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Hallucinogens are very unpredictable. The fact of the matter is, you will never know if the “trip” you’re about to take will be a good one, a bad one, or an awful one. Not only that, the long term effects of acid can haunt you for the rest of your life. I know many music festivals and concerts glorify this drug, but the long term effects of hallucinogens are far worse than simply enjoying the music for what it is.  These two articles will open your eyes to the many problems with LSD and other hallucinogens.

The first article recounts the testimonies of others’ bad trips.  In each, the testimonial informs you how, at that moment in time you are in such a distorted state of mind that you will become scared of whatever hallucination you are seeing. One 17-year-old boy named Mark was hospitalized due to him feeling paranoid and withdrawn from his friends who were also taking the drug.  Some of his hallucinations were the streets and sidewalks churning and seeing people as comic book characters.  Later that day he was hospitalized and was given antipsychotic medication because he was so out of control. Dr. Frank Olsen, who also recounts his experience, was experimenting with a drink that was laced with LSD. After he drank it, he immediately went into a state of psychosis.  This lasted for a couple of days, until he had enough of a backlash from the drug and proceeded to complete suicide.

The next article talks about the negative effects that hallucinogens have on your body and your state of mind.  Some of the negative effects it talks about are flashbacks.  Flashbacks are when you have moments of complete recollection, weeks, maybe even years after you have taken acid or other hallucinogens.  Some common things that happen in a flashback are seeing colors and spots in different ways and seeing objects that are distorted. You may not know what is actually real life or if it’s really a hallucination. The article also looks at the possibility of brain damage through your brain’s “misfiring” of signals.  Not only that, a portion of the drug may be stored in the body or brain that can be released again for you to have a flashback.

If you want more information on the side effects of hallucinogens and the testimonies on bad trips: and

Written by Emily Cooley, Peer Educator

Photo Cred: Aaron Z Lee, Graphic Artist for the Lifestyles Center