Lesson: 1P-LSD Legal Status: Buy or Not to Buy?

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1P-LSD Legal Status: Buy or Not to Buy?

Lesson Plan

Lysergic acid diethylamide, widely known as LSD or Acid, is a synthetic psychedelic that is a highly-controlled, and illegal substance in most countries. 1P-LSD is a chemical analog of LSD, meaning it has a similar structure, but it does not submit to the same legal implications and can be bought as a legitimate research chemical.

What is 1P-LSD? What is the main difference between LSD and 1P-LSD?

As a chemical compound, 1P-LSD is almost structurally identical to LSD and subjective reports claim that the effects of both 1P-LSD and LSD are also similar. However, 1P-LSD only has approximately 38% of LSD’s potency. But the real main difference between the two are the legal regulations around the two chemical substances.

While LSD is illegal in most parts of the world, 1P-LSD can be purchased as a legal LSD substitute under the research chemical category.

Related Side-Effects

Both these psychedelic substances share comparable side-effects that influence a person’s consciousness. It includes sensory distortions through hallucinations and visualizations, which are associated with heightened mental thoughts and deep feelings of connectedness.

Because of the current lack of human consumption research on 1P-LSD, it is assumed to share other aspects of LSD, such as being non-addictive with a low abuse potential and no withdrawal symptoms.

How the Brain is Affected

1P-LSD is taken orally. It is colorless and tasteless and only requires a tiny amount (0.000025 grams) to have any notable affect. It is metabolized by the body very quickly and works in the same way as serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that regulates moods, appetite, muscle control, and sensory perception. It may affect people differently where it can inhibit or stimulate neurotransmission, or do both, as well as affects how the eyes see and process information sent to the brain.

Brief History

In 1938, LSD was first synthesized from a fungus, but it was only 5 years later when its cognitive and sensory effects were discovered. In the decades that followed, there was a surge in consuming LSD for its psychedelic effects. In fact, while the US army began to test its value in psychological warfare, the sixties hippie movement started its mass adoption of LSD for consciousness enlightenment and artistic expression.

However, it was the recreational drug association and several other factors that eventually led to LSD’s prohibition and illegal status. Negative media reports on the use of LSD included people having ‘bad trips’ who leapt from windows or who were hospitalized created a grim impression of LSD. More often than not, these cases were rare and came from consuming inappropriately large doses that led to careless use.

LSD use has been considered unlawful since the late sixties and it was only in 2015, when 1P-LSD started emerging as an online research chemical and legal alternative to LSD.


Being a research chemical with no documented use of human ingestion, 1P-LSD should be treated the same as LSD with a responsible but skeptic approach. Micro dosing is a popular term for administering very low dosages to monitor its effects as adverse results are more likely to occur with higher doses.

Potential Dangers

At low doses, 1P-LSD is presumed to be tolerated physiologically with low toxicity levels but in some cases, it can be a trigger for people with mental disorders. Additionally, using 1P-LSD combined with alcohol and other drugs can lead to negative reactions like paranoia, anxiety, panic attacks or even seizures.

What is the legal status of 1P-LSD in terms of being a research chemical? Does its status vary according to the country of usage?

Being in possession of a synthetic psychedelic drug is illegal throughout the world. However, the degree of legality and enforcement of analog drugs like 1P-LSD varies. Whether 1P-LSD is regarded as a legal LSD substitute or not, will depend on the regulations of the country you’re residing in. So, it is best to ensure you follow the local laws on analog drugs.

The UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances does not stipulate the legal status of 1P-LSD, which has created some ambiguity for countries. So, while it may not be explicitly illegal, individuals could still be prosecuted for possession or with the intent to sell or consume, depending on the jurisdiction.

  • USA: 1P-LSD is illegal to consume, but legal to purchase online as a research chemical in different states.

  • Canada: Because the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act does not include LSD analogs, 1P-LSD is not considered illegal.

  • United Kingdom: 1P-LSD is illegal to distribute, produce, and import.

  • Europe: 1P-LSD is clearly defined as illegal in countries such as Austria, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Turkey. However, in Germany, it is a controlled substance with production and import, but possession is illegal yet not punishable.

  • Japan, Australia and New Zealand: 1P-LSD is totally illegal.

Where can you buy 1P-LSD? How is it better to do that (crypto)?

Research chemicals are also referred to as designer drugs where the structure of the chemical compound is modified to get around regulations on substances. Cryptomarkets are online stores for vendors who offer 1P-LSD as a research chemical product, but labelled ‘not for human consumption’ to avoid legal scrutiny.

The advantages of using these marketplaces with cryptocurrencies is the anonymity of both the seller and buyer’s location and transaction records to get around prohibitive controls. However, sending the physical delivery to a country where 1P-LSD is illegal, does carry the possibility of prosecution through interception by customs authorities.

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