Asked in Mental Health
Which drug causes fewer harmful side effects Acid or Ecstasy?
August 07, 2009 8:05PM
LSD doesn't have any mental or physical side effects discovered so far, the only apparent damage is what you do where you're on it. Although, some users experience flash backs. You're also not really in control when using LSD.
Ecstasy has been linked to brain damage through heavy use (every weekend for a month). A study was conducted to find if the use of ecstasy has some positive effects in the field of psychiatry. See the associated link below.
The damage occurs to the receptor sites that are designed to receive a 'feel good' hormone (neurotransmitter) called serotonin. Research has shown that the use of ecstasy reduces the number of receptor sites in the brain. So you will have to take more and more in order to get the same 'high'. The danger is that the receptor sites do not regenerate. So, if you take ecstasy regularly, you will literally alter your brain function and it will be irreversible. Because those natural neurotransmitters are being replaced, they no longer function correctly and "natural happiness" is harder to produce. After long use, you will likely develop Major Depression and have to be on SSRI drugs for the rest of your life. SSRI's can only be prescribed by doctors and it stands for Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.
Physically LSD is one of the least toxic substances known to man. If used responsibly I would certainly consider it to be safer than MDMA, though both should not be used.
It depends on what you mean by safe. If you are referring to the likelihood of overdosing, then LSD is much much safer, considering that the LD-50 way more than anyone would ever even consider taking. However, if it's your first time taking LSD, I advise you to have a sober friend around just in case something takes a turn for the worse. LSD is definitely a more intense and mind-bending experience than ecstasy. I agree with the addition above. LSD can be very intense, but I would not say do not try it. The mind on ecstasy is somewhat more aware of the external environment and can differentiate between hallucinations and factual, present things much easier. Hallucinations in ecstasy can be more enjoyable in many cases because you can sit back and witness them without wondering "what is happening, I am freaking out". Of course, this knowledge is from personal experience, and everyone is different. Be sure to greet the experiences with open arms.
Ecstasy is also proven to drain your spinal fluid. Physically, you will feel weirder on ecstasy, but mentally, you will be more "weird-feeling" while on acid. The only danger with acid, since you can't OD from it as far as I know, is that if you're in the wrong mindset, weird things can happen. Some people think they can fly, so they jump off buildings and die. I know someone who took so much acid, that they started thinking they were underwater, and so they held their breath. They blacked out for about two minutes. As long as in you're in a clear, happy mood, these don't even have a chance of happening to you. Ecstasy, on the other hand, is a whole different story. If you have a chemical imbalance in your brain (impossible to detect) before you take ecstasy, you could die instantly. Of course this is a freak occurrence, but nevertheless, just saying what could possibly happen. Also if you take too many capsules you can overdose on ecstasy. An Answer Concerning Urban Myths Contrary to what is popularly believed, the visual effects experienced by users of LSD can usually be distinguished from reality with relative ease. Overwhelming hallucinations that cause bizarre and self destructive behaviours are largely a product of the imaginations of anti drug campaigners and those inventing urban myths. MDMA use certainly does not drain the spinal fluid, and there is no study, nor anecdotal evidence, to support this ridiculous claim.