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LSD, A Social Problem?
(a research paper written when I was in Bible College)
(part one)


Some of the information on this web page is a compilation from many different books written by many different folks and is not the exclusive work of Kraig J. Rice. Any positive comments about this drug below may not be shared by Kraig J. Rice. Kraig J. Rice has never tried nor used LSD.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION TO LSD
EFFECT OF LSD ON THE HUMAN MIND
EFFECT OF LSD ON THE HUMAN BODY
RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH LSD USE
WHY SOME PEOPLE TAKE LSD
CONCLUSION

I.
INTRODUCTION TO LSD

One researcher had this to say: t"he abundant appearance of LSD in America marked the introduction of a mystical drug among adults and adolescents. Experts feel that there is a promising potential in this fascinating drug for the treatment of patients, for psycho-analysis, and psycho-therapy. This drug if misused and abused, will result in violent sickness and death- it is not a solution for life's problems. Why is LSD a drug of such high importance in America?

The medical term for LSD is d-lysergic acid diethylamide tartrate. It is derived from a black fungus (ergot) which develops on plants, especially Rye. It is colorless, tasteless, and odorless when dissolved in water. It is called a hallucinogenic and is similar in its effects to marijuana, peyote, psilocybe or Mexicana, the so-called "sacred mushrooms" which the Mazatec Indians have been eating as a religious rite for centuries."

Another researcher had this to say: "LSD, although odorless, colorless, and tasteless, is one of the most potent drugs known. A single ounce of LSD would provide an average dose for some three hundred thousand people. An average dose is one hundred micrograms, an amount barely visible to the naked eye. It is two hundred times more active than Cocaine and has been considered for use in chemical warfare.

Dr. Albert Hoffmann, a Swiss scientist, discovered LSD by accident in 1938. He had been working with d-lysergic acid and in the course of trying different chemical combinations he discovered LSD. It was not until 1943 that Dr. Hoffmann discovered the hallucinogenic properties of this substance by accidentially absorbing some of the chemical into his system through his fingertips. He reported on its visual effects, saying he had "fantastic visions of extraordinary vividness, accompanied by a kaleidoscopic display of intense coloration."

The Federal Food and Drug Administration did not- and still does not- approve it for marketing. Somehow over the years LSD escaped from the laboratory, where it had been the subject of careful scientific inquiry, and became invested with an aura of magic, seemingly offering a panacea for many of mankind's problems."

Another researcher had this to say: "LSD is most commonly administered orally. A sugar cube has LSD placed on it and this is eaten, or when in powder form, LSD is usually dissolved in a sweet liquid such as Vodka or orange juice, or in water, and drank. The drug has been known to be placed on "animal crackers" or "Candy Wafers", and other items such as chewing gum, gummed flaps of envelopes, or placing some on cigarette tobacco and Marijuana. The drug may also be "skin popped" or taken intravenously."

II.
EFFECT OF LSD ON THE HUMAN MIND

The mechanism by which LSD affects the human mind is still unknown. Nevertheless, there are many theories concerning this. One medical doctor provided the following hypothesis:

"It appears that LSD interferes with the sorting and coding of incoming information, permitting an overflow of sensation and a lessening of intactness of the self."
It also has been suggested that LSD interferes with the body's use of adrenalin and, by blocking some system of enzymes, leads to the production of substances related to adrenalin and having the property of producing hallucinations.

One researcher stated: "LSD seems to affect those parts of the brain (the forebrain, midbrain, hypothalamus and hippocampus) where the imput of information from the senses is decoded and processed. A substance that plays an important role in organizing and channeling this sensory information is serotonin. LSD is known to inhibit serotonin activity. The predominance of mental symptoms might lead to the assumption that LSD accumulates in the brain, however, only a small portion of LSD ever reaches the brain. The bulk of LSD is found in the small intestines, liver and kidneys after an intravenous injection."

One author stated: LSD is an idiosyncratic drug in that every individual has a different reaction to it. It is an error to call LSD a "consciousness-expanding" drug, inasmuch as it actually diminishes consciousness; if anything, it is an "unconsciousness-expanding" drug because it allows things inside a person to flood the sensory awareness. However, it is a stimulant and not a depressant to the central nervous system.

Four major types of acute symptoms have been identified after LSD ingestion. These are:
illusions and hallucinations;
anxiety, often to the point of panic;
severe depression with suicidal thoughts and attempts; and
confusion, often to the point of not knowing where one's self is.

LSD does a number of things to the brain. One of these is that in large amounts, the discriminating, critical capacity is lost. The ability to observe oneself, to evaluate the validity of one's ideas and swift flowering fantasies, is lost. The strangest illusions seem overpoweringly true. Colors seem more enhanced, things seem more enhanced and assume meanings far beyond their ordinary connotation. All this happens because of the loss of the ability to evaluate and scrutinize.
The emotional correlate is ecstasy, the visual correlate is the blinding, white light (daylight).
Psychological effects include:
distortion of perceptions,
intensification of sensations,
illusions,
distortion of time sense,
true hallucinations, and
delusions.

The effects of LSD have been described anywhere from "indescribably beautiful to horrifying nightmares beyond description" A person while under the influence of LSD is said to be on a "trip". The symptoms of a person on a "trip" include:
anxiety,
nausea,
extreme fear or panic about the prospect of relinquishing control, and
external hallucinations. The rational mind is stripped away with LSD and is made emotionally liable.

The person on a "trip" is hypersensitive, hypersuggestible, and readily influenced by the things and people around him. A negative experience or "bum trip" is when a person has horrifying nightmares and is in mental agony. These are prevalent because mostly all people have a sufficiency of repressed, buried, hurtful memories. When these happen to be unleashed they can overwhelmingly frightening and produce a disintegration of mental functioning, fearful symbolic visions, and a tortured LSD eternity. A good "trip" has the following characteristics: a loss of the self and a feeling of oneness with the universe; a dissolution of time-space orientation, a numinous sense of awe, wonder, or power, along with feelings of bliss, love, or ecstasy.

Although LSD is widely described as hallucinogenic, this description is not entirely accurate. Persons who see and hear things after an LSD ingestion usually perceive actual objects or sounds as accentuated or distorted, or both; that is, faces melt away, bodies merge with walls, solid items pulsate, and so forth. These are illusions rather than true hallucinations, although sometimes the latter do occur. An illusion is a perceptual distortion of something that is seen; a true hallucination is seeing a nonexistent image.

The subjective feeling of enhanced creative powers while under the drug is unquestionable. Unique thought sequences, made visible, flow past rapidly and endessly. The American society now has psychedelic art, psychedelic motion pictures, and, no doubt, psychedelic music. However, LSD will reduce motivation as often as it will intensify it. Furthermore, the person who comes to depend upon chemical sources for the exercise of his imagination tends to mistrust his ability to use his imaginative powers when not under the influence.

LSD can be used to change the personality structure of a human being. Another doctor stated:

"The trip a person takes for personality should be well programmed or planned in advance. This is what is meant by "programming" psychedelic sessions- planning the session so that while you are in a state of expanded consciousness, you can review certain aspects of yourself or the world and form some new chemical associations or habits in your brain."
Another doctor also stated:
"If LSD produces desirable personality alterations (and I believe it possible, particularly, but not exclusively, with the aid of a psychotherapist) it does so when it demonstrates the need for change. Seeing the need provides the motivation. The hard work of change itself remains, the retraining of the ineffective habits of a lifetime."
A person who uses LSD frequently will have a dependence on the drug. LSD does not cause physical dependence with withdrawal symptoms but does cause severe psychological dependence. Desire to continue taking the drug is present, and LSD users, in contrast to users of hard narcotics, often develop a missionary or proselytizing quality.

LSD users develop a subjective "appreciation" of the effects of the drug. In other words, they respond to the drug because it provides certain sensations or reactions which they enjoy. They come to utilize the drug as an instrument in their adjustment to life, relying on it for the fulfillment which others achieve without the help of drugs. Users who urge others to take LSD often say that using LSD is the only way to find oneself.

LSD has few physiological effects. The most objective one is dilation of the pupils of the eyes. Users often wear sunglasses, even at night, to keep light out of their eyes. Although chronic changes do show on electrocephalograms. An unusual effect of LSD is that a person can have a recurrence of symptoms, in all their original intensity, many months after taking LSD without having taken any more of it during that period of time.

The body does build up a tolerance to LSD. If the drug is taken on successive days, larger and larger doses are necessary to obtain the original experience and many times the person may have less and less effects from the larger doses. The tolerance diminishes almost as rapidly as it builds and after a lapse of several days (usually three or four) the tolerance will have been lost, without the discomfort of withdrawls.

III.
EFFECT OF LSD ON THE HUMAN BODY

A lot of controversy has arisen whether or not LSD affects the human body in any way. Another researcher stated:

"LSD is safer (on a percentage basis) than alcohol or cigarette smoking. As far as damage to mental health, the suicide and hospitalization statistics are unequivocal; LSD is less dangerous than a four-year liberal arts college education."
Many doctors are now trying to prove that LSD affects the chromosome make-up of the genes in women because deformed or mutant infants have been born at childbirth.

It is a proven fact that many people have had their lives completely ruined because of LSD. A common term used among LSD users is the word "trip-out". This is the worst extreme that a person who takes LSD can reach. This term applies to a person who over indulged in his use of LSD and consequently his mind became permanently damaged. "Tripping-out" can also result in death.

IV.
RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH LSD USE

One reporter believes from his personal research that approximately four million Americans took LSD in 1966. Perhaps as many as seventy per cent of all users were high school and college students, including dropouts. He also stated that the majority of the users knew surprisingly little about the drug and what it can be all about. They couldn't understand the dangers of a negative experience and they couldn't know how to assimilate and use the benefits of a good "trip". Some had read about LSD but few had looked at the subject closely.

Laws have been passed in an attempt to control the use of LSD. The federal Drug Abuse Control Amendments of 1965 made possession of LSD for sale or manufacture illegal. The State of California went a step further, making even the possession of LSD and similar drugs illegal. This law became effective on October 6, 1966.

Risks reported in popular articles include, especially for LSD:
psychosis,
suicide,
continuing undesirable personality changes,
release of sexual and aggressive impulses (leading to murder, rape, homosexual episodes),
habituation,
hallucinatory redintegration (return of the LSD state unasked and without taking the drug),
development of interests in illicit drugs,
development of "cult" interests, and
consequent warping of ordinary social outlooks,
reduced work and social effectiveness,
risk of divorce,
increased accident risks when driving under drug influence.
Its explotative use (control, seduction, purposeful production of psychoses) has also been reported
.


LSD on a sugar cube

V.
WHY SOME PEOPLE TAKE LSD

Many people take LSD for many different reasons. "LSD explorers" are people who have heard about the sensory awareness produced by the drug and are curious to experience it.

The "social LSD takers" comprise another group. These are the people who live in a subculture which consists mainly of persons using LSD. In order to remain in the group and to be able to contribute to its conversation, they take LSD as a "social potion".

Another group takes LSD for hedonistic reasons- for "kicks" or "highs". They have heard it brings on a state of great pleasure and fun and want "a piece of it". In this group also are people who are dissatisfied with reality. Either they are uncomfortable in it or they find it defeating and frustrating, and therefore they want to interrupt reality with periodic LSD "trips".

A different group consists of persons who are hoping for the "magic pill" that will "cure" them of what they are. These people are looking for some miraculous cure through the use of LSD.

Persons who take LSD accidentally form another group, and there are also individuals who, without their consent, are given LSD. Still another group of people exposed to LSD consists of those who have been given the drug experimentally during research projects.

A doctor stated this with relation of LSD to social environment:

"It is no wonder that we yearn to get away from it all, to go back to that egoless state when we were at one with our environment. It is pointless to call it a regression; words do not alter its attractiveness for those who need more than harsh sanity. Our nerve fails. We want pleasure without obligation, answers rather than problems, magic, not uncertainty. The tensions, the bitterness, and the shearing stresses make living in the midst of explosive upheavals difficult. We speak with concern about explosions. The impact on man living through information, transportation, energy, communication, and the technological explosions is equally stressful."
Society should be highly concerned with drug addiction also. Drug addiction is a state of periodic or chronic intoxication produced by the repeated consumption of a drug (natural or synthetic). Its characteristics include an overpowering desire or need (compulsion) to continue taking the drug and to obtain it by any means, a tendency to increase the dose, a psychic (psychological) and generally, a physical dependence on the effects of the drug, and detrimental effects on the individual and on society.

In New York, city officials stated that LSD could be a potentially disabling weapon, and in Amsterdam teen-agers threatened to disorient the population by placing only a few ounces of LSD in the city's water supply.

VI.
CONCLUSION

So, is LSD a social problem or not? The research of the author of this paper feels it is. What about the solving of this problem? The answer, quite simply, is to educate young people as to the dangers and hazards of this drug. It is illegal but so is marijuana, but laws do not seem to halt its use.

The spiritual "law of displacement" could play an important part for those people presently taking the drug. Teen Challenge, founded by David Wilkerson, has found that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
(according to Acts 2:4) is the about the only sure way of preventing ex-heroin addicts from going back to the drug after their cure. If drugs are taken away from them, there has to be something given to them as displacement- or to take its place, and this should be the power of God.

LSD is a very useful drug in that it is currently used in legitimate channels for research on brain function, personality structure, and schizophrenia; for acceleration on some courses of psychotherapy; and for the consciousness-expansion and improvement of creativity.

The harmful exploitation of LSD is hurting the American society more than benefiting it. John F. Kennedy once said, "It should be our earnest intention to insure that drugs not be employed to debase mankind, but to serve it." Aldous Huxley also stated, "That humanity at large will ever be able to dispense with artificial paradises seems very unlikely."

Not only does LSD affect the mind, but it can lead to mental sickness and death. The unresponsible people who carelessly take LSD create a burden for society. There are many covered secrets behind the manufacture, peddling, and selling of LSD:
"Bum LSD" is when the LSD is "watered down" or cut so that it loses its effectiveness after ingesting- or it can be when there is no LSD in the capsules that cost a lot of money to purchase.
Many girls, as young as fourteen years old, prostitute themselves and buy LSD and Methedrine with their proceeds.
LSD and Marijuana use may lead one to heroin addiction.
There is a criminal establishment in the LSD business today. They devise ingenious ways to manufacture it in the USA and/or to smuggle it across the borders. Many times our drug enforcement agents find multi-million dollar caches filled with LSD. LSD is indeed a drug of high importance in America for many reasons...

Kraig J. Rice
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