Lysergic acid diethylamide– LSD– comes from lysergic acid which comes from ergot, a fungus found on grains such as rye. This drug was revealed in 1938. LSD causes hallucinations resulting in peoples’ minds functioning differently. People usually tend to “hear” colors and “see” sounds. Some experiences might be enjoyable, but then other “trips” have the potential to be bad. Those on a bad trip may experience strong feelings of confusion, discomfort, and fear. Flashbacks can occur anytime even after just one dose of LSD. The flashbacks cause the user to experience horrifying thoughts and experiences from the past. Fortunately, this acid is not an addictive drug; however, acid is a tolerance drug – meaning, in order to get the same affect from previous trips, the user will have to take more of the drug. Increasing the amount in the dose each times is extremely hazardous since there is no predicting what could happen when under this drugs influence. Side-effects from using LSD are an increase in blood pressure, body temperature, and heart-rate. Also, a loss of appetite, insomnia, dry mouth, lots of sweating, and tremors may occur (Hallucinogens: LSD, Peyote, Psilocybin, and PCP - InfoFacts. (n.d.).
The CIA thought LSD was an ideal way to control the minds of people because the flashbacks could reveal valuable information they may need. The information needed may not be accessed while the user is on a dose of LSD. Flashbacks can occur a few days after a dose or possibly well over a year later. Unfortunately, this means it may take quite a while for the CIA to find out any information from the users flashbacks. It is ideal though to basically trick the user into taking the drug. Then, later on, it will pay off wh...
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