Over the past 3 years,
Of course, all of this was done in a jurisdiction where it was perfectly legal to do so. For privacy reasons, that location shall remain nameless.
If you've never used them before or are wondering if you should give it a try the short answer is
You're probably not going to gain anything of value out of them in the long run, so you would be better off not using them.
I'm not going to bullshit you guys on this and I'm just going to tell it like it is since there's no point in being biased either way. For the most part - most psychedelics that are commonly used such as
- Magic Mushrooms (Psilocybin)
- Lysergic Acid Diethylamide - 25 (LSD)
- N-Dymethyltryptamine (DMT)
- 4-AcO-DMT (synthetic Psilocybin, the same stuff in mushrooms)
are fairly safe on the body and mind in moderate doses, provided you don't abuse them.
The effects are generally the same, with slight variations in the duration of the trip and sights/sounds, depending on the compound and dosages.
Long term irreparable bodily bodily damage isn't even a possibility with most psychedelics. I really only see long term mental damage happening if you take an irresponsibly huge serving in 1 sitting or make a regular habit out of using these compounds. Other than that, they're relatively safe and non neuro-toxic compared to a lot of the other not so safe stuff thats out there.
A Word on NBOMe's and Other Modern Lab Made Compounds
It seems that every few months, new and new synthetic compounds coming out of the NBOMe variety such as 25i-NBOMe and 2C-B. They are commonly sold as "research chemicals" on the Internet and a lot of them are available to legally purchase and use on your homegrown "research experiments". The vast majority of these new compounds have only been in existence for a few years and very little is know about the full term effects they have on humans.
There have been reports of a small minority of people having allergic reactions to NBOMe's. Combined with the whole "new and untested" factor, you are taking a risk on your health by choosing to use them.
Personally, I've only had a handful of experiences with NBOMe's the few times that I've used 25i-NBOMe.
I rolled the dice and turned out alright, but there's no guarantee that nothing will happen to you if you try them. My personal stance
They are dirt cheap but not worth trying or using if you happen to give a fuck about your health.
What It Feels Like To Go "Tripping" on LSD
There are plenty of videos on the Internet that use video editing software to make an attempt at showing "what it looks like" to be on a trip of a psychedelic compound, but they're all feeble attempts compared to the real thing. I was guilty of severely underestimating what 100 ug of LSD (a standard dose) could do to you.
One night I was hanging out with some friends in a dorm and we were going from room to room hanging out with different groups of people. Eventually, we met up with our friend - Jesse - who was apparently tripping out on LSD. At this point, I had done a fair bit of research on it and figured that it wasn't going to screw me over health wise.
When I pressed Jesse on what it felt like to be on a trip, he just gave a really vague description like
I can see fractals and when I wave my hand in front of my face, I can see a trail of lines behind it.
He could have just been lazy and didn't want to elaborate in great detail. Or he might have been struggling with a way to put it into words. Either way, I was persuaded by his shitty description that it wasn't that powerful of a drug and it wouldn't be that big of a deal. Boy was I wrong...
I copped a hit of LSD off Jesse and he gave me what looked like a tiny piece of paper, which I later found out was called blotter paper and wrapped it up in tin foil to use later on a rainy day.
Well that rainy day arrived sooner than I expected and funny enough it actually WAS a rainy day. I had been wanting to get my ears pierced for a while and decided that today was a good day to finally go out and do it. I found a Piercing Pagoda at the largest shopping mall in all of Maryland - Arundel Mills Mall.
I've been to countless shopping malls in my life and I've yet to encounter another one quite like Arundel Mills Mall.
Whats unique about this place is that the architecture and design of the entire place looks like something straight out of Alice in Wonderland.
(Kind of like the Mad Hatter himself was in charge of modeling the place.)
At this point, I had gotten my ears pierced and was sitting down in one of those comfy massage chairs, waiting for the acid to kick in. 30 minutes had gone by and nothing in particular was happening. 45 minutes go by... and nothing is happening. At this point, I'm starting to wonder if I had gotten fake drugs, but I've heard that in extreme cases it could take as long as 2 hours to hit you. 50 minutes go by and... something changed within me.
All of a sudden my heart was beating faster than normal. I could feel my thought pattern changing. When I looked at the floor, I could see small slivers of the marble floor moving past me as if they were moving in a small stream. After a sigh of relief that I had gotten legitimate drugs after all, I reclined back into the comfy massage chair wondering how this day would pan out. I've read many reports on the Internet written by people who had tried psychedelics (Erowid anyone?) and although I had a general idea of what to expect - "Like seeing really awesome visuals maaan" - I still didn't have any mental experience base to draw from that could relate to what it actually feels like to trip out on LSD, or any psychedelic for that matter.
Nothing I read or heard on the Internet could have possibly prepared me for what I was about to go through for the next 12 hours.
1 hour had gone by and it was at this point that the full effects of LSD were really beginning to kick in. The trail of sandy grains on the marble floor had disappeared. Instead, the entire floor itself was swirling around in patterns. I turn around and look at the wall. The walls appear to be breathing, as if they had a life of their own, and the bricks would get bigger and smaller while changing color.
Which brings me to my next point.
Everything I looked at - whether it be the back of my own hand, the marble floor, or another person was absolutely vibrant with color and had a glossy, smooth texture to it. When looking at a person's face or my own reflection in the mirror, the skin appeared perfect and glossy with no imperfections whatsoever.
At this point my head was thundering, my heart was pounding, and I had officially begun a trip with a 12 hour duration.
As I mentioned earlier, the mall that I was at looked trippy enough sober. On acid, the whole place - decorations, architecture, and shops included seemed to jump to life all around me.
Here I was in what was still essentially a brand new location to me, filled with vibrant colors and beautiful architecture, on a head full of acid. It would have been a crime to not go around exploring. Which is exactly what I did.
Change in Time Perception
One of the most interesting features about psychedelics - and LSD in particular - is the effect that it has on your time perception. I would walk around feeling like an hour or two had passed only to look at my watch and come to the mind blowing discovery that in fact only 5 minutes had passed in the real world.
A few minutes of real time feel like HOURS on acid time.
Another thing is that interacting with other human beings feels incredibly difficult. I'mCh not a social butterfly at all, nor do I have any desire to be, but I can talk to just about anyone I want with no social anxiety whatsoever. Under the influence of acid, due to the change in time perception and your own bizarre train of thought, holding a conversation with another human being - especially a stranger - could very well be damn near impossible.
Texture, Taste, and What It Feels Like to Eat Noodles on Acid
One of the most intriguing parts of the LSD experience is mixing it with food.
Acid distorts all 5 of your senses, including taste and smell. About a couple hours into my trip, I somehow managed to make it to the food court, order some noodles, pay for it, and sit down.
(Its also worth mentioning that at this point I had somehow forgotten how to open a water bottle and had to ask a stranger to open it for me).
The low mein noodles neither looked or felt like noodles. It appeared as if a sea of animate noodles was crawling around on the plate in front of me. Every bite and swallow felt weird and awkward as if the noodles were trying to crawl down my throat.
Paranoia, Fear, and Anxiety
For the majority of people, your first trip will be your most intense trip. Afterwards, I experimented with higher dosages but didn't trip nearly as hard as I did on that first trip with a single tab.
For nearly the entirety of the 12 hour trip, I was gripped with the fear that my phone, wallet, and keys would somehow slip out of my pocket and I'd somehow lose them and be stuck in the mall with no way to get out. I constantly found myself fumbling with my hands in my pockets hanging on for dear life to my belongings, feeling as if they would depart from me if I didn't leave them alone.
Doesn't make a whole lot of sense does it? It doesn't have to make sense.
Nothing has to make sense when you're on psychedelics.
I could feel the sweat pouring out from my forehead and my hands. I couldn't tell if it was because of my heartrate (which was the fastest its ever been in my entire life), the anxiety, or a physiological response to the acid itself.
I even remember pulling out my phone and trying to Google "I'm tripping so hard right now" which was a mission in and of itself since the icons on the screen kept moving around.
There were many times I felt as if my head was going to explode from all the insanity and I would say to myself
There's no way in hell I'm going to have a break down in public. This will end eventually and I will make it through just fine.
The scariest part about the whole experience was the time perception. Mentally it would feel like a couple hours had passed, the trip was coming to an end, and I could finally go home. Then I would look at my watch and realize to my horror that only 5 minutes had gone by.
Its easy to feel like a trip will last forever and never end whether you're having a good time or a bad time because of the way it warps your perception of space and time.
Right around the ~10 hour mark, the hardcore hallucinations had come to an end. The acid was still in effect, the patterns on the floor were still swirling slowly, and my pupils were still gigantic. But the hardcore part of the trip had safely come to an end. My legs were still hurting from walking around for nearly 10 hours straight but other than that, I was completely fine.
Time to call it a day. I called an Uber and got a ride back to my place, looking forward to the much needed rest I was about to get.
Was it worth it?
To satiate my curiosity and finally know what it means to trip out, yes.
Did I have any life altering epiphanies? The only thing that shocked me is that inexpensive drugs existed which could distort your senses to such a degree.