How To Take LSD
Eden Loi · August 23rd, 2018
Disclaimer: this article is intended as harm reduction advice. We do not condone illegal activities. Always check your local laws.
Tabs, doses, drops.
Leary, Lennon, MKUltra.
Lysergic acid diethylamide, the psychedelic poster child, has a rich history surrounded by mystery and myth. First synthesized by Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann in the 1930’s, LSD quickly spread into the streets and developed a reputation as a substance like no other.
Less than fifty years after its synthesis, acid had already reached and influenced figures that would change the world, including legendary artists, philosophers, educators, scientists, inventors, businessmen, athletes, and doctors.
LSD played a paramount role in ushering the psychedelic revolution of the 1960’s and 70’s, which influenced millions to revolt against the status quo, and caused waves that are still rippling through our society today. It’s a potent psychedelic, known to shift perspectives, kill egos, and sometimes completely change lives.
Before you take LSD, you should be sure that it’s what you want to do. Educate yourself on the risks, and the best ways to minimize them. The Third Wave offers many resources the help you make the safest decisions.
There are different forms of LSD
In your search for the psychedelic candy, you might encounter LSD in a number of different forms.
In its most immediate form, LSD exists as the crystalline result of the reaction between diethylamine and lysergic acid. After mixing or dissolving, it turns into an ingestible liquid. Unless you are making it yourself, a vial of liquid LSD is all pure as it will come and as pure as you’ll want it.
However, LSD mostly comes as a “tab”. People make tabs by dropping a set dose amount of liquid acid onto a sheet of perforated blotting paper. Liquid acid can be dropped on just about anything, though, so a “tab” might also look like a small bit of gelatin, a sugar cube, gummy candies, even cookies.
For the user, the main difference between these forms is that tabs will probably give you more control over your dosage amount. Even a tiny piece of blotter paper is easier to cut than a drop of LSD is to split or measure out into micrograms.
Other than that, issues regarding freshness or potency will depend more on a reliable source than a specific liquid or tab form.
Ingestion is Straightforward
Oral ingestion is the safest, most direct way to ingest acid. Usually, people recommend taking it sublingually, or under the tongue. Some might find this experience uncomfortable, especially if using a thicker or wider tab. People prescribe different amounts of time to keep the acid under the tongue.
There’s no need to get caught up in the specifics. Holding a tab under your tongue for 15 minutes instead of 45 won’t profoundly alter your trip. Personally, I just swallow it, without holding it sublingually at all. I haven’t noticed any difference.
One reason you might want to keep it under your tongue though, especially if it’s your first time trying a particular batch, is to taste and test the acid. Or more accurately, you’ll want to not taste the acid.
LSD shouldn’t leave any test in your mouth, nor any sense of numbness or bitterness. If you taste something metallic, bitter, or numbing, there’s a good chance it’s not LSD. Sometimes people will sell LSD imitations, which are still psychedelic, though present a risk of toxicity. The best way to be sure that you are taking pure LSD is to purchase a test kit, such as the kits available at Test Kit Plus.
An important thing to consider when dosing LSD is what kind of experience you want. Depending on the amount, it can feel like you are using an entirely different substance.
Before ingestion, it is worthwhile to ask yourself a few questions about your upcoming trip. What are you seeking? What do you have to do for the rest of the day? What is your current emotional state?
At one end you can take small, sub-perceptual microdoses. A microdose can be safely and productively used several times a week for relatively long periods of time. People microdose at work, school, and social functions. You can learn a lot more about microdosing here, including information about specific dosage amounts, benefits and risks, and the science behind how it works.
At the other end, you might decide to take a full dose. If it’s your first time, you should set aside your whole day, as well as plenty of space, to experience the trip. Hallucinations, uncontrollable laughter, and speaking in gibberish are all possible after taking a full dose of LSD. You can read more about what to expect from an LSD trip here.
Microdosing and full doses are still relative terms, and LSD has a full spectrum available for exploration. The potency of the experience depends on a lot of factors and will vary with each individual. To find your sweet spot for dosing, keep in mind some simple advice: be curious, but stay cautious.
Whether or not you take drops or tabs, a full dose or a microdose, you should always expect the unexpected after taking a psychedelic like LSD. It’s simple prudence. You never can be SURE of how things will go, and it’s a part of the experience you should try to enjoy. Still, there are things you can do to ensure a safe and insightful trip. You may want to familiarize yourself with the 6 S’s and how they will help you thoroughly prepare for a psychedelic journey. You can also prepare yourself in the event of encountering anxious or paranoid thoughts during the experience.
After your trip ends, you might feel any combination of grateful, lost, overwhelmed, enthused, or anxious. These feelings, and what you do about them, are just as important as what you encounter in the midst your trip. Take some time to reflect on your experience, what you learned from it, and how to implement those lessons in your daily life. Find a psychedelic community to share with and learn from. Learn from your trip, even if it was terrible.
If you are interested in taking LSD and this article only made you more curious, check out The Third Wave’s full guide on LSD, which includes thorough information on its history, pharmacology, effects, and different uses.
LSD is coming out of its mythological background, into the light of modern understanding. You can take LSD safely and responsibly and here's how.
Do you swallow the acid paper
- Paper Mushrooms
- Micro Dot
- Liquid Acid
- Lightning Flash
A chemical hallucinogen usually sold as small squares of paper, a liquid, or pellets (micro-dots)
How it looks, tastes and smells
What does it look like?
LSD is usually sold as small squares of paper with pictures on them, known as tabs or blotters.
LSD can also be sold as a liquid or as tiny pellets, known as micro dots.
What does it taste/smell like?
Liquid LSD (often called liquid acid) has no taste at all. LSD tabs taste like the paper.
How do people take it?
- By swallowing it if it’s a tab or a pellet (micro dot)
- By dropping it onto the tongue if it’s liquid
- By dropping it onto food or into a drink if it’s liquid
LSD stands for its chemical name, lysergic acid diethylamide, and is commonly called acid.
It’s a powerful hallucinogenic drug, which means you’re likely to experience a distorted view of objects and reality if you take it. The experience of taking LSD is called tripping.
LSD trips can last several hours and can be very intense. Trips are often described as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ depending on whether the experience was enjoyable or distressing.
When you take LSD, there’s no way of knowing how you might feel or what kind of trip you’re going to go on. And once you start tripping it’s difficult to control the effects.
LSD can also be taken in very small amounts, and this is sometimes called micro-dosing.
How it feels
How does it make you feel?
For most people, the world appears distorted when they take LSD. Colours, sounds, objects and even time can all seem very strange and disturbing.
Taking LSD can make you feel:
- in awe of the people and things around you
It can also make you:
- see and hear things that aren’t there (hallucinate)
LSD feeds off your imagination so every person’s experience is unique.
How the trip goes will be affected by how much you take, your surroundings, who you’re with and how comfortable you are with them, as well as by your mood.
If you’re in a bad mood, feeling worried or depressed, the LSD might make those feelings worse.
How does it make people behave?
This depends on how much LSD the person has taken. If the person has taken a small dose of LSD you may not even notice they’re on it.
People on LSD might be quieter than usual as they’re so ‘in their heads’. Some people have trouble speaking when they’re on LSD.
People who take larger doses can act unpredictably. They can become fixated on certain things, emotional, paranoid or even aggressive.
How long the effects last and the drug stays in your system depends on how much you’ve taken, your size, whether you’ve eaten and what other drugs you may have also taken.
To kick in
Acid can take from 20 minutes to two hours to take effect, but it really depends on how much the user takes.
If you feel that you’re having, or are going to have, a bad trip, let your friends know and get their help. Go to a nice, quiet spot where you feel safe and can relax.
How long will it be detectable?
LSD will typically show up in a urine sample for 1 to 3 days.
How long a drug can be detected for depends on how much is taken and which testing kit is used. This is only a general guide.
Physical health risks
There’s no evidence to suggest that LSD does any long-term physical damage.
However, people have been known to harm themselves during a bad trip. So people in a bad mood, feeling depressed or worried should avoid taking the drug.
Mental health risks
If you have mental health problems, or a history of mental health problems in your family, taking LSD could make them worse.
If you panic on a trip it can be scary and confusing. A bad trip could be your worst nightmare come to life.
LSD could have serious, longer-term implications for somebody who has a history of mental health problems. It may also be responsible for setting off a mental health problem that had previously gone unnoticed.
Flashbacks, or ongoing visual distortions, can occasionally happen, often causing great distress. Sometimes these experiences are called Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD), although very little is known about why some people are vulnerable or how to help them.
What is LSD cut with?
LSD is cheap to produce so it’s not usually cut with other drugs.
But you may hear people talk about pure LSD, good quality LSD and bad quality LSD. This is to do with how the drug is made and whether there were impurities as a result of the production process.
Is it dangerous to mix with other drugs?
Yes. Everytime you mix drugs you take on new risks. However, some drugs are more dangerous to mix with LSD than others.
Can you get addicted?
There is no evidence to suggest that LSD is addictive, but you can become tolerant to its effects. This means you need to take more of it to get the same effect as before.
This is a Class A drug, which means it’s illegal to have for yourself, give away or sell.
Possession can get you up to 7 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you life in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Like drink-driving, driving when high is dangerous and illegal. If you’re caught driving under the influence, you may receive a heavy fine, driving ban, or prison sentence.
If the police catch people supplying illegal drugs in a home, club, bar or hostel, they can potentially prosecute the landlord, club owner or any other person concerned in the management of the premises.
Worried about LSD use?
If you are worried about your use, you can call FRANK on 0300 1236600 for friendly, confidential advice.
LSD or ‘acid’ is a powerful hallucinogenic drug. Time, movement, color and sound can appear different depending on the 'trip'. Find out more from FRANK.