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What is Acid?

Updated: Mar 5, 2021

Acid or LSD is a powerful hallucinogenic drug derived originally from ergot and a fungus found growing wild on rye and other grasses.

It is produced in a crystal form which is then converted into a liquid which will then be dropped/sprayed onto blotting paper. This paper is then separated into smaller sections known as tabs.


LSD was first discovered in 1938. Research chemist, Albert Hofmann, was working to produce new medicines, and in 1943 he underwent the first-ever LSD trip by mistake when experimenting in his lab. It wasn’t until the 1960’s people started experimenting with acid as a way of getting in touch with themselves, others and their surroundings. In 1966 it became illegal in the UK.


Today, acid is still used socially and recreationally, with people hoping for a good trip to gain better spiritual awareness and understanding of themselves. The trip is totally unpredictable, and there's no way of knowing how you're going to feel once you've taken it.

Nicknames/Street names

Blotters, dots, liquid acid, trips, tabs, paper mushrooms, stars, smilies, rainbows.


How is it used?

Acid is usually sold as small squares of paper, a liquid, or pellets (micro-dots). The tiny pieces of paper have been infused with acid. Acid is odourless and colourless.

You place the acid under your tongue, and it absorbs into your bloodstream.

The effects of acid often start 30 to 45 minutes after using the drug, and they could last for 4 to 12 hours. When planning to take acid, it’s important to know that hallucinations could last for 48 hours, so keep this in mind if you plan to take acid. (Wikimedia.com)

Can you have a permanent trip (a permo) after taking acid?

No. What can happen are you experience flashbacks from your trip. During these flashbacks, you might see some pretty upsetting things that you witnessed during your trip. You almost have memories of what you saw, as it seemed real to you at the time. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to be lying in bed at night having flashbacks from an acid trip.


The Effects and Risks

You will experience physical and psychedelic effects (it can affect your 5 senses) when taking acid but what kind of trip you will experience is always a gamble. The effects vary from person to person and can vary each time you take acid. To keep yourself safer, It’s always best to take acid in a safe place with people you trust and in an environment known to you.