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How does LSD affect the body?

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Updated: February 8, 2012 8:01AM



Dr. Wallace: I’m 19 and dating a guy I work with who is 21. He is good-looking, funny and intelligent. He smokes pot regularly, but that’s no big deal to me. He also uses LSD. Twice he freaked out and I had to drive his car to his house and then call my roommate to pick me up.

When I try to find out about the legal ramifications of possessing or selling LSD, he tells me it’s no big deal. Information on LSD will be appreciated. What exactly is LSD?

Nameless, Phoenix, Ariz.

Nameless: LSD was chemically created by a Swiss doctor to treat humans with a variety of mental disorders, but it never was used for any medical purpose. Even though the drug LSD was considered unsuccessful for medical purposes, the “tune in, turn on and drop out” culture discovered the drug in the early 1960s. The effects were so devastating that legislatures passed drug laws in the mid-1960s making LSD an illegal drug. Using or selling it results in a fine and time behind bars.

The psychological effects of the drug are devastating because it alters the manner in which the senses send signals to the brain. Those under the influence of LSD have gross distortions of images.

Because of its chemical make-up, LSD may be stored in the body and released into the system weeks or even months after using the drug. I could go on and on about LSD and the dangers it offers to the users. This guy is a loser. Dump him immediately.

Write to Dr. Wallace
at rwallace@galesburg.net



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