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What can a bad experience on LSD feel like?

If you …

Then …

Experience anxiety

Experience confusion

Experience paranoia

Have unpleasant changes in thought patterns

Have unpleasant changes in perceptions and senses

Have unpleasant changes in your feeling of yourself and your body

Have mood swings

Feel nauseous

Try these things at home:

  • Focus on breathing – try taking slow, deep breaths.
  • If you are able, call and talk to somebody you trust and ask them to help keep you calm.
  • Do not take more LSD, alcohol or other drugs, as these can make you feel worse.
  • Move to somewhere quiet – try to sit or lie down and do something relaxing.
  • Drink water to stay hydrated.

Feel increased anxiety

Vomit

Have severe diarrhoea

Have an irregular heartbeat

Feel severely confused

Feel severely disoriented

Have difficulty controlling emotions

Feel intense paranoia

Feel panicked or have a panic attack

Sweat excessively or feel very hot or very cold

Have tremors

Call a doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116)

They can talk you through the next steps.

 

Experience hypothermia

Experience high fever

Experience psychosis

Have difficulty breathing

Have suicidal thoughts

Think or act violently

Have intense feelings of fear that you are dying or going insane

Lose consciousness

Have a seizure

Attempt suicide

Call 111  

These are signs of an overdose. You or the people around you should act quickly.

If you experience unexpected or concerning effects from LSD you can notify High Alert to help keep others safe.

A male in his 30s describes what a bad trip on LSD feels like for him:

“A bad trip is like a lucid nightmare, except you know it’s real.”

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