Lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly known as LSD, was first synthesized by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann in 1938. Experiments were conducted in attempts to determine a use for it, but the drug proved too unpredictable for therapeutic purposes. By the late 1960s, LSD had become a popular hallucinogen among those who wanted to "turn on, tune in, and drop out." The dangers of unpredictable "bad trips" and flashbacks led to LSD's being declared illegal in the United States in 1966. LSD provides an overview of how hallucinogens work on the brain and explains the psychological, biological, social, and legal aspects of this most notorious of such substances. The book also dispels common misconceptions about LSD and highlights the risks of this powerful hallucinogen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791097090
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/28/2008
Series: Drugs Series: The Straight Facts
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

The Use and Abuse of Drugs David J. Triggle, Ph.D. 6
1 Overview of Hallucinogens 8
2 History of LSD 21
3 Government Testing of LSD 34
4 Psychological and Physiological Effects of LSD 41
5 LSD-Induced Psychological Disorders 54
6 Use of LSD in Psychotherapy 63
7 Comparison of LSD to Other Hallucinogens 71 Appendix 1 Drug Enforcement Administration Classification of Controlled Substances 86 Notes 87 Glossary 90 Bibliography 95 Further Reading 96 Index 97 About the Author 103 About the Editor 103

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