How to take acid for the best experience is summarized in this blog post, Guide To LSD.
LSD was first synthesized in 1938 by the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann. While he was working for Sandoz laboratories researching compounds that would act as respiratory and circulatory stimulants.
While LSD is a synthetic substance and was created in a lab, it is derived from ergot.
This is a fungus that grows on rye and other grains. Ergot was used medicinally by midwives to help ease labor pains as early as the 1500s.
Individuals use LSD for both recreationally and therapeutic purposes.
What happens when you take LSD?
To some extent, the effects of LSD can be unpredictable, but the most common ones include alterations and/or enhanced sensory perception and changes in thought patterns.
People who are under the influence of LSD may experience visual and other sensory distortions, changes to their thought processes, as well as intense emotions such as euphoria. People have reported experiencing surprising or new insights while on the drug.
Research identifies a neural system, the Default Mode Network(DMN), that typically activates when a person is daydreaming. LSD and other psychedelics may interact with the DMN in producing the effects that occur while on the substance.
What Are the Different Forms of LSD?
LSD comes in several different forms. There are over 100 types of LSD on the market today. And they fall into four main categories: blotter paper, liquid solutions, tablets/microdots, and gelatin sheets. LSD on blotter paper is the most commonly found form of the substance
LSD blotter is typically divided into about 1/4″ squares referred to as “tabs”. The dose in a single tab may vary. You can expect the full LSD experience somewhere between 100-200 ug of LSD. We suggest lower doses when using LSD for the first time. Paper blotters are created by taking a sheet of absorbent paper and soaking it in a liquid dilution of LSD. The dosage can vary greatly from one batch to another. Because of the method used to make blotter tabs, there is no practical way to know the exact dosage of a particular tab. You either test it or see a chemist. Adjacent tabs on a sheet will usually contain very similar levels of LSD. How to take a tab of acid is covered in another blog on our website.
LSD is water-soluble and usually disssolves in alcohol or water. There are two main methods of taking liquid LSD. One way is to add it to a beverage and drink it. The second method, which requires more caution but produces a stronger effect on the body more quickly, is to place drops of the liquid underneath the tongue. A single drop of liquid LSD could be very strong so it’s important to measure your dose to avoid ingesting too much and to minimize undesirable effects.
Gelatin or Sugar Cubes
LSD in gelatin form is also known as “window panes”. It is made by mixing liquid LSD with gelatin and forming it into small, thin squares. Similarly, you can drop liquid LSD on sugar cubes.
Guide To LSD, When deciding on whether to take LSD or not, safety should be the number one priority. No matter the purpose for or method of taking LSD, one should take note of the following safety precautions:
- Avoid taking LSD if you are pregnant or have certain health conditions.
- Avoid taking LSD when taking medications that it may interact adversely with.
- Test your LSD. It is important to be 100% sure that what you’re ingesting is pure LSD. LSD and other psychedelic drugs, when purchased from non-reputable sources, can sometimes be mixed with other dangerous substances. Purchase LSD from a reputable source and test for purity.
- Have a sober trip sitter who is trusted and experienced in supporting psychedelic sessions.
LSD experiences can be incredibly unsettling at times, especially if moods are low or thoughts take a somber turn. So-called “bad trips” can happen at any time and even experienced LSD-takers are not entirely immune to their effects. To reduce the chances of having a challenging trip, take “set and setting” into consideration. Set and setting refer to the psychological, social, physical, and cultural parameters that are present during a psychedelic trip.
How Much LSD Should Someone Take? Guide To LSD
The appropriate amount and how to take acid will be dependent on the desired outcome. Dosage can vary depending on the type of LSD as well as where you source it from but generally falls into one of two categories: a full dose, or a microdose.
While there are no exact criteria for a full dose of LSD, and the dosage will likely differ in clinical settings versus recreational use, a full dose may range anywhere from 25ug to 200ug, with you feeling full effects somewhere between 100-200ug. A microgram is equal to one-millionth of a gram, or one-thousandth of a milligram. If a person is seeking to experience a psychedelic trip, a full dose can be used. When taking LSD for the first time, one should start on the lower end to gauge how much he needs to produce the effects he desire.
Microdosing is an alternative option for those who are not looking to experience a trip but would like to experience the health-related benefits of LSD. Microdosing has allowed people to explore some of the benefits of LSD without the fear and stigma that is typically associated with it. When done correctly, microdosing allows people to have a safe, therapeutic experience with perceived lasting benefits. Typically, a microdose is somewhere between one-tenth and one-twentieth of a full dose.
What Does an LSD Trip Feel Like?
A person’s unique body chemistry, as well as set and setting, plays a major role in how they experience the effects of LSD. Some people may have a stronger resistance to the drug and will experience less intense visions than others. As previously stated, many factors contribute to a personal experience with LSD, including dose, mindset, setting, and personal body chemistry. Some people may have a higher resistance to the drug and won’t experience visual effects as intensely as others.
Some people report that LSD helped them gain insight into themselves, their lives, and the nature of the universe. Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, has been quoted as saying that his experience with LSD was “one of the most profound experiences” of his life. Some people associate psychedelic substances with greater spiritual awareness. When the moods of both the person taking LSD and those around them are buoyant or contented, the LSD experience can be highly enjoyable.
One of the most difficult things about a trip is that it’s impossible to know when a bad trip might occur (although taking safety precautions mentioned above can greatly reduce the chances of challenging experiences).
How Long Does LSD Take to Kick In, and How Long Will It Last?
Because the effects of LSD are different for everyone, the amount of time it takes to feel the effects will vary from person to person. Some people may notice effects as soon as 10 and 40 minutes after ingestion, while for others, it could take up to two.hours. Pharmacological measures such as “peak plasma level”, or the time at which the most LSD is in your bloodstream is in the range of 90 minutes after ingestion, and the “half-life”, or time at which the blood level is one half of the dose you take, is about 2.5 hours.
Interestingly, the subjective effects will “peak” around 3-4 hours after ingestion, and effects can last anywhere from 8-16 hours. To add to LSD’s long duration, even when it wears off it is sometimes hard to fall asleep. For this reason, one should plan to take LSD on a day when there are no other responsibilities and there is no need to drive anywhere.
On a trip, the person’s perception of time can extend and distort, making them feel like they’re on a forever-long journey. People who know this ahead of time—and can remember that they WILL eventually return to their normal state of consciousness—are less likely to experience anxiety or a bad trip.
The Bottom Line
LSD is a substance and should be respected and treated seriously. Do not take LSD carelessly without proper preparation. When used appropriately and in a safe and secure setting, people can have positive, meaningful experiences. Remember to always obtain psychedelics from a trusted source and test for purity.