What Are LSD Blotters?
LSD blotters, on the other hand, are the small tiny papers (microdots) on which LSD acid is usually infused. LSD blotters always carry funny cartoon drawings on them, LSD users called them “blots” It involves saturating absorbent blotting paper with liquid LSD. and it is consumed by placing it on the tongue, extracting the LSD infused in the papers.
What Is LSD?
LSD in its normal form is a hallucinogenic drug that alters mood and perception, its effects typically include altered thoughts, feelings, and awareness of one’s surroundings, dilated pupils, increased blood pressure, and increased body temperature, etc. Most LSD users see or hear things that do not exist. It is used mainly as a recreational drug and for spiritual reasons.
LSD is one of the most potent, mood-changing chemicals. It is manufactured from lysergic acid, which is found in the ergot fungus that grows on rye and other grains. It is produced in crystal form in illegal laboratories, mainly in the United States.
These crystals are converted to a liquid for distribution. Liquid LSD is odorless, colorless, and has a slightly bitter taste. Occasionally it is sold in liquid form. But no matter what form it comes in, LSD leads the user to the same place a serious disconnection from reality.
LSD users call an LSD experience a “trip,” typically lasting twelve hours or so. When things go wrong, which often happens, it is called a “bad trip,” another name for a living hell.
The ORigin OF LSD Blotters.
LSD blotters came into existence after the US government made LSD illegal in 1966 people continued to use LSD. LSD blotters were manufactured and distributed through underground illegal channels and one popular way of distributing LSD was through “blotter paper”.
Later the papers were perforated along the lines of a grid so that doses could be torn apart easily, and small symbolic pictures were added to the paper to provide clues as to the origin of the LSD that blotter papers contained. Not surprisingly, considering the substance it was used to distribute, the symbolic pictures gradually became creative and trippy designs.
The Distribution Of LSD Blotters.
In the early days, blotter art could only be obtained with LSD already on it. McCloud bought these sheets, matted and framed them, and hung them like fine art. Blotter papers were initially quite difficult for him to collect the undipped sheets of art, so he’d have to venture out into the underground and ask dealers if they could get him the same image on an undipped sheet, but over time he won people’s trust and managed to get hold of undipped sheets.
Later on, he also began to produce his own images and his collection has shifted to a completely legal blotter art archive. That did not prevent him from experiencing troubles with law enforcement agencies and he was prosecuted in 1992 and again 2003, but acquitted both times, after long and costly legal battles.
Another person who took “LSD blotter art” to a new dimension was Thomas Lyttle, who after a meeting with McCloud, started his own collection of undipped blotter art. After collecting for a while, he started to approach people central to psychedelic cultures, such as Albert Hofmann, Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey, and many others.
These then were matted and framed per museum display specs, and sold. This was the beginning of what has been termed “vanity” blotter art. That is blotter art which has been produced solely for art’s sake as a collectible, and which was never intended to be dipped with any drugs.