Can Taking LSD Cause Bipolar Disorder?

August 27, 2013 Natasha Tracy

LSD and Bipolar Disorder

LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide, colloquially known as "acid") is an hallucinogenic drug that induces altered states of consciousness. But if you take this illegal drug, does it increase your risk of developing bipolar disorder?

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Author: Natasha Tracy

Natasha Tracy is a renowned speaker, award-winning advocate, and author of Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar. She's also the host of the podcast Snap Out of It! The Mental Illness in the Workplace Podcast.

Natasha is also unveiling a new book, Bipolar Rules! Hacks to Live Successfully with Bipolar Disorder, mid-2024.

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March, 11 2019 at 11:59 pm

Lately I had at my disposal 4 tabs of acid. Took one and had a lovely evening playing guitar and making lights trace around the room and in my head. The next day, why not? Took another and then another but got nothing. So I waited two days. Took another and still nothing. Does bipolar depression brain chemical imbalance offset LSD? WTF?

March, 13 2019 at 12:30 am

LSD tolerance develops rapidly, after dosing, you need to wait at a minimum two weeks before using it again. You will minimal to no effect taking it two days in a row, and waiting a few days you will notice a severely diminished effect. Just wait two weeks.

July, 14 2018 at 3:48 pm

In my silly early twenties while euthymic ( normal mood ) I took acid to induce the mania I had the year before. No effect. Ever.

Phil Jordan
September, 6 2013 at 1:24 pm

When I was young I did acid maybe 20-30 times. I'm pretty sure my bipolar had nothing to do with acid.
There was no change.
Acid and mushrooms are incredible and the experience of taking them a nice memory.
My friends and I would always say, 'If everyone in the world could have this feeling things would be so much better.'
As for me, acid was a cleaner drug than half the poisons I take now and I got a thousand times bang for the buck.
There are those like Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd that fried his brain by doing acid all the time. Shine On You Crazy Diamond is about Syd. Don't be Syd, bipolar would be the least of your problems.
Everything in moderation, like the 16 pills of psych meds I take daily...right?
But like any drug things can go bad. You will be hallucinating for 8+ hours and it's a bit of a psychotic experience in every way.
Any drug that can make you see what you see, hear what you hear, and touch what you touch is very powerful. If I had a friend back then that I knew was a very unstable type I wouldn't give him acid. At least not to do it with me.

Betty Redman
September, 3 2013 at 5:51 pm

I'm sorry I posted my issues with my family under the wrong subject. I have been trying for months to write a letter to my sister to see if I could help her or my mother on the sidelines without actually coming in contact with my Mom. I really loved the Stop minimizing mental illness and I thought some help with that subject - perhaps using that and some suggestions - I might finally be able to finish writing my sister. I just want her to know that I have to keep away from Mom for sanity's sake. I'm not trying to be mean, just trying to survive to the best of my abilities. I finially decided to write on a blog and then I write it under LSD causing Bi-Polar. My apologies.

Betty Redman
August, 30 2013 at 9:14 am

My mother, is a very bitter, toxic, mean spirited person. My father passed away in 2010. I tried to help my mom with errands and mail and sorting her medications for her, taking her to the doctor, ect. (She is blind). I also have a 10 year old child on the Autism spectrum. She cried every time we went over there (the noise)Mom talks very loud and we were at her house for hours. I got so flustered when Mom said I needed to let my daughter deal with the noise. I just finally stopped helping her, I would get so flustered taking her I couldn't find my car in the parking lot. I would get really upset driving her, her constant nagging would bring very dark thoughts like driving us into a tree. It felt like I could not get the toxic negativity, ick off of me or out of my head. I could Finally I dumped it in my sisters lap. They both live out of state. My oldest sister flies in about every other month, pays Mom's bills for her at home. Friends have been helping her along but she drains them. My sister is trying to hire some help for her but she just refuses. I haven't talked to my mother in over a year, and I feel good about that decision, because it allows me peace of mind. It frees up my time for my daughter's needs. I'm on disability for bipolar disorder - my Mom was fine with that diagnosis until someone told her it was heredity. Then it was no longer possible according to my mom, that I have bipolar disorder. I wrote my sister and she listed all the things that Mom & Dad did for me financially and otherwise now that something is needed from me? I try to tell her I can't be around Mom she's just too mean. I send her things on Holidays but that's the extent of involvement that I can do. My sister is so frustrated and rightly so, but I can't deal with Mom. I've tried to write my sister and explain that I can't take care of Mom, not I don't want to take care of Mom. I don't want dark thoughts in my head when she's with me, I don't know that I won't act on them. I was hoping someone could help me find the words - to write to my sister.

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Misha Barry
April, 22 2018 at 3:36 am

I know how you feel, my mom is similar my sister does so much for her, I also might be dealing with bipolar disorder I talked with a professional but we didn't have enough time to do a diagnosis

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