Page from the flyer showing a person blurred as though hypnotised by a psychedelic coloured spiral. An explanation follows as to what hallucinogens are, and what their effects and risks are.

LSD, trips, acid, microdots

What they are?:
they distort the central nervous system. LSD is the most common type. Sheets of blotting paper are impregnated with the substance and then decorated to look like transfers or stamps. It also comes as tablets, capsules and gelatine strips.

Effects:
these depend on the amount taken and the personality, state of mind and expectations of the consumer. They start 30 or 40 minutes afterwards and can last up to 8 hours. The effects are unpredictable. They can be enjoyable or unpleasant (panic or ‘bad trips’). With a bad trip, you feel that you are being chased and are disoriented and dizzy.
You may also feel that your senses become more acute, your perceptions may be distorted: for example, "you can hear colours". You feel happy and at peace with yourself and everybody else. You distort your own image and that of others, time and space. You cannot concentrate or remember. You cannot feel pain and you have problems coordinating. Your mood changes quickly. Your body temperature rises and you have a rapid heart beat. You sweat, you turn red, you have a dry mouth and feel sleepy. You may have a phobia of light.

Risks:
hallucinations can lead to recklessness, so it is important not to leave the user alone.
Hallucinogens can have psychological sequels such as depression, anxiety, psychotic patterns, paranoid behaviour and suicide attempts.
Another danger is flashbacks (link) or reliving your experience with the drug.
Tolerance is developed relatively quickly but disappears after a few days without using the drug. It has not been shown to generate dependence and there is no evidence of any withdrawal syndrome.


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