About LSD

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Thinking of taking a break from regular use?

See the 'Making changes' page for more information on how to Manage withdrawal from drugs and alcohol.

LSD does not commonly cause withdrawal in the same way that other drugs like methamphetamine can. People who stop taking LSD do not often report feeling physical symptoms. However, for people who take LSD often, it can still be challenging mentally to cut down or stop using all together.

If you …

Then …

Have cravings to use LSD

Experience low mood

Feel anxious

Feel tired

Have trouble sleeping

Have mild or infrequent flashbacks

Feel unmotivated or flat

Feel like life is not enjoyable when sober

Try these things at home:

  • Consider counselling or support groups if feelings of anxiety and depression are getting worse.
  • Lean on a support network of friends, family and professionals.
  • Stick to a routine – waking up, eating well, keeping active and rewarding yourself with things that bring you joy.
  • Practise mindfulness by writing down your feelings, doing breathing exercises or meditating.

Experience insomnia

Experience increased low mood

Feel severely anxious

Have intense fears of dying or going insane

Have longer or more severe flashbacks

Have suicidal thoughts

Call a doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116)

You can talk to your doctor about:

  • other medicines to get you through withdrawal
  • rehab or withdrawal clinics in your area – visit Health Point to see what services are available.

Have intense or dangerous flashbacks

Attempt suicide


Call 111

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

For more information on getting support for drug and alcohol use, see Finding support.

A user speaks of their experience after a bad LSD trip:

“And I did my best to compartmentalize the horror of my bad trip, and to go about my life like everything was fine. But it was a short-term solution, and it did not stop anxiety creeping back into my life. I was struggling to sleep, ruminating, and I started to feel like I had gone crazy.”

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