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Is LSA sold as LSD?
Q: My friend told me that when I'm buying LSD it is probably really LSA, and that I have probably never had real LSD. How would I know? What are the differences between LSA and LSD? From my experiences, i have noticed 2 different kind of trips, one that is really euphoric, with swirling melty visuals, and the other is not so euphoric and lots of really intricate patterns on the walls, and no melty visuals at all, just really distinct ones. I wonder if maybe one is LSA and the other LSD?

A: There appears to be a lot of confusion around this sort of issue.

"LSA" can refer to a group of chemicals, the lysergic acid amides. This term is most often used in reference to the chemicals found in Morning Glory and Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds, the chemical d-lysergic acid amide which is psychoactive and is sometimes compared t LSD in activity. LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is, technically, an LSA itself.

The trips you have had were almost certainly all LSD. LSD is one of the few recreational drugs which are active at doses small enough to fit on a hit of blotter paper. The variety of effects people experience from a substance like LSD can usually be attributed to factors such as mood, set, setting, natural variations in body chemistry, interactions with other drugs in the system, etc. Other chemicals, such as DOB, occur on street blotter, but its quite rare.

The effects of naturally occurring LSA are generally much less stimulating and more sedating than those of LSD. LSA also requires about 10 to 20 times the dose of LSD and thus is possible to fit on blotter, but is extremely unlikely to be found that way. This would also have to be completely refined LSA and the effects would be noticeably shorter.


The primary explanation for the differences in experiences is that experiences vary radically from one time and one context to the next, even given the exact same substance.

Unfortunately there is little data available about what is really on street blotter and the only agency allowed to do quantitative analysis (the DEA) refuses to publish the information they collect.


Corrections by Jon Hanna, Feb 24, 2001.

Asked By : Joint
Answered By : murple, earth, Jon Hanna
Published Date : 4 / 16 / 2001
Last Edited Date : 2 / 24 / 2002
Question ID : 2714

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