

Golden Dragon

Heavenly Blue

Hippie

Loony toons

Lucy in the sky with diamonds

Microdot

Pane

Purple Heart

Superman

Tab

Window pane

Yellow sunshine

Zen