Why is LSD Abuse Popular Among Teens?

The LSD drug is often hard for Minnesota teens to acquire, yet LSD side effects make it one of the most popular illicit drugs. What does LSD do to your brain? It is known for a sense of euphoria and unity with the world. This can seem to go on “forever” due to impaired time perception. The drug interferes with serotonin receptors in the brain that regulate impulsiveness.

Common LSD Street Names

  • Acid
  • Battery Acid
  • Boomers
  • California Sunshine
  • Cid
  • Doses
  • Blotters
  • Dots
  • Heavenly Blue
  • Hippie
  • Loony Toons
  • Lucy
  • Golden Dragon
  • Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
  • Pane
  • Purple Heart
  • Superman
  • Microdot
  • Tab
  • Yellow Sunshine
  • Zen
  • Window Pane

How is LSD Abused?

LSD usually comes in the form of a tab that is applied directly to the skin. It can also be mixed with sugar and dissolved on the tongue. Much more rarely, it is found in liquid form. Its newest forms include gelatin cubes and blotting paper (“blotters”).

Side effects of LSD, as well as the long-term effects, become more severe the more concentrated the drug is. In the most common tab form, it starts to work within about 20-90 minutes of contact. This delay can cause inexperienced users to overdose.

Overview of How the Drug is Abused


LSD is a potent, hallucinogenic drug that can cause users to see, hear, and experience things that aren’t there. A “bad trip” can happen at any dosage and includes impaired sense of identity, fear of losing control, terrifying thoughts or feelings, panic attacks, and more.

Warning Signs

Many physical effects happen with LSD. They include things that are easy to spot, such as dilated pupils, sweating or chills, dry mouth, and tremors. Users often have difficulty sleeping and may go for a long time without eating.

Long-Term Effects and Dangers of Abuse

Many LSD users experience flashbacks and hallucinations months or years after taking the drug. LSD withdrawal symptoms are relatively rare, but patients must be supported and prepared for flashbacks and severe mood changes. An LSD overdose is a medical emergency that often includes rapid heart rate, tremors, drowsiness, nausea, and diarrhea. Coma and death can result.

LSD Abuse Treatment: How Anthony Louis Center Helps Teens

LSD can create a severe psychological dependency that takes time to undo. Luckily, the physical effects are not usually severe if a teen receives immediate help. Through comprehensive treatment in a caring, medically supervised environment, it is possible to beat addiction.

At the Anthony Louis Center, our experts develop personalized treatment plans to help teens build confidence and coping strategies to equip them for a drug-free tomorrow. Find our centers throughout Minnesota. To discover more, contact us today.

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