|Summary sheet: Lithium|
Lithium salts, or lithium (sold as many salts of the lithium ion and under many trade names, such as Eskalith) is a widely-prescribed mood-stabilizing pharmaceutical of the lithium salt chemical class that produces mood-stabilizing, calming, and dulling effects when administered. Lithium is used clinically for bipolar disorder. Lithium has been reported to potentially trigger psychosis and severe seizures when combined with psychedelics, notably LSD.
History and culture
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Lithium has a complex pharmacology.
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The subjective effects of lithium are primarily mood stabilisation. The onset of these effects are gradual and take place over weeks or months. Long term users who respond report “normality” and partial or full resolution of symptoms of bipolar disorder or depression. Some users report a reduced emotional range and some reduction in creativity.
Lithium has no obvious effects on a single dose within the therapeutic range. Doses above the therapeutic range do not produce positive effects. Effects include nausea, prickling sensation on the skin, headache progressing to confusion, delirium, coma and potentially death.
Toxicity and harm potential
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It is strongly recommended that one use harm reduction practices when using this substance.
Tolerance and addiction potential
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Although many psychoactive substances are safe to use on their own, they can quickly become dangerous or even life-threatening when combined with other substances. The following lists some known dangerous combinations, but may not include all of them. A combination that appears to be safe in low doses can still increase the risk of injury or death. Independent research should always be conducted to ensure that a combination of two or more substances is safe to consume. Some interactions listed have been sourced from Tripsit.
- Psychedelics - This combination has been reported by many users to cause seizures and psychotic breaks, notably with LSD. At least one death has been reported to be triggered by the combination of LSD and lithium.
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