Despite its use in several movies and its recurrent references in other forms of pop culture, it’s time to discuss some LSD facts and set the record straight. It was first made popular in the 1960s by the youth culture of the time as a byproduct of the MKULTRA research program. Since then, an intense debate between people that feel it should be banned and those that feel the drug may have beneficial uses in psychiatric and medicinal trials has been ongoing. Research into the effects and usage of this drug as a treatment only began once more back in 2009, nearly 35 years after it was first restricted from experimental use.
Some other LSD facts that are important to know are that the drug has a lot of potential side effects that can occur. The most famous of this is the “bad trip.” Being a hallucinogen, of course it can cause one to experience panic attacks or create elevated instances of fear and anxiety. There is even some preliminary evidence that chronic usage can alter gene expression in the brain. This means that this drug could damage the body permanently if used over a prolonged period, by changing the way that the genetic code is read. Thankfully, it requires truly serious use of the drug over a very long time to induce these sorts of changes.
These LSD facts were intended to allow people to read and understand that this drug is dangerous, and despite the place that it holds in pop culture, it is not meant for recreational use. It is a very potent drug, only needing very small amounts to induce its psychotropic effects. It can be very easy to overdose when using this drug. Death is not known to occur, but the experience has been shown to be unpleasant. However, with the new studies that are being conducted, any of the potential medical uses can be verified and the drug can be utilized by the professionals that need to have access to it so they can help people with psychiatric disorders or other health problems.