LSD stands for lysergic acid diethylamide. LSD is one of the most powerful types of narcotics. LSD users experience a heightened effect they call tripping, and sometimes the tripping sensation is unpleasant, characterized by paranoia, visual disturbances, temporary psychosis, or fear. The effects of LSD can last up to 12 hours. Because the tripping takes so long, users of this drug usually show clear signs that they are high. Some signs of LSD use can be seen from physical changes, changes in perception, and changes in behavior.
Method 1 of 3: Watching for Behavior Changes
Step 1. Determine if she is having hallucinations
Hallucinations are a common effect experienced by acid users. LSD users may think they see something that isn't there, hear something that doesn't make a sound, or smell something that doesn't smell. He might as well be looking at something with his eyes closed.
- If he fantasizes about something extraordinary, such as being able to fly, or if he has delusions or hallucinations of suicide or murder, seek help immediately.
- Notice if he seems to be interacting with something that isn't there, like staring at a wall, talking to himself, or catching air.
- These hallucinations are sometimes frightening to the wearer himself and are sometimes dangerous or life threatening if he or she is not aware of reality for a very long time.
Step 2. Listen for signs that she is having mixed sensory experiences
Mixed sensory experiences are a common effect on users of hallucinogens such as LSD. Back then, their senses were switched and the aftermath was quite terrifying. This change in perception is also called synesthesia, and can make the wearer "hear" colors or "see" sounds.
- Watch what he says to determine if he may be experiencing mixed sensory effects. For example, if he says, “That tree sounds beautiful” or “I can see the music,” that could be an indication that he may be taking LSD.
- Synesthesia alone is not a sign of LSD use. A small number of the human population experience natural synesthesia. So, don't misunderstand and think they are using LSD.
Step 3. Notice if he is distorted
Sometimes, LSD users experience distortions in size, time, depth, and speed, believing that an object is much bigger than it really is or moving much faster than it really is. Sometimes, LSD users also experience changes in their perception of time. Try asking him a few things:
- How far is it from here to the tree?
- How big is the house?
- How long have you been sitting here?
- What time is it?
Step 4. Pay attention to your sharpened senses
The senses of people who are tripping because of LSD are sometimes so sharp that they can see, smell, touch, hear, and feel many things more intensely. This is part of the psychedelic effect, which is the ability to see colors more clearly and feel things more deeply. LSD users are unable to mask these intense sensations and these signs are easily recognizable.
Try offering him a drink, play some music, or play a movie, and see if he responds appropriately. If he seems more impressed than usual or overwhelmed by the sensory experience, there's a good chance he's taking LSD
Step 5. Notice if he has trouble sleeping
LSD can cause insomnia so that it is almost impossible for the wearer to sleep or sleep for long periods of time. If you notice he's barely sleeping, it might be a sign he's taking LSD a lot.
Step 6. Watch for loss of appetite
LSD can cause a decrease in appetite so that the user has no desire to eat. Recognize the signs of LSD use by noticing a complete change in a person's eating habits.
For example, if he who used to eat regularly is now not eating at all, that's an important sign that he may be taking LSD
Step 7. Notice if he is unable to finish the job
Usually, LSD users are unable to complete easy tasks such as driving or operating machinery. Watch out for this sign because he may be taking acid.
Other signs are difficulty operating the television remote control, confusion with simple instructions, or difficulty finding the correct key to open the door yourself
Step 8. Watch out for paranoia, distress, anxiety, or disorientation
When taking acid, some people enter a separate state of mind, which often causes extreme panic and fear. Some people experience delusions, as well as frightening thoughts and feelings.
- Watch his behavior. Some indicators of LSD use are restlessness for no reason, anxious that someone is chasing him, or confused by the circumstances around him.
- People who are taking LSD also sometimes babble incoherently or make odd and unusual comments. These incoherent words are one of the signs of using LSD.
Method 2 of 3: Checking for Physical Symptoms
Step 1. See if the pupils are dilated
Like many other narcotics, LSD causes the wearer's pupils to dilate or dilate. This effect is called mydriasis and occurs when the sympathetic nervous system is affected and is a direct result of taking LSD.
Look into her eyes to see if her pupils are larger than normal
Step 2. Check for dry mouth or excess saliva
After taking LSD, some people experience dry mouth or excessive saliva production. Watch his mouth and the sounds he makes to check if his mouth is dry or drooling a lot.
For example, you may hear his voice hoarse when he speaks or see saliva dripping from the corners of his mouth
Step 3. Ask if your fingers or toes are tingling
Tingling in the toes or hands is also a common sign of LSD use. If you're suspicious, ask if she has any unusual tingling sensations.
You may also notice when he rubs his toes or hands. It was probably because he was uncomfortable by the tingling sensation
Step 4. Heart rate test
Acid users also have an increased heart rate. You can tell if the heart rate is normal from the pulse. If he allows, try counting his pulse.
- To check for a pulse, place your index and middle fingers on the inside of your wrist, just below the thumb. Hold your finger until you can feel the pulse and then set the time for 60 seconds. Count his heart rate until the 60 seconds are over.
- The normal pulse rate is 60 to 100 beats per minute. If it is more than that, it means that the heart rate is fast, which indicates LSD use.
Step 5. See if he is sweating or shivering
Usually, LSD users become very cold or hot because this drug affects normal body temperature. LSD alters the body's ability to regulate internal temperature and the result is excessive sweating or shivering.
Look for drops of sweat on his forehead, or see if he's shaking with cold
Step 6. Notice if the body is weak
Usually, the strength of the acid user's body is reduced and they often feel weak. For example, he is unable to carry things that are not so heavy and has difficulty standing for long periods of time because he suddenly feels tired and weak.
Also be aware of changes in his strength and hear what he has to say. For example, he may say that he is too tired to walk even though the distance is short, or that something he can usually lift easily feels too heavy
Method 3 of 3: Recognizing Physical Evidence of LSD Use
Step 1. Notice if there is a small piece of colorful paper
One way of distributing LSD is by small paper. Sheets of LSD paper are usually colored or decorated with cartoon characters. This paper is called a blotter.
If you find small, colorful papers in his room, it's possible he's on LSD
Step 2. Find a small drip bottle
LSD is usually stored in a small drip bottle, such as a breath freshener or medicine bottle. The height of the bottle is only 5 cm. Liquid LSD may be colored so as not to tell that the liquid inside is LSD.
Step 3. Check for sugar cubes
Many LSD users drip their medicine onto sugar cubes for consumption. If you see a plastic bag filled with sugar cubes in his room, it may be a sign that he is taking LSD.
Step 4. Monitor the disbursement of money
Drug addiction is a wasteful habit. So, LSD users may always be short on cash. Think about how often he asks for money and how quickly it runs out.
For example, if he borrows money again a few days after paying, there's a good chance he's using the money to buy medicine
- All of these symptoms may be seen in people who have never used drugs. So make sure you check carefully because wrong speculation will offend him.
- Do not mistake LSD symptoms for other types of narcotics, such as cocaine and heroin.
- Synesthesia is also a neurological brain condition. So make sure first. This condition is not a nuisance. A person can experience synesthesia even though they are not taking LSD. Don't accuse until you're convinced.