Street Names:

“Acid,” “Microdots,” “Tabs,” “Doses,” “Trips,” “Hits,” “Sugar Cubes,” “Boomers,” “Green or Red Dragon,” “White Lightning,” “Blue Heaven,” and “Yellow Sunshine”

“The teen-ager who allegedly stole a vehicle and ran down pedestrians at the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market last month was likely high on acid and ‘out of his mind’ as he drove, his attorney said. …the 16-year-old was hallucinating, and thought he had died and gone to hell.” San Luis Obispo County Tribune, May 6, 2000

Chemical Composition:

LSD/Lysergic Acid Diethylamide is manufactured from lysergic acid, a substance derived from ergot fungus, which grows on rye and other grains or acid amide, a chemical found in morning glory seeds.

Characteristics: LSD is so potent that it can be absorbed through skin contact alone. It is the most potent hallucinogen.

It is odorless, colorless and has a slightly bitter taste.

It takes 30 to 90 minutes for LSD to take effect and can last up to 12 hours.

Methods of Use:

LSD is generally taken by mouth. LSD may be taken in the form of tablets or capsules (“microdots”), thin squares of gelatin (“window panes”) or on small squares of paper on which LSD has been applied by an eye dropper (“blotter acid”).

An LSD experience is referred to as a “trip.”


Many LSD users suffer flashbacks, which are the recurrence of psychedelic effects long after the drug has been eliminated from the body. A flashback occurs suddenly and often without warning.

A user may experience different emotions at one time or swing rapidly from one emotion to another. They can suffer acute anxiety or depression.

LSD can produce delusions and hallucinations. Reality, time, depth, size, movements, color, sound and touch may become distorted. The individual may speak of “seeing sounds” and “hearing colors.”

Judgment is impaired, placing the user in jeopardy.

“A DuPage County jury… found Bryan Walker guilty of first-degree murder for killing his mother, Vera Walker, 39, moments after she had called 911 to report that he was under the influence of LSD. Vera Walker’s body was found outside the Glen Ellyn townhouse she shared with her son at 369 Farnsworth Ct. with the blade of a 5 1/2-inch steak knife in her back. Walker said he was mad that she had called 911.” Chicago Tribune, August 14, 1998

The physical effects of LSD include dilated pupils, higher body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, dry mouth, tremors, numbness, weakness and nausea.


DEA – Publication: Drugs of Abuse
Drug Enforcement Administration
U.S. Department of Justice

NIDA Infofacts (13550)
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health

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