Acid and family illness: how likely is the onset of bipolar

 lucidapricot (@156lucidity)7 years, 9 months ago

My families health history is generally very good, other than the fact my dad got his bi-polar in approx. his 40s. I am told his drug use is likely to have triggered his bipolar. Which drug, I don’t know.

My intentions with acid are similar to anyone else’s; to experiment, experience and try to shed some light on reality, self and spirituality.

Before I do however I don’t want to make the same mistake as my father did, and spend the rest of my life on medication if the worse were to happen.

There is no saying I have inherited the bipolar gene from my father, but if I have, can a bad trip trigger bipolar disorder within myself? Does anyone know the likelihood or grounds on which taking LSD can trigger possible family inherited disorders?

I do not plan on taking much, just half a tab, shared with a close friend who is keen on experiencing acid too.

I know going into a trip with such worry can create a bad trip, however I am not worried, anxious or afraid of such outcome, I just want to clear the uncertainty from my head of this matter.

Any help would be great as I am unsure of the answer to this question.


December 4, 2013 at 5:08 am
josephm (772) (@josephm) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

@156lucidity, i think bipolarness has a lot to do with chemical imbalances through malnourishment (or fasting, whatever.), sleep deprivation, and the fact that pondering newly discovered dimensions has a toll on social health when there is nothing to relate to.

and high existence raised from the ashes.

Zoevega (11) (@zoevega) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Hey, from my experience (swim), has a family history of schizophrenia and developed a sort of paraniod headspace – during more stimulant drugs such as MDMA and analogs of such. However when swim experienced lsd a strange occurrence happened, the trip itself was sort of harrowing in which swim was convinced she was dying at the person she was there with was going to murder her, she could literally see a person in her life that was a cause of many of her paraniod delusions ( although the person wasn’t there, which was scary) and during the trip thought she was never going to return to normality.
Once the effects subsided swim came away freshed, like the trip had been a detox of her mind and body. Ever since swim has never felt like she did before the expierience.

See it depends on what drugs kicked off your fathers bi-polar . I’ve never heard lsd to cause mood disorders, but have heard it create paraniod delusions which remain after the trip. It also depends on the type of bipolar he expieriences. Because within mania there can be delusionary periods.

To be honest it really is down to whether you go into the experience with an 100% sound mind, if you go in with doubts and anxietys they can be amplified and twisted. As acid shows you the depth or your light aswell as the depth of your darkness. Have you come across any research into acid and bi-polar? :)

Zoevega (11) (@zoevega) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Also, half a tab is a reality mild amount so you may just experience clearness of thoughts, hd vision, deep appreciation. Nothing too heavy. (MDMA, speed and amphetamines are know triggers if underlying psychological disorders)

lucidapricot (0) (@156lucidity) 7 years, 9 months ago ago


I did read a bit of this erowid page: .

I’m finding it a bit hard to translate however its probably the best place to find my answer. I think it mentions that acid can accelerate the onset of illness.

I’m guessing that its roughly unknown whether lsd can trigger illnesses such as bipolar but taking a substance that could cause stress on the mental psyche which could prompt the illness.

I guess its a gamble but the best way to reduce to chances, like you say, is to ensure a safe trip (via sound state of mind and setting).

Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

@156lucidity, Experimentation with mind altering substances always has a measure of risk to it, if you are predisposed to a condition or not, everyone will generally respond differently, it isn’t a case of knowing what or if you may respond to abnormally or negatively, that is why it is called “experimentation”.

Nikki F. (107) (@nikkif) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Mood disorders are usually heritable (although unlikely) but honestly, doing certain drugs can actually trigger the disorder in you if you have a disposition for that particular disorder (re: @trek79 comment) (your dad has it- so you probably have SOME gene in your body for it). But you really won’t know until you do it. I would say it’s pretty unlikely it will trigger something in you but it is *definitely* possible.

Zoevega (11) (@zoevega) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

@156lucidity, yeah I clicked on your link and it is a bit of a mess. Could be good to write it into google to double check, but if you read too many scare stories you may tempt fate. I had a friend you used to read so many scare stories about trips thus whenever he indulged in them he ended ip displaying the symptoms he’d read about because he believed so strongly that they’d happen to them.

I’m sure you’ll be fine, as long as you responsible and know what your doing. Enjoy yourself I’m sure it’ll be amazing doing it with a close friend. Really will open you up to the appreciation of their friendship :)

lucidapricot (0) (@156lucidity) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Thanks for the help guys.
I will find a few more sources to put my mind at ease, but I do understand that as you say, @nikkif, there will always be a risk. :-/

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