Is LSD Really That Dangerous?
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Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, whether that’s
one of the best beatles songs of all time or just a weird song about LSD is up for debate.
But what is LSD and is it actually dangerous? Hey guys Julia here for DNews When you hear LSD you might think of a Beatles
song or a little piece of white paper that’ll take you on a trip, man. While both heralded
as a mind-expanding wonder drug or derided as dangerous and triggering delusions, LSD
holds some power in our collective imagination. But what is it? LSD is a derivative of ergot. If that’s
familiar to you, it’s because ergot is a fungus that frequently grows on rye and wheat.
And sometimes that’s baked into bread that people eat and some young girls start trippin
on the fungus and then suddenly the villagers decide to kill a whole bunch of people for
being witches. Seriously ergot probably caused the salem witch trials.
ANYWAYS in small doses, ergot was used as medicine
for centuries. It was used to aid childbirth to quicken delivery and stop bleeding afterwards. So naturally a pharmaceutical company looked
into it’s potential benefits in the early decades of the 20th century. One guy at the
company, chemist Albert Hofmann, was tasked with isolating the compounds and trying to
synthesize it by other means so that maybe it wouldn’t kill you. In 1938 he tried a few variations, but not
with much success. On a few animal experiments he noticed that one variation, Lysergic acid
diethylamide -25 or LSD-25 had a strange effect on the mice. They acted excited for some reason.
But still the company didn’t think much of the compound and mostly forgot about it.
Hofmann, however, couldn’t’ stop thinking about it and those excited animals. A few years later he tried to recreate the
compound. But one day, while working on it, he felt a little strange. He went home and
laid down. And well.. he tripped the heck out. But he couldn’t figure out what did
it- he knew it could be poisonous so he took extra precautions to avoid ingestion. So he
concluded that he absorbed a tiny tiny amount of LSD through his fingertips. So well…
he made the compound and proceeded to experiment on himself. And the rest, is history. LSD became a centerpiece of the counterculture
movement in the 60s after the patents expired. Millions saw it as a way to expand their spiritual
horizons. But soon, there was a cultural and literal crackdown on any sort of drug and
LSD became illegal in 1968. Since then it’s been really difficult to
study in a lab because of legal restrictions, I mean it’s hard to get funding for something
that’s technically illegal. It’s still classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration
as a Schedule I drug, labeling it one of the “most dangerous drugs” with “no currently
accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” But from early experiments and a few recent
ones, we know some things about the drug. It works in a few ways. One study published
in the journal Cell Press found that hallucinogens like LSD work on serotonin receptors in the
brain called 5-HT2A receptors (2ARs). While you might know serotonin as the “feel good
drug”, it actually has a number of uses in the brain. Clare Stanford, a psychopharmacologist at
University College London thinks that “serotonin helps keep a handle on perception and actually
stops us from hallucinating,”. So by blocking the serotonin receptors in your brain, your
brain just kind of loses its grip on perception. Or another idea, Andrew Sewell, a Yale psychiatrist
who studies psychedelic drugs, thinks that LSD enhances some part of your perception.
That such drugs lower activity in your thalamus. It sits in the center of your brain and filters
your sensory information from all your nerves. Sewell thinks that by dampening down this
filter, you become more aware of the information actually coming into your system. So sights
and sounds become louder or brighter, and you might start seeing things you never noticed
before. Or you might just start seeing things period. But anyways, is this mind altering
drug dangerous? Well, one study, published in the journal
Lancet found that it’s actually one of the least harmful drugs, both to the user and
to others. I mean when people do take it, they tend to be overly cautious, like being
aware that there’s a time and a place for it. Like festivals in the middle of a desert. And there’s no link between the drug and
mental illness, according to one study published in the journal Psychopharmacology and in fact
it might be beneficial for those who suffer from depression. Okay but before this sounds like a wonder
drug, there are some downsides. Like bad trips or one common charge aimed at the drug is
that it will induce “acid flashbacks”. Or the idea that the drug changes a person’s
brain so much that days, months, or years later, you’ll momentarily get the hallucinations
associated with the drug. Which in a recent case study published in the Israel Journal
of Psychiatry led to one person from ‘Alice in Wonderland Syndrome’. No he doesn’t keep
falling down rabbit holes, but he does keep seeing things and people as bigger or smaller
than they really are. But on the other hand one study published
in the journal Drug and Alcohol dependence concluded that such flashbacks or Hallucinogen
persisting perception disorder as it’s formally called, is incredibly rare. So either way it’s clear more research is
needed on this drug and in the past five years, more research is being greenlit so hopefully
we’ll have more to talk about in future DNews episodes.

'Lsd ' is the strongest hallucination- causing drug (on the planet). And It's higher doses could be potentially 'Fatal'. Also it's long term exposure leads to strong psychedelic effects on mind.

I hate the argument that more research is needed. Just stfu and drop a tab. Acid’s not bad for you and it never will be.

how often should i do acid? people are always telling me no more than 3 times a year because it fucks up your brain but i dont really believe that

LSD is very good. It’s helps very bad headaches very bad migraines .. ect makes you creative. Flash backs are not good tho. I’ve been on some holidayz went to the wizard of oz last week . I See toe toe and kicked him up the ass. Shagged dirty Dorthy …good times.. I hope that was her.?😯🤔

No it's not dangerous I did over 150 hits by age 18 and am currently 22 and suffer no adverse effects or flashbacks

I was raised in school to see Weed and LSD as more dangerous than Heroin, meth, ecstasy, alcohol and cocaine combined. Yeah sure Medical marijuana something sold as medicine is more dangerous than heroin a drug that can kill in one use that’s so true

Hours after my first trip I told myself I would stop gangbanging and start loving everyone, even though I didnt that's the thing that the government says we cant have

the Answer: IT dont have to dangerous ,you put it in ur mouth , you high af then u kill urself ,you are wrong ,not LSD

Lsd shows you who your real friends are , and shows you what are peoples intentions are. Its like you know what others next move are LSD changed my life IN A GOOD WAY

Don t do lsd … it will damage your brain forever …
already lost 3 friends (braindead vegetative state) one of him was 19… now his mother feeds him, wash him and stuff like that…DON T EVER EVER TAKE LSD
Maybe only the lucky ones can survive

U wanna expand your mind, hit the gym, go out doors so the brain can get some oxygen. Don’t rely on on artificial shit.

Lol whoever's said lsd is dangerous?
Drugs are tools. It's the stupid unenlightened retards that take them that spoil it.
Drugs amplify whatever you are. Idiots become total idiots

Luci in the sky with daimonds is not about lsd it is about a drawing that the KID of John Lennon drew

Is LSD dangerous? No, if you prepare yourself before taking it. Research a little bit. Listen to people who tripped on LSD, look at their experiences. If it's your first time taking LSD you should only use the half of one tab. Just to get slowly into it. The best trick while trippin is really just: Let it flow. Just go with it. Don't try to fight against feelings. Listen to good music (Good means Psychedelic Rock, trust me that's amazing while tripping!) and have a "Tripsitter". A Friend who takes care of you. Let your friend ask you questions like: How old are you, why are we here, what is the meaning of life and stuff like that. Writing song lyrics and painting crazy pictures is also fun. Happy tripping my dear friends. ☮️

ever since my first trip (and the few after) lights are permanently brighter and i have slight trails. But after a few weeks or so the trails go away but the lights haven't yet anyone else?

LSD Does not block serotonin receptors as an antagonist, instead it stimulates such receptors as an agonist. Serotonin does not keep us from hallucinating, if it did, LSD would be a boring antipsychotic

Lol bruh all y’all tripping, it her hair that creates the illusion that her neck is long. 😂😂 this freaking comment section is killing me . Don’t believe me put your thumb on her chest and see.

If you got heavy baggage like being a drag queen or a sex abuse victim, you might get a heavy trip… It might help you dump the junk.

I have to say that LSD was the most interesting drug I've done. From 1979 to around 19 89 I did it well over 200 times. Kept count till around 50 and that was 1980. If your not mental to begin with it's the safest drug out there, much safer than most drugs advertised on TV. The experiences I had on it were some of the most memorable of my life. Me and a few close friends loved to go camping and trip in nature. Listen to music on a portable 8 track lay back and let it flow. My advice to anyone trying it is to do it with close friends, at home or camping out away from other people and distraction. I have no regrets whatsoever doing it. Those days I'll never forget

For those fixated on her neck. Simple answer. Its an optical illusion. You can't see the exact point of where her neck and her shoulder meet. I tried it with my hair hanging down as hers is. My neck appears longer too. Please listen to her educational speech on LSD. Agree or Agree to Disagree, she definitely shares thoughts to think about. 🙂

Scientists: Hey we developed a drug that makes people peacefull and understanding, this could create world peace.
Goverment: its illegal now, if you touch it or make it your going to prison for a long time.

Yo what if lsd makes you see the real world and the government dosent want you to see that and oxygen is a government created drug that makes you see "normal" and thats why lsd is illegal🤔

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