LSD

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Infobase Publishing, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 103 pages
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In the time of the 1960s and '70s counterculture, lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly known as LSD, was a popular hallucinogenic drug. Though eventually made illegal, LSD was first used in government and psychotherapeutic experiments conducted to pinpoint a clinical use for the drug. These experiments were abandoned due to the unpredictability of people's reactions to LSD "trips" and the dangerous psychological effects that an unpredictable bad trip can have on a person. LSD gives a brief overview of how hallucinogens work in the brain and explains their traditional use in spiritual contexts. Looking at the psychological, biological, social, and legal aspects of this psychedelic drug, this informative new title explains the chemistry of the drug, dispels common misconceptions, and highlights the very real risks of hallucinogenic drugs.

Chapters include:
  • Overview of Hallucinogens
  • History of LSD
  • Government Testing of LSD
  • Psychological and Physiological Effects of LSD
  • LSD-Induced Psychological Disorders
  • Use of LSD in Psychotherapy
  • Comparison of LSD to Other Hallucinogens.
 

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Contents

Overview of Hallucinogens
8
History of LSD
21
Government Testing of LSD
34
Psychological and Physiological Effects of LSD
41
LSDInduced Psychological Disorders
54
Use of LSD in Psychotherapy
63
Comparison of LSD to Other Hallucinogens
71
Appendix
86
Notes
87
Glossary
90
Bibliography
95
Further Reading
96
Index
97
About the Author
103
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Consulting Editor: David J. Triggle, Ph.D., a University Professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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