LSD Price: Blotters, Sheets, Tabs, Pyramids And Vials
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), also known as acid, blotter, stamps, dots, trips, paper, A-bombs, pyramids, is making a comeback and is widely available. It is a staple at rave parties (probably below MDMA in usage and even with or slightly ahead of GHB). In fact, it is one of the cheapest things on rave venue, running around $5 a dose (compared to GHB at $5 to $15 per dose, ketamine at $10 to $15 and MDMA at $20, plus the rave tickets at $25 to $50 each).
Blotter paper is still considered its most common form, but liquid LSD is typically encountered on the party circuit. It can be found occasionally in capsules, generally mixed with other adulterants or other drugs. If an MDMA dealer cannot get enough of his product to meet demand, LSD may be found mixed with methamphetamine, and the mixture is then substituted for MDMA. Officers should handle all small bottles (Visine or other eye medicine bottles, Crystal Ice or Binanca Blast or other breath mint bottles or small liquid candy bottles) carefully as they may contain either GHB or LSD. A Schedule I drug first discovered in 1938, LSD's hallucinogenic effects were first documented in 1945 by a Swiss chemist. Because all LSD is illegally made, there are no standards for packaging or form of the final product. LSD by itself is very potent, tasteless, colorless and odorless. Light sensitive, it is often wrapped in tinfoil and stored in a cooler or refrigerator. Water soluble, it is undetectable except by chemical analysis. Today's individual "doses" (10 to 80 micrograms) are generally less than levels reported in the 1960s and early 1970s (100 to 200 micrograms). Multiple doses are also often taken, thus stepping up the dosage.
Any paper (perforated, designed paper, stamps or writing or notebook pages) or other material may be soaked with a solution of LSD. It may be dropped onto sticks of chewing gum that are then rewrapped. It may be placed on sugar cubes. It may be dripped or sprayed into the eye or mixed with beverages; this method is sometimes employed at concerts. Another current method of use involves something called "gel tabs" or "pyramids;" a gel of LSD is dried in the "wells" or indentations on small pieces of plastic (cut from the diffuser material covering fluorescent light fixtures, for example). The pyramids (often seen in bright red, green, blue or purple) are then sucked on.
During the spring of 1999, rave concerts were scheduled at the Orange Show Fairgrounds in San Bernardino. The first weekend of the events, police officers shot and killed a U.S. Marine who was high on LSD. A few weeks later, mid-April, while assisting the San Bernardino Police Department by providing brief training to 20 officers assigned to work the rave party, we encountered another U.S. Marine high on LSD (one of about 30 arrestees). That contact (and other info that they had received re numerous Marines attending raves and similar drug-invested venues) resulted in Camp Pendleton scheduling training for their military police and other LSD, N2O & Other Drugs. Most military bases are experiencing a problem with drugs, including MDMA, GHB, LSD, ketamine, etc.
LSD results in somewhat unpredictable activity because of issues of dosage and purity and even personality input. Physical effects include extremely dilated pupils, higher body temperatures, increased heart rate, speech difficulty, lack of coordination, sleeplessness, tremors, increased blood pressure, sweating, piloerection (goose bumps), muscle rigidity, loss of appetite and dry mouth. Sensations and emotions may be more dramatically affected than the above physical signs. Their eyes are sensitive to light. Delusions and visual hallucinations are possible. LSD may cause "crossing over" of senses, resulting in hearing colors or feeling sounds. Users may experience flashbacks. "Bad trips" are not uncommon. The person on a bad trip may be conscious, coherent and oriented, but anxious and fearful and may display paranoid or bizarre reasoning. The bad tripper may be tearful, combative or self-destructive. Full effect takes up to 45 minutes. A trip may last 6-12 hours. The effects may wane after two to four hours, followed by late effects of fatigue, headache or a contemplative state. Tolerance develops rapidly (but a week's abstinence will likely restore sensitivity) and psychological dependence may develop after prolonged usage.
The young Marine in San Bernardino was an excellent representation of LSD use. He exhibited many of the above indicators. He was constantly asking for water. At one point he lunged forward from his chair and flopped on the ground with muscle rigidity. He was left there during that period for his safety. He could talk coherently at times and was very emotional, but was non-responsive other times. Later, as he was coming out of the effects of LSD, he was able to describe to us who was standing over him when he was on the ground and what we were saying, though he had been unable to respond to us.
Sometimes officers inquire about a "new drug" called LSA instead of LSD. This refers to lysergic acid amide, somewhat weaker than LSD. This can be obtained by chewing morning glory seeds. This is a dangerous practice as seeds for planting may be adulterated with unpleasant or even toxic chemicals.
Note: Alize is a passion fruit and cognac drink that is pronounced similar to LSA. It may also be encountered in the club or rave scene as an additive to the drugs, etc.
Two major arrests made in late 2000 and early 2001 are expected to make a huge difference in the availability, purity and price of LSD for some time. A major blotter paper dealer busted in the San Francisco area in 2000 is believed to have been the source of approximately one half of all blotter paper for the past 20 years! A chemist was busted in Kansas (operating out of an old missile silo converted to a lab) in early 2001 had enough LSD and chemicals to supply the country for two and a half years.
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