LSD Detection

Drug Testing For LSD

LSD, often called acid, is a hallucinogenic drug that is illegal. It affects your perceptions for several hours and is detectable on drug screening tests. Learn how long it will stay in your system affecting you and how long it can show up on toxicology drug screens.

How Long LSD (Acid) Affects You After a Dose

LSD is usually swallowed as a capsule or liquid or absorbed in your mouth on a paper square.

The common effects of LSD on body systems other than the sensory and mood effects are increased blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature, which can result in dry mouth and sweating. The user may feel dizzy or sleepy and have a loss of appetite and nausea. The effects on the muscular systems include numbness, weakness, and tremors.

While on an LSD acid trip, the user can have rapid emotional shifts, intensified and distorted sensory experiences, and changes in the perception of time. If a large dose of LSD is taken it can produce some very unpleasant effects, sometimes called a “bad trip.” But some users can experience a bad trip no matter what dosage they consumed. LSD can produce delusions and visual hallucinations, which can cause some users to panic. Users can experience severe, terrifying thoughts and feelings of despair, fear of losing control, or fear of insanity and death.

One long-term but the rare danger of LSD use is a condition called hallucinogen-induced persisting perceptual disorder (HPPD) in which flashbacks persist and produce distress or impairment for the user in social or occupational functioning.

If you are concerned about your LSD use, you can also contact the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 or utilize their online treatment locator to find treatment resources near you.