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What do comedowns from LSD feel like, and how can you feel better?

If you have only used LSD in low doses, the comedown is usually not very noticeable. If you have used LSD at higher doses or several days in a row, you may experience a more unpleasant comedown.

If you have mixed LSD with alcohol or other drugs, the effects of the comedown may be more unpleasant or unpredictable.

If you …

Then …

Feel tired

Experience low mood

Have a dry mouth

Are not feeling hungry

Experience repetitive distressing thinking patterns

Feel anxious

Feel overwhelmed

Feel nauseous

Try these things at home:

  • Get plenty of rest and sleep.
  • Remember to eat and drink plenty of water.
  • Get moving to release feel-good brain chemicals.
  • Reach out and talk with friends and whānau for support.
  • Relax and do things that you enjoy to take your mind off not feeling well.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and other drugs.
  • Practise mindfulness and deep breathing, and try writing down your thoughts and feelings.

Experience increased nausea

Have increased repetitive distressing thoughts

Experience increased low mood

Feel severely anxious

Feel paranoid

Feel panicked or have a panic attack

Experience fear of dying or going insane

Have unpleasant or ongoing hallucinations

Have suicidal thoughts

Have unpleasant flashbacks

Call a doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116)

They can talk you through the next steps.

 

Have intense suicidal thoughts

Experience psychosis

 

Call 111

These are signs that something more serious is going on. You or the people around you should act quickly.

A female in her 20s describes her experience of coming down off an LSD trip:

“Eventually, the vivid hallucinations dimmed to sinister shadows. Still, even sleeping pills wouldn’t work. I was so depleted of any ‘feel good’ chemicals that it was impossible to calm my mind. I finally slept, and I woke up feeling triumphant. I wanted to put this awful experience behind me, chalk it up as painful memory at most.”

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