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Addiction and Substance Abuse

LSD

11/06/2003

Question:

Will LSD make me paranoid?

Answer:

LSD is a potent hallucinogen. Its most common adverse effects include anxiety, disorientation, and hallucinations (typically visual hallucinations).  In higher doses, or in vulnerable individuals, LSD can cause delusions, which includes paranoia. An additional danger of LSD is that it can lead to inadvertent suicide attempts, as when a person attempts to fly while under the influence of this drug.

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Response by:

Christina M Delos Reyes, MD Christina M Delos Reyes, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University