The Trip to Nowhere:an overview of LSD

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The Beatles sang about it in 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds', chemist and Nobel Laureate Kary Mullis admitted openly to receiving insight into his research by taking it, and Microsoft's founder Bob Wallace has claimed computers would not have advanced as quickly as they have without it. LSD had to be one of the most controversial chemicals in the history of pharmacology, the once popular recreational drug studied in scientific communities everywhere for it's medical and therapeutic effects is now illegal in most parts of the world (although still widely available).

Lysergic Acid Diathylamide (LSD) is a psychoactive hallucinogenic drug. It comes in a variety of forms, but is most commonly sold in the form of blotter paper. This photo shows the actually size of the squares. LSD can also be rubbed against the skin. LSD has been available (at first legally), then on the illicit market for over 40 years.

LSD is sold under more than 80 street names including: acid, blotter, cid, doses, and trips, as well as names that reflect the designs on sheets of blotter paper. More than 200 types of LSD tablets have been encountered since 1969 and more than 350 paper designs have been acquired since 1975. Designs range from simple stars in black and white to exotic artwork in full four-color print. Inexpensiveness (prices range from $2 to $5 per dosage unit or "hit", wholesale lots often sell for as little as $1 or less), ready availability, alleged "mind-expanding" properties, and intriguing paper designs make LSD especially

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attractive to teenagers and college students. Some users are now as young as junior high


Dosages of LSD are measured in micrograms, or millionths of a gram. By comparison, dosages of cocaine and heroin are measured in milligrams, or thousandths...