By Liza K. Richmond, VA
From what I have been able to find out, the metabolism of LSD is not understood. But what are understood are the effects it has on the mind.
I had first used LSD at a party my freshman year of college. I guess I did it the first time to fit in with the crowd. Then I kept doing it when offered at a party.
The really bad thing about LSD, besides what it probably did to my body,it is became harder and harder to tell what reality really was. During my LSD trips, I was barely lucid to my true surroundings; much less who I was with and what they were doing.
One of the guys I slept with gave me HIV. I'm not sure which one. And to be honest, that doesn't really matter. It was my responsibility to protect myself and I didn't. All I know it is changed my life forever.
LSD as far as I know is not "addictive" per se, but the experiences you have after taking it can be. The experiences aren't always pleasant (ie. a bad trip) and can cause mental trauma due to hallucinations. If you're searching to escape life and it's pressures as I was instead of dealing with my issues.
Trust me... it's definitely not worth it. Now everyday for the rest of my life, I'm reminded every time I have to take my HIV meds. That I have to live with the consequences of my actions.
I'm hoping that be sharing my story it will help someone else. Don't try to hide in drugs... that's what I was doing. Get out there and deal with any issues that you have and really live your life.
Don't go through it numb with drug like a spectator. Good or bad, living life is much better than hiding from it. Life isn't a dress rehearsal.