Learn the Real LSD Facts

Paul Austin · January 7th, 2016





First used in 1943, also by Albert Hofmann.

The total journey on LSD lasts between 6.5 and 13 hours. It takes about 20-60 minutes to kick in and another 15-30 minutes on the come up.

Users will typically peak for 3-6 hours, depending on an individual’s metabolism.


LSD, like many other psychedelics, acts as a serotonin receptor agonist. Basically, this means LSD acts on the serotonin receptors, similar to how serotonin (the actual hormone) acts on serotonin receptors. It is believed this mechanism is, in some way, tied to the ‘psychedelic’ effects of LSD.

LSD also acts on dopamine and adrenoreceptors. However, like other psychedelics, it does NOT increase dopamine concentration, which many scientists believe is why psychedelics are not physically addictive.


Many individuals claim that taking LSD was one of the best decisions they ever made. This list includes well-known figures like Steve Jobs, Cary Grant, John Lennon and George Harrison from the Beatles, George Carlin, and many others (for a full list, go here)

LSD, like other psychedelics, provides another perspective on this reality called ‘life.’ Many users say it helped them to better understand themselves and their purpose in life. Other users claim mention how LSD helped them understand the ridiculousness of trying to find meaning in material goods.

On a more practical note, many users of LSD rave about its ability to inspire creative insights. Psychedelics, for unknown reasons, inhibit certain ‘controlling’ mechanisms of our consciousness. By inhibiting such mechanisms, the brain is more likely to ‘cross-talk’ between different sections, enabling insights into issues previously unsolved.


Like any other substance (illegal or legal), LSD can also be dangerous in certain situations.

LSD, in rare cases, can cause psychological problems, specifically in people with schizophrenia or a family history of schizophrenia. For this reason, people with a family history of schizophrenia should be extremely careful with any sort of psychedelic drug.

The possibility of LSD causing long-term psychological issues in healthy individuals without any family history of MAJOR mental health issues is negligible AS LONG AS certain precautions are taken for the journey.

What are these precautions?

1. Pay attention to Set and Setting (and the other 4’s) when journeying on LSD.

2. If it is your first time, take between 100 micrograms and 200 micrograms (usually between 1 and 2 tabs)

3. Source your LSD from a trusted individual. Many unsavory drug dealers will either sell ‘research’ drugs (like 25iNBOMe) in place of LSD or adulterate their stash. Be very careful of this as consuming such drugs can be physically toxic (LSD, when bought in its pure form, is only toxic at astronomically high levels).


LSD is often purchased on blotter paper (in ‘tabs’) or as a liquid. Users will often drop liquid drops of LSD into sugar cubes or on candy to consume them.

LSD is active at the microgram level, making it, weight-for-weight, the strongest psychedelic available to man. This is partially why it has been demonized to such a large extent. In many ways, it is extremely easy to abuse LSD because there is no ‘gradual’ buildup of its effects. Instead, users will often consume WAY too much without understanding the consequences. Do NOT do this.

A final note on LSD facts: LSD can be a tremendous tool for positive change in an individual’s life. However, it must be respected and used responsibly. If abused, LSD can cause ‘bad trips’, which is the definition of a ‘living nightmare.’

Don’t let this happen. Use precautions when consuming LSD.


Third Wave aims to help people learn about safe and intentional psychedelic journeying. For those not quite ready to take the plunge into a full-on macrodose, we’ve created an extensive Microdosing Course. You’ll learn how to elevate your mind, body, and spirit with the basics of microdosing—then dive deeper, tailoring your routine to meet your personal goals, enhance creativity, and optimize performance.

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  1. AvatarStephanie Smythe says

    What is taking too much? A properly mic’d dose should be at 100. What is too much? I enjoy starting with two and once it starts kicking in I eat another 8. I love it. It has helped me cure myself of opiate addiction and many other mental behavioral problems I had in my past. Maybe too much is a thumb print. I’m not trying to be rude, I’m just very curious.

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