LSD is a drug commonly taken for the hallucinogenic properties, and for the fact that it helps to alter both your mood as well as your human perception. Usually taken in oral form, it can also be injected, inhaled and even applied directly on the skin.
It was back in 1938 that LSD, or Lysergic acid diethylamide, was first synthesised, originally coming from a grain fungus called ergot. Albert Hoffman used a chemically-based derivative to create ergotamine which was then used to create the drug itself.
It is now considered a socially unacceptable drug because of the safety concerns, and is deemed to be a Schedule I controlled substance. Despite this, there are some reports that suggest LSD can be successfully used to fight against a number of medical complaints including cluster headaches, anxiety, pain relief and alcoholism. It is also considered to be one of the least addictive drugs.
The way the drug works on the brain isn’t fully understood but studies seem to point in the direction of it affecting the neurotransmission of a number of hormones including epinephrine, glutamate, norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin to invoke a psychosis caused by the drugs, and with long-term usage, can even lead to schizophrenia.
Is LSD Addictive?
Although it is rare, LSD addiction can happen. Although your tolerance will grow at a fast pace, it will also reduce just as fast. Studies have shown that the withdrawal period from quitting the drug after using it regularly is only around three to four days.
In order to become addicted to LSD, you would need to take it repeatedly over time. After three or four days of taking the drug every day, your tolerance will start to build at a greater speed, meaning you need more and more of the drug to achieve the same kind of high.
Many users of LSD report not using it on a regular basis unlike other drugs such as marijuana or cocaine, and enjoying the ‘trips’ on an occasional basis, using it to maximum enjoyment at parties and social events.
The cases of users suffering a total physical dependance on the drug are rare but even occasional use has a very serious negative effect on your body and can, over time, cause problems such as anxiety and psychological damage.
How Long Does LSD Stay In Your System?
Once you have stopped your LSD usage, you will stop suffering withdrawal symptoms after three or four days.
As a general rule, a ‘trip’ will last for any amount of time ranging from six to twelve hours and this will depend on a number of factors such as how much you are taking, your height and weight, physical and psychological health, the scenario around you, the mood when you took the drug, and where your tolerance level currently stands.
If you have never taken the drug before, your ‘trip’ is going to be a lot more powerful than someone who regularly takes the drug and has built up a tolerance, this needing more to achieve the same high.
There are lots of myths and tales circling around on the internet suggesting all sorts of things. One website stated that your spinal cord could still contain traces of the drug for a long time after you have stopped using it whereas other sites state the traces will disappear from your body as soon as you have finished your ‘trip’. The evidence seems to suggest that, once the drug has been cleared from your blood stream, the drug has been cleared from your body, with no or only minute traces being found elsewhere in the body.
Recent studies have show that the ‘half-life’ of LSD is about 5.1 hours. The half-life of a drug is the amount of time it takes your body to get rid of 50% of the traces. What this means for you is that half of the amount you ingested will be removed from your body in just over five hours but again, this will depend on a number of factors such as the ones we’ve mentioned above.
Earlier researched showed that the half-life of LSD was closer to three hours but this has since been debunked.
Taking both of these figures into consideration, it gives you an approximate estimate as to how long LSD will stay in your system. If it takes three to five hours for half the drug to disappear, it’ll take six to ten hours, and possibly even longer, for all traces to be removed from your blood stream.
A urine test will often show results for a different length of time than performing a blood test. According to studies, only 8% of the actual drug will be detectable in the urine and within a couple of hours, that will have gone to only a couple of percent. It is within the blood and other organs that the drug can be found for much longer.
The statistics we have provided you with are averages, approximate estimates, for how long LSD will stay in your system. We’ve already mentioned there are a number of factors which can alter that length of time, and we’re going to take a closer look now.
There are many things personal to you that will alter the length of time you will ‘trip’ for, as well as how long it will take for the drug to be removed from your blood stream. Younger people are generally in better health than the elderly, so a younger person will have faster-acting ‘trips’ because they’ll absorb it quicker. Older people usually have a slower metabolism.
Height and weight will also make a difference in much the same way it can affect the amount you can drink before getting drunk. If you are petite and weight less, the alcohol will affect you quicker.
Another factor that comes into account is whether or not you have eaten or drank anything in the lead up to taking the drug, as well as whether or not you consume anything during your ‘trip’. If you have a full stomach, the drug will take longer to be metabolised, and the full stomach can dull the high. Taking the drug on an empty stomach is likely to provide a stronger hit, with faster absorption.
Your genes are another thing that must be thought about too. Some people generally just metabolise drugs faster than others, and this will have an effect on the way and length of the time it will hit you. It will also change the time it will take for the LSD to be totally removed from the body.
As well as how much you’ve eaten, the state of your stomach can have an effect on the way that the drug reacts with your body in much the same way as your genes and metabolism will. Those with higher levels of acidity in their urine and stomach will absorb the drug quicker.
Just as important as your own physical and personal factors, the dose of LSD you’re taking will also have an impact to your body’s reaction as well as the length of time it will stay around in your blood.
Those who take the drug less frequently will generally consume between 20mcg and 80mcg, with more experienced users going as high as 200mcg and 300mcg each time.
mcg is micrograms, or millionths of a gram, to give you an idea of how small the quantities are.
On average, 100mcg of LSD will be detected in the body for 30 hours after consumption. After that, each 100mcg of the drug will add a further five hours onto the total. This means that taking 200mcg would mean a detection time of 35 hours, 300mcg of 40 hours, 400mcg of 45 hours, so on and so forth.
The higher the dose, the longer it will remain detectable in your blood.
Other Medications / Drugs
When you take other medications or drugs with LSD, even as something as simple as an over-the-counter painkiller, it can have an effect on how the drug works in your body, and also how long the effect lasts for. It’ll also have an effect on how long the drug will stay detectable in your system for.
Just like other drugs, how often you use LSD will have an effect on how long it lasts and stays around. As we’ve already discussed, the drug itself isn’t one that will easily cause a dependance or addiction, but this doesn’t mean it can’t happen. The more you take the drug, the higher your tolerance, the more you’ll need to take to get the same effect, and the longer it will stick around.
Purity of the Drug
As with other illegally bought drugs, you can never be sure how pure the LSD is, and what other drugs or compounds it will have been ‘cut’ or mixed with to bulk it out.
Air and other contaminants can effect the purity of the drug and even something as simple as not sealing it in an airtight container can change the makeup and therefore the effects it will have on you.
Tips For Getting LSD Out Of Your System Quickly
You might be drug tested in a number of scenarios as you grow up, from tests in schools to your place of employment and more. The military has been drug-testing for many years although LSD testing itself has recently been discarded from the screening process.
There are a few ways in which you can be said to speed up the process of getting the drug out of your system although the one that immediately springs to mind will, of course, be to give the drug up and stop using it entirely.
Eating and keeping yourself hydrated is also said to move the process along, encouraging urination which can flush the drug out quicker. Exercise is another way in which you can get LSD out of your body quicker, sweating it out rather than focusing on urination. This will have a better effect if you increase your water consumption at the same time.