Also Known As: Tabs, Acid, Trips

Category: Hallucinogen

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE
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Comes in small squares of paper, often printed with designs, or as tiny tablets called microdots and dots.

HOW IT'S TAKEN

Tablets are swallowed. It is a myth that LSD can be absorbed through the skin from transfers.

EFFECTS

Hallucination—the 'trip'. Starts within an hour and can last 8 - 12 hours or longer. Surroundings seem altered, colours brighter, sounds different, movement and time may seem distorted.

RISKS

Short term: Trips cannot be controlled or stopped. A bad trip can be terrifying, which requires help and reassurance from others. Mental health problems can be triggered and existing conditions made worse.

Long term: Users may have 'flashbacks' where they relive a trip without taking the drug again.

LEGAL STATUS

LSD is a Class A drug - illegal to have, give away or sell. Possession can get you up to seven years in jail or an unlimited fine or both. Supplying someone else, including your friends, with LSD can get you up to a life sentence or an unlimited fine or both.

Remember: Having a criminal record can make it difficult for you to get a job or visa if you want to travel abroad.

What's the difference between possession & supply (dealing)? What happens if you're under 16? Learn more about drugs and the law.