Lysergic acid diethylamide also known as LSD or acid is considered as one of the most powerful mood changing chemicals that has been used by a large number of people since its discovery in 1930s. Known for producing hallucinogenic properties and delusions in consumer’s mind, LSD comes in tablets, capsules and liquid form. Though the consequences of taking LSD are unpredictable, but some of the short term effects of consuming LSD include dilated pupil, increased heart rate, rise in body temperature, sweating, your mouth becomes dry and a person may also feel many other terrifying thoughts and fear. This drug is colorless and odorless in nature, but has a bitter taste and can be consumed by mouth.
According to the study published in the journal language, cognition and Neuroscience revealed how consumption of LSD can affect speech and language.
In the study, ten participants under the effect of LSD and placebo were asked to identify a series of pictures, one week apart.
Lead author of the study and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany, Neiloufar Family said, “people under LSD made more mistakes that were similar in meaning to the pictures they saw.” She also added, “Results showed that while LSD does not affect reaction times.”
According to the findings, when participants saw the pictures of a car under the effect of LSD, they incorrectly recognize it as a bus or train that shows that the drug may disturb the mind’s semantic networks.
These findings are relevant for the renewed exploration of psychedelic psychotherapy, which are being developed for depression and other mental illnesses. The effects of LSD on language can result in a cascade of associations that allow quicker access to far away concepts stored in the mind,” Family said.
“Inducing a hyper-associative state may have implications for the enhancement of creativity,” she added. This powerful activation of semantic network can also bring many subconscious thoughts in the mind of the consumer.