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The Beginner’s Roadmap to Exploring LSD Therapy Safely and Effectively

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Jemie Sae Koo, M.A.
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If you’re a beginner looking to explore the world of psychedelic-assisted therapy, then you might have come across the medicine known as LSD. LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, is a powerful hallucinogenic drug that has been used to treat various mental health conditions, such as anxiety, addiction, and depression. But before you dive into the world of LSD, it’s essential to understand what it is, how it works, and its potential benefits and risks. In this beginner’s guide to LSD, we’ll cover everything you need to know about this powerful psychedelic medicine.


What is LSD?

LSD is a synthetic drug made from lysergic acid, a compound found in a fungus called ergot, and is typically consumed orally in the form of tablets, capsules, or blotter paper.

How Does LSD Work?

When ingested, LSD causes an increase in serotonin levels by binding to serotonin receptors in the brain, which leads to a change in the user’s perception, mood, and thoughts. This surge in serotonin levels can result in vivid hallucinations, altered thinking, and mood changes.

Potential Benefits of LSD-Assisted Therapy

LSD has been used in various therapeutic settings, including the treatment of depression, anxiety, and addiction. Studies have shown that LSD-assisted therapy can help individuals with mental health disorders by facilitating the exploration of their thoughts and feelings, promoting emotional breakthroughs, and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Risks and Side Effects of LSD

Although LSD can have therapeutic benefits, it also poses several risks and side effects. Some of the common side effects include dilated pupils, increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and changes in mood and perception. In rare cases, LSD can cause severe psychological reactions, such as panic attacks and psychosis.

What to Expect During an LSD Experience

An LSD experience can last between six to twelve hours, depending on the dose and the individual’s metabolism. During an LSD experience, the individual may experience vivid hallucinations, altered thinking, and mood changes. They may also feel a sense of connection with the world around them or experience a loss of ego.

How to Prepare for an LSD Experience

It is important to prepare for an LSD trip to ensure a positive experience. This includes being in a safe and comfortable environment, and having a trusted friend, coach, sitter, or therapist present. You can locate one here.
It’s also recommended to have a list of comforting activities, such as listening to music or walking in nature away from people or any harm, to help ground you if the experience becomes overwhelming.

LSD Dosage and Administration

LSD is typically consumed orally in the form of tablets, capsules, or blotter paper. The dosage of LSD can vary depending on the individual’s weight, metabolism, and experience with the drug. It is essential to start with a low dose and gradually increase it to avoid a potentially overwhelming experience.


Q: Is LSD addictive?

A: No, LSD is not addictive, and individuals using it do not typically experience withdrawal symptoms.

Q: Can LSD cause permanent damage to the brain?
A: There is no evidence to suggest that LSD causes permanent damage to the brain. However, prolonged use of LSD can lead to persistent changes in perception and mood.

Q: Is LSD legal?
A: LSD is a Schedule I controlled substance in the United States, meaning that it is illegal to manufacture, distribute, or possess.

Q: Can LSD be used for spiritual purposes?
A: Yes, LSD has been used in spiritual and religious settings, such as the Native American Church.

Q: Can LSD be detected in drug tests?
A: Yes, LSD can be detected in drug tests, but it is not typically included.


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Jemie Sae Koo, M.A.
Jemie Sae Koo, M.A.
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