/*~The LSD Adventurer's Guide~*\
Spent a bunch of time on this for BLTC, so I archived it. Might as well post it here, too. This post is intended to answer the most popular and frequent questions asked about LSD, so hopefully people will actually give it a read. I formatted it as best I could to make it easy to read and navigate.
The effects, dosage, and duration sections below have been transcribed from The Erowid Vaults
for easy accessibility on here. Everything else was written by myself.
lysergic acid diethylamide
Common street terms: doses, cid, L, tabs, blotters
Oral LSD Dosages
- Total Duration 6 - 11 hrs
- Onset - 20 - 60 mins
- Coming Up - 15 - 30 mins
- Plateau - 3 - 6 hrs
- Coming Down - 3 - 5 hrs
- After Effects - 2 - 5 hrs
- Threshold 20 μg
- Light 25 - 75 μg
- Common 50 - 150 μg
- Strong 150 - 400 μg
- Heavy 400 + μg
- increase in energy (stimulation)
- increase in associative & creative thinking
- mood lift
- increased awareness & appreciation of music
- increased awareness of senses. (eating, drinking, smell)
- closed and open eye visuals
- profound life-changing spiritual experiences
- general change in consciousness (as with most psychoactives)
- pupil dilation
- difficulty focusing
- increased salivation and mucus production (causes coughing in some people)
- unusual body sensations (facial flushing, chills, goosebumps, body energy)
- unusual thoughts and speech
- change in perception of time
- quickly changing emotions (happiness, fear, gidiness, anxiety, anger, joy, irritation)
- slight increase in body temperature
- slight increase in heart rate
- tension, jaw tension
- increased perspiration
- dizziness, confusion
- over-awareness & over-sensitization to music and noise
- paranoia, fear, and panic
- unwanted and overwhelming feelings
- unwanted life-changing spiritual experiences
- Do not operate heavy machinery. Do Not Drive.
- Individuals currently in the midst of emotional or psychological upheaval in their everyday lives should be careful about choosing to use strong psychedelics such as LSD as they can trigger even more difficulty.
- Individuals with a family history of schizophrenia or early onset mental illness should be extremely careful because LSD is known to trigger latent psychological and mental problems.
- LSD can cause uterine contractions and is probably better avoided by women who are pregnant.
SET AND SETTING
SET AND SETTING
SET AND SETTING
SET AND SETTING
These two easy-to-follow rules are more important than any other. Essentially, your entire trip is affected by how you abide by these rules. Common sense and self-awareness should tell you the path to follow in order to have an amazing LSD experience.
This is mindset. This is mental preparation. Tripping with recent traumatic emotional problems or a history of family mental illness is not recommended, although this does not apply for everyone.
There are many ways of preparing your mind for a strong acid trip. Some people (myself included) like spending a few days a few days of relative tranquility and meditation before embarking, but there are many different methods of preparing yourself. You know you more than anyone else so finding one that suits you best shouldn't be difficult.
This is where the trip will take place. Sometimes the trip setting can even affect an experience much more than the person's mindset. Obviously you want to avoid anywhere that makes uncomfortable when sober. The most recommended setting for new trippers would be somewhere as personally comfortable as possible. Somewhere where you won't be confined to a single room, worry about any authoritative figures (parents, police...), or around certain people you simply don't get along with.
A large portion of LSD users prefer tripping in a setting where no sober people will be present. The reasoning behind this is that they are more often than not nothing more than a distraction. For one, if they don't know you're tripping, you're going to be worrying about them finding out. If they do
know you're tripping, a lot of people will do stupid shit that they think will "trip you out" or make you freak out, but usually fail miserably. It can get very annoying.
A personal ideal setting for me is secluded in nature. Somewhere large and open, where I won't feel confined -- which sometimes will give you a feeling of being 'trapped'. A lot of parks are big enough for that, but I live in the middle of nowhere, so that's never been a problem for me. Tripping in nature or in solidarity is where much of the spiritual aspects of acid will come into place, and you'll get most of your best thinking done here. It's especially nice since you won't have to worry about the possible mental disruptions stated earlier in both the Setting
Q: Should I take acid?
A: Check "set" section first. If you're intimidated by the drug and have a feeling of unease when considering tripping, you should wait until a time you're comfortable. These mindsets will most likely carry over into your trip and may trigger a panic attack.
Q: How strong is my acid?
A: Unless you know who laid the sheets or you laid the sheets yourself, there's no definitive way of knowing.
Q: How much should I take?
A: My personal
preference is more than 5, usually closer to 10. Keep in mind that's coming from someone with plenty of trips under his belt. For newcomers; If you know the blotters are strong 2-3 should be a good number to start with. If you've heard the blotters are relatively weak, 4-5 should be a good amount. Note that this does not apply to everyone -- you should take however many as you're comfortable with, as peoples' preferences with trip intensity vary greatly. Some people are even comfortable with taking a high dose for their first experience. Try to get as much information from anyone who may have taken the same acid.
Q: How should I take my acid?
A: The most common, and generally accepted as most effective, is under the tongue, between gum/lip, and pretty much anything in that range. Personally, I keep it there until the paper dissolves. Swallowing LSD is something you should avoid as acid and your stomach acids will not get along too well and the chemical will lose a bit of it's potential.
Q: Is my acid real?
A: LSD glows brightly when exposed to fluorescent light. Make it short - exposure to the UV light will start to damage the potency.
The only 100% way to check for that is to buy a test kit
Q: How do I store acid?
A: Sunlight and heat are your enemies. For long term storage, wrapping it in foil, putting it in an Rx bottle, and in the freezer will keep it as good as you can. Foil in general is probably the most common. Just keep it in a dark, dry, cool place and it'll be fine. I personally store mine in small glass amber vials which can easily be found online.
Q: Will acid show up on a drug test?
A: Drug tests that can detect LSD are very expensive and impractical for nearly all workplaces to conduct. Also, LSD is out of your system rather quickly, most likely less than a week (depending on your metabolism of course.)
Q: Will my tolerance to acid build?
A: Tolerance builds, but generally it only lasts a few days. It's best to wait about a week between trips, anyway. LSD abuse will take it's toll.
Q: What if I have a bad trip?
A: If you follow the set and setting guidelines, there's a very slim chance of this happening. If you're worried about it though, keep benzos on hand if possible. They're a good way to calm someone down when they're having too intense of a trip. Also, leaving them alone can
be a good idea. Ask them if they'd like to be alone, and just tell them to call on you if they need you. During the comedown sometimes I like having a few beers on hand to help settle my mind.
Q: What's HPPD?
A: Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder. "It's a disorder characterized by a continual presence of visual disturbances that are reminiscent of those generated by the ingestion of hallucinogenic substances.
Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halluci...ption_disorder
Many people confuse this with flashbacks, but they're two different things.
Q: How much should acid cost?
A: This all depends on knowing the right people or who you get it from. You can find it as low as $200 for a sheet, but (unfortunately) it's not very uncommon to run as high as $10-20 a hit in areas of high demand.
Q: How big are blotters supposed to be?
A: Almost all of the paper blotters I've personally come across were 1/4 inch squares (1/2 cm.) Just like everything, this also varies.
Q: What should I do on acid?
A: Everyone is different. Everyone has their own preferences, however my own personal favorites:
- Listening to music and/or playing instruments (alone or jamming with friends)
- Watching fire
- Star gazing
- Ride a bike (medium doses)
- Trees, the outdoors
- Any form of drawing
- Sensory deprivation meditation. Laying down in a dark room with either earplugs in or listening to music on headphones.
- Inspecting things close up. Anything that grabs your interest.
- "Trippy" lights. Lava lamps, glitter lamps, plasma balls, laser lamps -- anything goes. There's some really cool stuff out there for this. Some of the links in the following post will have tons of light-up eye-candy to buy.
- EXPLORE YOUR MIND. Your trip is only limited by your imagination, so let your imagination run wild.
Q: What should I bring/have for my acid trip?
A: There are a few things that I would deem necessary. These apply particularly to outdoor tripping.
- Water/hydration. You should bring more than you think you'll need. Try to avoid soda and soft drinks and stick more to organic and natural fluids.
- Nutrients. Fruit is particularly great, so grab a few of your favorites. Fruit always comes with me, but others will have their own preferences. What I like about fruit is they taste awesome, have essential nutrients in them, and are largely made up of water so they'll quench your thirst as the same time.
- Cell phones, but ONLY
for emergencies. Turn them off for the trip. Turn them on if only if you need them.
- Large blanket to lay/sit on
- A sweater/hoodie/warm blanket if there's a chance of it getting cold.
- Flashlight if it will get dark
- Portable music if at possible. Instruments, mp3 players or whatever.
- Chewing gum
- Weed, smoking/vaping implement or rolling papers.
- Cigarettes, if you smoke them. You'll likely be going through a lot.
- Nitrous if you're into it. Kicks your trip into super overdrive for a short time. Certainly not a necessity by any means; I would actually recommend avoiding it for your first few experiences.
Tihkal entry http://www.hallucinogens.com/lsd/
Albert Hofmann links:
Hofmann Foundation http://www.hofmann.org/
Tripping input from the community:
OP Final Words
- The above and below information is not how everyone's experience will go, and some people may not enjoy LSD to this extent.
LSD should be handled with care. It's a very potent psychedelic that, when taken in the right amounts with the right set and setting, can have a profound, permanent change on someone's thinking and perspective. This is not a drug you should get into for the sole purpose of 'getting fucked up'. Yes, it's a very fun drug, but when you abuse it and are naive to how powerful it can be, things might go awry.
When tripping, being alone or only with others who are tripping will generally be the way I go. Non-trippers can be a huge detriment to the trip and, in my opinion, should be avoided. Leave them and go keep your mind company. The only exceptions I make are music festivals, and that's okay because everyone is tripping
Be careful. Treat the drug with respect and it will treat you with respect. Carelessly fuck around with it and it can show you how powerful it truly is in a very negative way. LSD is the key to the hallway of locked doors in your mind, and it's something that can be of great use to a person.
LSD is more of a tool for the mind rather than the mainstream society's view of 'drugs'. It can promote self betterment, and can be a good tool for helping you work some things out. That's not to say it's the answer to everything -- but it can be the answer to a lot of things. LSD will motivate you into becoming who you really are -- something that many will never realize. Examining yourself from a higher perspective can show you more about yourself in 12 hours than you've learned in your entire life. LSD can make you a happier person. LSD can calm your soul. LSD will show you yourself. As with all drugs, treat it with utmost respect.
Trip safe, happy trails, and peace and love.