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Also known as:

  • LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide)
  • a trip

What is acid?

Acid is a psychedelic and hallucinogenic drug made from a fungus called ergot. It comes in small squares of blotting paper or card called tabs.

Its effects will start 30 to 90 minutes after swallowing, peaking in the first 2 to 5 hours and lasting up to 20 hours. This is known as ‘tripping’.

Where you are and how you feel can affect whether you have a good or bad trip. It’s better to avoid crowds or places you don’t know or don’t feel safe in.

A knock at the door or the phone ringing could freak you out, so it’s a good idea to have someone you trust staying with you when you’re tripping.

What’s the attraction?

Acid makes you hallucinate. You might see colours more intensely and patterns could appear. Things might seem to move or melt or you may feel like you’re floating and that time has slowed down.

You might feel as though you’re seeing a new reality and getting a different understanding of life.

Sex on acid

LSD can make you feel horny and heighten your sense of touch. Hallucinations can be erotic. Sex on acid can seem to last much longer than it actually does.

Because the drug can lower your inhibitions and change how you see reality, it might be easier to act out sexual fantasies. Lower inhibitions can also cloud your judgement about safer sex.

Last review: 24/08/2018
Next review: 24/08/2021