A Comprehensive Analysis of Hallucinogen Induced States of Unity and Interconnectedness
I am writing this article to serve as a dedicated analysis and description regarding my current understanding towards what I consider to be the most profound and important freestanding component within the entirety of the hallucinogenic experience. In the past, I have already written about the experience of states of unity and interconnectedness within this article here. This piece of writing however makes the incorrect assumption that this state is exclusively associated with level 7B visual geometry. It was also written from a perspective which is extremely limited in comparison to the understanding which I have since built up over the past few months. However, it is extremely important for me to make it clear that I have not come even remotely close to fully grasping or even comprehending both the logic behind this experience and its many potential consequences.
This is a level of understanding which I do not expect to ever reach. Despite this however, I am determined to steadily progress what I have already learnt through a combination of constant analysis and in-depth discussions with an increasingly large amount of people who have undergone this component.
To begin with, I will describe the specific subjective experience and consistent effects of this component in as much detail as possible.
It starts with a change in perspective which is consistently interpreted as the lifting of a deeply embedded and all encompassing illusion. The destruction of this leads onto feelings that the tripper has undergone some sort of profound “awakening” or “enlightenment”.
This illusion feels as though it has always been in place, forcing a person’s perspective of the world into feeling as if their concept of “self” or “I” with which they identify themselves as, is assumed to intrinsically follow two fundamental rules. The first of these rules is that the self is inherently separate from the external environment and could not possibly extend into it. The second is that the self is specifically limited to not even the physical body as a whole, but exclusively a person’s ego or internal narrative and the image of their own personality as built up through social interactions with other people.
Once removed, the absence of this inbuilt illusion can lead onto two possible levels of cognitive intensities which both follow very consistent and interlocking themes.
The lower and more basic of these two levels can be referred to as external environment specific states of unity and interconnectedness. It can be described as a loss of perceived boundaries between the physical body and either the entirety of the external environment or specific things contained within it. This is felt to be the result of a person’s central sense of self becoming attributed to not just the internal narrative of the ego but in equal measure, to the human body in its entirety and the things around it which it is physically connected to through the senses. This creates the undeniable perspective that the external environment is no longer a separate world which the “I” is confronting and disconnected from, but a single unified system of behaviour. This experience provides the perspective that you are the external environment experiencing itself through the specific point within it that this body’s physical sensory awareness and conscious thought happens to reside in. This sensation is generally described by most people as “becoming one with the things around me”.
The most common and relatable examples of states of unity and interconnectedness, which are manifested as specific to the external environment, include but are certainly not limited to the following perspectives:
- Becoming one with a specific object which you are interacting with.
- Becoming one with a specific person which you interacting with.
(particularly common if engaging in sexual activities)
- Becoming one with large crowds of people.
(particularly common at raves and music festivals)
- Becoming one with immediately perceivable nature but not man kind.
- Becoming one with the immediate external environment as a whole.
The second and highest level of intensity for this component can be referred to as all encompassing states of unity and interconnectedness. It is at this point of intensity when the experience become infinitely more profound and limitless in its effects.
Once this level is reached, the external systems which a person’s central sense of self has become attributed to and one with is no longer limited to the immediately perceivable environment. Instead, it envelops and becomes attributed to the entirety of a person’s internally stored model of reality, existence and the universe as a whole.
This creates the sudden undeniable perspective that you are literally the entire universe experiencing itself, exploring itself and performing actions onto itself through the very specific point of space and time which your ego and conscious perception happens to reside in.
This is a feeling that when experienced, is immediately and universally understood to be an undeniable truth by anybody who undergoes it. It results in a number of profound consequences and changes in worldview or philosophical perspective which seem to follow fairly consistent themes across almost all people who experience this component. These include but are certainly not limited to:
- A new system of ethics which values the well being of the external as on par with the importance of the ego.
- The sensation that talking to others is the experience of engaging with another part of yourself.
- The sensation that the act of learning is the universe discovering itself and so extremely important this it is accompanied by pleasurable full body mind orgasms and frissons.
- The immediate interpretation of music, films and art as messages which are sent to you through the universe as a whole.
- A perspective which feels personally responsible for the entirety of histories human suffering, as well as every single human act of love and technological achievement which our species has committed onto itself.
- The obviousness of monogamy as a culturally bound tradition which stems from a combination of the ego’s sense of separateness from others and its deep psychological insecurities.
- A perspective which feels as if death can finally be accepted. This is because it is no longer felt to be the destruction of the self but simply the end of this specific point of conscious awareness which will continue to live on through everything which it resides in.
This is a component which can either be felt as a temporary sensation that disappears as the tripper sobers up or it can become integrated into a new perspective of the world for weeks, months or years after the experience itself.
It is seemingly completely spontaneous in its rate of occurrence but seems to be particularly common during states of level 7B visual geometry when the tripper is by themselves. It also seems to occur when deep introspection results in the tripper truly resolving and coming to terms with each of their specific sets of insecurities in a way that has allowed them to become finally acceptant and content with who they are as a person.
In terms of the specific substances which are capable of inducing this component, the list currently confirms that it is possible within,
Psilocin, 4-AcO-DMT, DMT, LSD, MDMA, Ketamine, DXM and Salvia divinorum.
Similar notions of unity and the illusory nature of the self seem to be discussed heavily throughout a huge variety of religious, philosophical and psychological sources, which have been produced across both modern and ancient human history. Each of these exist independently from the experience of hallucinogenic substances. I have done my best to collect and list all of these below:
- The Buddhist phrase of anatta, which can be read about in detail here, specifically refers to the concept of “no-self”. This is the teaching that all things perceived by the senses (including the mental sense of thought) are not really “I” or “mine”, and for this reason one should not cling to them.
- Monism which can be read about in detail here, is a philosophical position which argues that there is only one thing, which all things are not separate from but working together within as a unified system of behaviour.
- The Hindu philosophy known as Nondualism can be read about in detail here. This is an idea which states that there is no difference between the concept of Brahman (the external environment) and Ātman (the self).
- The formally defined world view known as Interconnectedness, which can be read about in detail here, defines itself as the idea that all things are of a single underlying substance and reality, and that there is no true separation deeper than appearances.
- In psychology, egolessness, which can be read about in detail here, is an emotional state where one feels no ego (or self); of having no distinct being apart from the world around oneself. This is often described as feelings of oneness and being inextricably woven to the fabric of one’s surroundings or environment.
- In Freudian psychology, oceanic feeling which can be read about in detail here, is described as a sensation of an indissoluble bond, as of being connected with the external world in its integral form which is considered to be the source of religious energy. From this perspective, the feeling is referred to as an entirely subjective fact and is not an article of faith.
- The overview effect, which is described in detail within this documentary here, is a documented change in perspective experienced by astronauts who see the earth from above. It is described as perceiving the earth as a single unified system with which we are all a part of.
- Alan Watts, a famous philosopher spoke extensively about the illusory nature of the self. His lectures are extremely informative and can be found in full through torrents on the pirate bay and in parts within many videos across Youtube. His book “The book on the taboo of knowing who you are” is dedicated to a formal explanation of the philosophies and logic behind this perspective and can be found within the form of a free PDF here.
My personal interpretation or description of the themes within these philosophies (which may well be overly simplified or completely wrong) is that the individual and the universe cannot be logically defined as separate systems. This is because, to define a physical object of any sort in even the most basic level of detail, you must also provide an account of the way in which it physically interacts with and is completely dependent on its particular external environment. In turn, the external environment which the original object resides within cannot be fully defined without taking into account the surrounding systems which it is also contained within and so on outwards to encompass existence as a whole. This renders the self or any individual concept as something which can not logically be defined as a contained and separate system from the rest of the universe.
In the very same way that you cannot logically have up without down, left without right, something without nothing, light without dark or positive without negative. You cannot have self without other or each without all because the two concepts inter-depend and exclusively exist in an inseparable and unified relationship to each other.
This suggests to me that one is permitted to use terms such as “I”, “you”, and so on, not because they refer to an empirical and separate self, but simply because they are convenient linguistic tools for use in conversation which should not be considered as anything more than a symbolic approximation or measurement.
Regardless of the legitimacy of these theistic and philosophical perspectives which may be inherently delusional or false, feelings of becoming “one with universe” which are pervasive within human culture, is undoubtedly one of the most profoundly positive changes in perspective that a human being could possibly go through.
Assuming however that this is a rational and logically sound perspective, I am left with two alternate hypotheses in regards to why this illusion seems to be so deeply embedded into each and everyone of us.
The first of these is that it perhaps this illusion formed because it is an evolutionary advantage for the ego to feel intrinsically separate from and more significant than, the external environment as a means of ensuring the motivation for survival. This was my previous theory but upon further analysis has proven implausible. I do not see any physical route through which a drug that simply activates or deactivates receptors could change something that is hard wired into the very structure of the brain.
The second of these personal hypotheses is that the illusion of separateness does not stem from a hardware problem but a software problem. I personally believe that unity may well be the default evolutionary perspective through which human beings originally operated, but it has been suppressed through a purely cultural or more specifically, linguistic problem. This could potentially stem from the way that despite the many obvious benefits of language, it pays a price through completely reorganizing our perception of the world into intrinsically separate labels that in reality, are merely glimpses of a unified whole. It’s an overcoming of this deeply embedded illusion that hallucinogens could theoretically rise above through the way in which they forcibly induce embedded and otherwise hidden states of mind that exist within the subconscious.
If myself and the psychonaut community as a whole dedicate themselves to coming to a total understanding of this important component, the potential consequences could have historical significance. Were the subtle environmental triggers to be accurately determined, it would be theoretically possible to consistently induce permanent and all encompassing states of unity and interconnectedness in a clinical setting. This would provide the entirety of the human species to a total freedom from our psychological, unnecessary and purely ego driven suffering which consumes our entire perspective of the world.
If you have had any experience with this component whatsoever please do report this in the comment section below and the drug which it occurred on. This provides myself and everybody else with extremely valuable data and would be greatly appreciated.
25I-NBOMe, broken down and described
Total : 6 - 10 hrs
Onset : 15 - 120 mins
Plateau : 2 - 4 hrs
Coming Down : 1 - 4 hrs
Threshold : 50 - 250 ug (micrograms)
Light : 200 - 600 ug
Common : 500 - 800 ug
Strong : 700 - 1500 ug
25I-NBOMe or 2C-I-NBOMe is a serotonergic N-benzyl derivative of the substituted phenethylamine psychedelic known as 2C-I.
It has nearly no history of human use prior to 2010 when it first became popular due its ease of purchase from online research chemical vendors.
25I-NBOMe was discovered in 2003 by Ralf Heim at the Free University of Berlin, it differs from 2C-I structurally through a substitution on the amine (NH2) with a 2-methoxybenzyl (BOMe) group as shown in the image above. This change in structure results in a sixteen fold increase in potency when compared to 2C-I, allowing even the most extreme of dosages to fit in liquid form onto tabs and blotter paper which people often mistake for LSD.
There are, however, methods of differentiating between LSD and adulterants like 25I-NBOMe with and without test kits.
For example, one of the key differences between 25I-NBOMe and LSD is that this substance is only active when taken through a sublingual or insufflated route. This means that in order to get the full effects, 25I-NBOMe blotter paper must be lightly chewed on within the mouth for 10 - 20 minutes and never immediately swallowed.
Insufflation however is not recommended due to the amount of people who have suffered through dangerous and often fatal overdoses thanks to this route of administration.
25I-NBOMe is pharmacologically unique when compared to other psychedelics through the way in which it is one of the only full agonists for the human 5ht2a receptor in existence. In comparison, classical psychedelics such as LSD, DMT and Psilocin can only be considered partial agonists. This difference in receptor affinity results in an unusual and qualitatively different trip which is broken down and described below…
Assuming the substance has been taken sublingually, the very first physical effect which a person will notice immediately after sublingual absorption is a strong, unpleasant metallic chemical taste. This is accompanied by a very obvious feeling of general numbness of the tongue and mouth which can stay for up to an hour after the blotter paper has been consumed.
This is the key difference when it comes to determining whether your blotter paper contains LSD or 25I-NBOMe.
As the tripper begins to come up, nausea is not uncommon and can sometimes result in initial vomiting but passes once this has happened or the trip begins to fully set in. However, in comparison to other psychedelics such as Psilocin, LSD, 2C-E and 2C-I this could actually be very considered very mild in intensity.
For most people this substance induces a unique type of physical stimulation which can be described as feeling extremely energetic but in a way which does not force the tripper to move unless they genuinely choose to. This is a very different experience when compared to other stimulating psychedelics such as AMT, MDMA and the 2Cx family which at high doses, will leave a person uncontrollably shaking and vibrating should they attempt to ignore the stimulation and sit still.
For a certain percentage of people however the stimulation can be quite uncontrollable, occasionally resulting in bodily shakes and a grinding of the teeth comparable to that of MDMA and traditional stimulants such as Amphetamine. This cannot be prevented but made very comfortable and quite bearable with the addition of chewing gum.
The body high itself can be described as a generally mild, all encompassing soft but euphoric tingling sensation. This tingling sensation is also accompanied by spontaneous rushes of euphoria that become longer and more drawn out proportional to the dosage consumed.
In terms of the body’s perceived weight, this substance consistently leaves people feeling extremely light, often to the point of total weightlessness.
This is commonly accompanied by strong feelings of physical autonomy and a sense of disconnection from the body which makes it feel as if the body is not your own and partially or completely moving under its own accord.
Along side this; there is also a mild reduction in a person’s ability to use fine and gross motor control, making it difficult to perform physical tasks. However, in comparison to other psychedelics such as Psilocin, LSD and 2C-I this could actually be very considered very mild and relatively functional.
It is worth noting that an undetermined percentage of people who experiment with this drug will experience negative physical side effects such as a temporary difficulty in urinating and vasoconstriction. This is defined as the narrowing of the blood vessels resulting from contraction of the muscular wall of the vessels and is triggered through the way in which 25I-NBOMe’s target receptor (5ht2a) modulates both vasoconstriction and vasodilation among its many other functions.
Physically speaking, this can become very uncomfortable but can be considered as safe at sensible dosages. The sensation itself can be described as feelings of tightness and mild to distinct stinging sensations within the arms, legs and neck.
The head space of 25I-NBOMe is remarkably light and underwhelming in comparison to classical psychedelics such as LSD, Psilocin and 2C-I.
An extremely unique aspect of this trip is the way in which most people report feeling almost completely sober even throughout visually intense experiences in terms of their cognitive abilities, with no noticeable change in the specific style of their current thought stream.
At other points however, waves of mild to overwhelming cognitive alterations are certainly present. These waves of cognitive alterations become longer and more drawn out proportional to the dosage consumed. They have so far been confirmed to include,
emotional euphoria, introspection, an enhancement of current mind state, an acceleration of thought, an increased connectivity of thought, time dilation, feelings of deja-vu, the removal of our cultural filter, the emancipation of our internal narrative from the limitations of exclusively linguistic content, induced mindfulness, introspection, induced spiritual or religious perspectives, ego suppression, ego loss and ego death.
There are also mild to powerful but inconsistently manifested entactogenic effects for people who try this substance. This results in increased feelings of love and empathy towards friends and partners in way that therapeutically builds relationships and solves interpersonal problems. These effects do not seem to be quite as strong or profound as those found within other entactogens such as MDMA, AMT and 2CB but are still certainly present and very noticeable.
The visual effects of 25I-NBOMe are extremely diverse and significantly more complex than 2C-I, with a style to them which could be considered to be similar in appearance and behaviour to that of a typical LSD trip.
In terms of visual enhancements, 25I-NBOMe presents a full and complete array of effects with increased visual acuity, enhancement of colours and an increased sense of pattern recognition all displaying themselves in a level of detail on par with any of the classical psychedelics.
As for visual distortions and alterations,
Visual drifting (melting, breathing, warping and flowing) displays a complete smoothness and high level of detail in its appearance that is far beyond the comparatively embarrassing simplicity and low frame rates of equivalent visual effects found under the influence of the close structural relative of this substance known as 2C-I.
Tracers are reported by many to be much more powerful and colourful in proportion to the visual intensity of the trip when compared to substances such as LSD, Psilocin and 2C-I. This stems from the way in which they are capable of reaching opaque level 3 tracers and trails throughout even the lightest of experiences.
Texture repetition is also present alongside this but does not reach the same level of complexity found within classical psychedelics such as LSD and Psilocin.
Colour shifting and depth perception distortions are present but do not seem to differentiate themselves in stylistic appearance from that of any other psychedelics.
Scenery slicing is so far unconfirmed but entirely possible.
The visual geometry that is present throughout this trip is extremely similar in appearance to that of LSD.
As these geometric forms stand for themselves in terms of stylistic appearance they can be comprehensively described as algorithmic in geometric style, intricate in complexity, fine and zoomed out in detail, fast and smooth in motion, structured in shape, colourful in scheme, glossy in colour, sharp around the edges and motly rounded across their corners.
In comparison to other more commonly used psychedelics they can be described as significantly more intricate than the visual geometry found within 2C-I and most of the 2Cx family in general as well as completely on par with LSD, Psilocin and DMT.
In terms of their behaviour, 25I-NBOMe’s psychedelic geometry leads onto level 7A visual geometry with level 7B remaining so far unconfirmed within this substance. They also seem to consistently build up in visual intensity when the tripper stares at a central point. This eventually envelops the visual field and creates the sensation that the tripper has broken through into a continuously shifting geometric landscape or structure with a vast sense of immersive physical size attributed to it.
In terms of hallucinatory states with 25I-NBOMe, this substance seems to be extremely lacking in defined imagery, autonomous entity contact, imagined landscapes, concepts and scenarios. However, transformations within the external environment which partially follow the content of your internal narrative are consistently present.
The auditory effects of 25I-NBOME are particularly high in comparison to that of LSD, DMT and Psilocin.
They are most commonly manifested in two distinct forms,
The first of these is a loss of audio filtering which is on par with that of any of the classical psychedelics resulting in an extremely sense of music appreciation.
The second of these two effects are auditory hallucinations, these generally regard random audial concepts such as music, voices and sounds throughout the duration of the trip.
To a lesser extent, auditory distortions and thought stream relevant sound effects such as phasers and other noises are also present.
Health effects, addiction potential and tolerance:
25I-NBOMe is a very new substance, and little is known about its pharmacological or behavioural risks. The LD50 is not known. Some deaths have been attributed to 25I-NBOMe overdose caused by improper handling and uneducated use of this substance. Its recent widespread use suggests that death is primarily caused from overdoses and not from ordinary doses, particularly from insufflation.
The fact that 25I-NBOMe is active in the microgram range is likely a contributing factor since this makes measuring doses significantly more difficult.
It’s worth noting that although many 5-HT2A agonists have documented safety, none of these have been full agonists so their safety data can not be applied to 25I-NBOMe.
In terms of its addictive potential, 25I-NBOMe has not been studied formally but due to its immediate tolerance build up which lasts up to 2 - 3 weeks after the experience, it is essentially impossible to use this substance compulsively.
- 25I-NBOMe is unscheduled under United States federal law. However, it could possibly be considered an analog of 2C-I (a Schedule I controlled substance) under the Federal Analogue Act. In this case, sale or possession of 25I-NBOMe with the intent of human consumption would be illegal.
- Virginia, Louisiana, and Florida have specifically scheduled 25I-NBOMe as a Schedule I controlled substance.
- All NBOMe substituted phenethylamines are controlled in Russia.
Every where else in the world however, 25I-NBOMe is completely unscheduled and freely available to anybody with an internet connection. If you wish to obtain this substance despite the risks involved you can literally type “buy 25I-NBOMe” into google and find several legitimate vendors on the very first page.
Please keep in mind however that 25I-NBOMe is NOT being sold by anybody specifically for the purposes human consumption as this would be genuinely illegal within most if not all countries.
In conclusion, 25I-NBOMe is an extremely interesting psychedelic but does not quite compare in terms of visual and cognitive depth if you have access to classical psychedelics such as genuine LSD, DMT and Psilocin.
I will not be seeking this substance out again but experimenting with it has certainly been an interesting and enjoyable experience.
Please go ahead and let me know if you agree or disagree with any particular points contained within this article by using the comment system below.
Previously undocumented component : The emancipation of our internal narrative from the limitations of exclusively linguistic content
This article is dedicated to providing a detailed description for one of four previously undocumented cognitive components of the psychedelic experience which I am currently in the process of writing up. I have experienced this component throughout every single one of my countless trips over the past 3 years. Despite this however, it has taken me 2 and half years to develop a vocabulary which was capable of even noticing its presence, several months to formulate a description which could be considered comprehensive in my own eyes and even longer to pin down a suitable title for that which has never before been named.
This specific component is not a high level effect and can generally be felt along side and above level 1 – 3 psychedelic geometry. It is extremely common and could be described as universal, occurring at varying levels under the influence of almost every psychedelic compound known to man.
So far this list confirms through myself and others to include but certainly not remain limited to,
Psilocin, Psilocybin, Psilacetin, Mescaline, DMT, Ayahuasca, LSD, LSA, AMT, Harmine, 2C-B, 2C-E, 2C-I, 2C-P, and 5-MeO-DMT.
The emancipation of our internal narrative from the limitations of exclusively linguistic content can be described as a forced change in perspective which frees the ego’s conscious thought stream from remaining strictly limited to words and labels. This allows it to think not just in descriptions, but directly in the internally stored concepts that lay behind our linguistic and descriptive knowledge base.
In terms of how this feels experientially, it can be described as the sensation of the concepts behind the words of our internal narrative becoming somehow cognitively felt at every point across themselves in a very high level of detail. Along side this they are also perceived through a simultaneous partially to fully animated visual manifestation that differs from that of an ordinary hallucination through the fact that it exclusively occurs within the minds eye, always remaining completely separate from the trippers direct line of sight.
The experience of directly experiencing the internally stored concepts which lay just behind human description results in the perceived ability of being able to clearly feel in a profound and emotionally intuitive format, the precise consequences, limitations and position within this universe of any singular concept. These feelings are consistently interpreted as a “higher level of understanding” which seems to stem from the way in which this perspective reveals human language to be intrinsically self limited. This intrinsic self limitation is shown by integrating previously held knowledge into a persons felt perspective, transcending our intellectually understood knowledge and showing that words can only act as mere shortcuts to the concepts which they exist to describe.
At lower levels, these integrations of previously held knowledge into the trippers felt perspective can be described as thought stream specific. This means that the concepts which are being felt and seen are exclusively relevant to the words which you are currently thinking. These will feel identical in stylistic behavior whether the concept is arrived at by a simple wandering of thoughts or triggered through the experience of a concept or object perceived within the external environment.
Perhaps the most common example of this which those within the psychedelic community could relate to would be the experience of looking at a plant of any sort and internally feeling as well as visually perceiving, everything that you happen to know about photosynthesis and the evolution of plants no matter how vague or abstract this knowledge might be.
At higher levels, these integrations of previously held knowledge into the trippers felt perspective stop being specific to the words contained within your current thought stream and start becoming all encompassing towards every last internally stored piece of knowledge the tripper has ever known.
This leads onto feelings which are consistently interpreted as a new found level of “total and complete understanding” as the consequences, limitations and position within this universe of every single concept which the tripper previously only knew in terms of its description, becomes felt through a very real and undeniable perspective.
Perhaps the most common examples of these which those within the psychedelic community will relate to, that I have experienced myself and observed through others, would be the experience of a total and profound understanding regarding but not limited to, the themes and archetypes listed below.
- General scientific principles.
- Taking care of your personal health.
- Your position within nature and higher systems of order.
- The consequences of your actions and your responsibility towards them.
- Human civilization as the literal cutting edge of physical complexity.
- Living in balance with nature to the best of your abilities.
- The inevitability of death.
- The sheer unlikeliness of personal existence.
It’s through the direct experience of the concepts behind our knowledge that new life changing perspectives are suddenly felt in an obvious way. These new found viewpoints are rarely considered by the tripper to be the creation of a single new idea or creative insight. Instead they are nothing more than the integration of previously held knowledge which was already understood intellectually into a new fou them in an undeniable, clearly understandable and emotionally felt format which lies within a level of detail far beyond normal human language and description.
At lower levels, these integrations of knowledge are felt to be temporary and consistently subside along with the effects of the substance which has been consumed.
At higher levels however, specific or all encompassing pieces of knowledge can become permanently integrated into a trippers felt perspective for weeks, months, years and even a lifetime after the experience itself. If the knowledge integration has been specific it will likely consist of things which have been only recently learnt or discovered in the preceding days or perhaps weeks before the trip.
This component allows psychedelic users to gain access to a profound and very literal expansion of their consciousness, resulting in extremely therapeutic changes in their perception of the world.
It’s worth noting however that many people including myself have reported that they can experience low level versions of this component when simply high on marijuana.
Personal experience has led me to confirm that this state can even be triggered throughout every day life in temporary, thought stream specific forms through mindful meditation sessions. I have yet to write anything regarding my knowledge behind meditation but intend to at some point in the future and will tie the relevant parts of it directly into this component.
If you have had any experience with this component whatsoever please do report this in the comment section below and the drug or mind state which it occurred on. This provides myself and everybody else with extremely valuable data and would be greatly appreciated.
Defining formal guidelines for documenting the subjective effects of hallucinogens
I am writing this article to define the exact analytical processes that I run through when breaking down and describing the subjective effects of any specific substance. This is because I consistently receive messages on a regular basis from people who seem to be genuinely astonished that I can seemingly describe “the impossible” in a clear and understandable format. This is despite the fact that many of the people who send me these messages seem to be vastly better spoken as well as considerably more intelligent and educated than I will ever be. Something which has led me to the conclusion that it has almost nothing to do with a person’s intelligence, use of language or background because at this point, I am simply well practised and nothing more. This is because over the last two years I have gradually and unconsciously developed a technique which can be applied to literally any substance in existence for the purposes of documenting their subjective effects in a formal and understandable manner.
It’s here in this article that I will explain in detail every single variable and piece of information that needs to be analyzed and questioned when a person is breaking down, for the first time, the experience of a previously undocumented hallucinogen. It will serve as an organized index of hallucinogenic effects and also provide people with guidelines on the pre-existing knowledge and experience they should have as well as general tips regarding the easiest and most convenient ways to record accurate data in the correct setting with minimal amounts of external influence.
I am doing this for two reasons, to better define the process for myself and so that if I die in some sort of horrible accident tomorrow, the project can continue regardless.
It’s important to note that before anybody is capable of accurately documenting the subjective effects of any class of specific hallucinogen, they need to have a good understanding of what they are getting into. There are two equally important methods behind this that are both necessary to ensure the tripper is not overwhelmed with disorientation and that they have the appropriate vocabulary to describe very specific details regarding the experience.
The first of these is to study and understand in as much detail as possible, the exact effects which their chosen class of hallucinogen is going to induce. This can be done by thoroughly reading through and studying the pre-existing guides which I have already written for psychedelics, dissociatives and deliriants. If this is done, it will ensure that you are completely familiar with the names, descriptions and preset terminologies’ regarding each and every specific effect that you are likely to come across. This will equip you with the appropriate vocabulary to understand and describe the experience which you are currently going through in a level of detail which would be otherwise impossible. It will also guarantee that others can understand your writings, because knowledge of the preset terminologies and names will mean that your use of language should be consistent with how other people would describe the same experience.
The second of these methods is to ensure that you not only understand what you are getting into but are completely familiar with it. This should be done by ensuring that you have had prior in-depth experience with at least one class of hallucinogen to the point where you can remain calm and aware of the current situation throughout the entirety of the experience with minimal confusion. This is completely necessary because without prior experience you will not be able to accurately describe the effects to others and will simply become overwhelmed with the disorienting intensity of the trip instead. So, if you are not already familiar with the class of hallucinogen which the specific substance resides in, you can do so by simply experimenting with it. Starting with low threshold dosages and working your way up in small increments as you feel comfortable, until you feel that you are completely familiar the substance. If you want to be truly familiar and experienced, the goal should be to become capable of comfortably withstanding the specific style of ego loss and eventually ego death which the substance you are experimenting with has to offer. This could take anywhere from 3 to 50 separate trips and is completely dependant on the individual but it is extremely important to note that nothing should be rushed and the user should only increase their dosage as they feel comfortable.
Finally, although this is not 100% necessary, it’s worth noting that if you are categorizing the effects of specific psychedelics it can be extremely helpful to do this not just as they stand for themselves but in comparison to other more commonly used psychedelics such as LSD or Psilocin (Mushrooms / 4-aco-dmt). These are the two substances which I write every specific substance guide in relation to simply because they are the two most widely used psychedelics in existence and writing about substances in relation to them provides a significantly clearer picture to potential users.
First and foremost, the most important thing to understand when you are documenting the effects of hallucinogens is to understand exactly what you should and shouldn’t be recording. The goal of categorizing and documenting the subjective effects of hallucinogens is to describe in an easy to understand, empirical and objective manner the very specific effects which these hallucinogens induce across all people. This should be done in a way that uses clear, rational language that does not depend on metaphor or analogy. It is not a trip report and therefore does not include personal experiences but should concentrate exclusively on the universally experienced effects.
The easiest and most efficient way to ensure accurate documentation of the subjective effects of any hallucinogen is to record your experience through audio or video as it is happening or having a close friend write down everything which is being said. This should ensure that you do not become a victim to drug induced amnesia and simply forget the experience immediately after it has happened.
A close friend who is equally as knowledgeable, experienced and familiar with these states as the tripper should be there to facilitate the experience by interviewing them in as much detail as possible. They should do this by ensuring that they are comfortable and by actively encouraging the tripper to describe the effects, ensuring that each and every relevant comment which they make is recorded.
In the section below I am going to provide every one of the differing variables between the various categories of sensation which are experienced throughout every specific hallucinogen. To determine and comprehensively document the exact nature of the drug which you are using, simply study the information below and use it as a check list which allows you to choose and note down the specific components and sub-components which most accurately fit and describe the exact experience you are currently going through.
Be sure to not only note their presence and how often they occur, but to comment on their level of intensity in relation to the current level of visual effects and experience. It’s also important to note that many of the subcomponents below can only be described in relation to their opposites. This means that a large portion of the sensations are usually lying somewhere between the two conflicting extremes but can also be felt as a mixture of the two. If they are felt as a mixture of the two, be sure to note down whether these conflicting effects occur simultaneously or if they alternate between the two in an either spontaneous or consistent rhythm.
Potential Physical effects:
Increase in pre-existing tactile sensations,
This can be described as a mild - extreme increases in a persons awareness of the nerve endings across the body.
This can result in an the pleasure derived from tactile sensations such as touching, hugging, kissing and sex becoming greatly enhanced, or it can result in an oversensitivity of the skin which causes the same sensations to become overwhelming and uncomfortable.
Effects such as these are a near universal experience with psychedelics but seemingly non existent and unconfirmed for both dissociatives and deliriants.
Decrease in Pre-Existing Tactile Sensations,
This can be described as sensations of Physical Anaesthesia and a simple lack of sensation and general numbness across the body. It eventually increases until nothing is felt and the body is completely anaesthetized.
This effect is universally present throughout dissociative experiences but currently unconfirmed with pyschedelics and deliriants.
Spontaneous Tactile Sensations (body high),
The differences between each differing style of body high can be broken five basic opposites of sensation.
- Moving vs. Motionless – Feelings of tingling nerve endings will either fluidly move themselves up and down various parts of the body in spontaneous directions or they will remain still and consistent in their position.
- Constant vs. Spontaneous – Feelings of tactile noise will either be constantly present throughout a significant portion of the trip or they will spontaneously and temporarily manifest themselves at random points for differing durations of time.
- Sharp vs. Soft – Feelings of tingling nerve endings will either be perceived to feel soft, warm and gentle on the skin or sharp and cold.
- All encompassing vs. Location specific - Feelings of tactile noise can either be felt across every square inch of the skin or in very specific locations such as the ends of the fingers and toes, up and down the spinal column or across/ within the head.
- Euphoric vs. Dysphoric – At appropriately high dosages, feelings of tactile noise and tingling nerve endings can either be interpreted as immensely and overwhelmingly pleasurable or they can go in the opposite direction and become extremely uncomfortable.
- Tactile hallucinations – This particular subcomponent of hallucinogen induced spontaneous tactile sensations is unique in that it behaves differently and feels as if it is generated by a different neurological mechanism entirely. Instead of differing styles of euphoric tingling sensations, these manifest themselves as hallucinations which occur across the skin. They are best described as feelings of physical things such as people or insects touching the body and in various places in a wide variety of ways. In addition these hallucinations can be felt as complex and structured arrangements of vibration across the skin.
The above effects are a universal experience with psychedelics and a common experience with dissociatives and deliriants.
Changes in energy levels,
A persons energy levels can be changed in a way that is either interpreted as physically stimulating and encouraging when it comes to movement or physically sedating and discouraging through sensations of bodily calmness and relaxation.
Changes in Physical Perception,
This can be described as not a change in the amount of tactile sensation that is received from the physical body but a change in the way in which our body is perceived. It can be manifested in three differing styles.
- Increase vs. Decrease in weight – Feelings of a change in physical perception can manifest itself as feelings of the body becoming extremely heavy and difficult or sometimes impossible to move, resulting in feelings of slowness and sluggishness. In contrast however, feelings of the body becoming extremely light and easy to move are also possible, resulting in feelings of increased energy and a general sense of bounciness.
- Increase vs. Decrease in size – Feelings of a change in physical perception can manifest itself as feelings of the body becoming moderately to infinitely larger in size. In contrast, the perceived size of the body can decrease and become anywhere from moderately to infinitely smaller in size.
This effect is extremely common on dissociatives, possible on psychedelics and specifically on amanita muscaria but is so far unconfirmed for deliriants.
- Changes in the direction and intensity of gravity – Feelings of gravity changing in its direction and intensity are most common throughout high level experiences on certain hallucinogens. For example, feeling as if you are flying forwards, backwards, upwards, downwards, in multiple directions at once or in a singular direction that doesn’t make sense are extremely common throughout dissociatives, Salvia divinorum and high dose psychedelics such as DMT and Ayahuasca.
- Shifts in felt bodily form - Feelings of a change in physical perception can manifest itself as feelings of the body shifting in its perceived physical form without any visual alterations. For example, feelings of the body folding into itself many times over as well as stretching, expanding and condensing into, over and across itself in extremely complex ways are entirely possible.
This effect has only been confirmed to exist within dissociatives and remains unconfirmed for psychedelics and deliriants.
Changes in motor control,
This can be described as a simple increase or decrease in a person’s gross and fine motor control which can be defined as a persons ability to perform physical tasks such as walking, balancing, crawling, running, house hold tasks, instrument playing, writing, spliff rolling, etc.
Depending on the substance consumed, motor control can either decrease or increase throughout the experience. If it is decreased a general loss of balance and difficulty performing physical actions combined with unsteady and shaky hands will either partially or completely prevent the tripper from moving. If it is increased however, a greater sense of physical connection to the body will manifest itself, resulting in a newfound ability to accurately control every single muscle across the entire body with the tiniest of precise mental triggers and leading onto feelings of nimbleness and a sense of ease when performing any physical action.
Another direction in which a person’s motor control can be altered into is a sense of physical autonomy. This can be described as movement not necessarily becoming any easier or more difficult but completely automatic in its processes, creating the sensation that the body is performing the actions which you wish it to act out on its own accord.
Negative side effects,
Although most hallucinogens are a safe and generally a physically comfortable experience for the prepared, there are still certain hallucinogens that can come with a range of negative side effects which happen throughout the experience, immediately after it once the substance has worn off or both and it is important to note the specific part of the trip which these effects are felt.
Negative side effects, “come downs” or “hangovers”, are just as important to document as the positive effects. There are a number of negative side effects and I have tried to list as many of them as possible below.
- Nausea and/ or vomiting.
- Head aches.
- Jaw clenching.
- Bodily aches and throbbing.
- Frequent urination.
- Difficulty urinating.
- Sensitivity to sunlight.
- Serotonin depletion.
- Loss of coordination.
- Dry mouth and dehydration (sometimes to the point where it becomes impossible to swallow).
- Excessive sweating.
- Difficulty regulating body temperature.
- Abnormal heart beat.
- Temporary Erectile Dysfunction.
- Muscle cramps.
Some of these side effects (particularly nausea and vomiting) may not be a result of the drug itself but the way in which it has been consumed and potential contaminants which may have been ingested with it. If you are documenting the subjective effects of any hallucinogen, be sure to differentiate between the two potential causes of any negative side effects which may occur.
Potential Cognitive effects:
In this section I am going to break down and organize each and every one of the differing variables and subcategories of effects between the various cognitive sensations and alterations in thought processes which are experienced throughout every specific hallucinogen.
Enhancement of pre-existing mind state and thought processes,
This can be described as profound and exponential enhancements of a person’s current emotional state and perspective on the world. Alongside this enhancement of current mind state there are alterations and enhancements of thoughts that allow people to look at them selves and the world around them with levels of mental insight so far beyond sober living that they are often capable of having life changing consequences. These enhancements and alterations of thought patterns can be broken down into 5 basic categories.
- Acceleration of thought - This can be described as the mental process of thought being sped up significantly resulting in an abundance of new and insightful ideas.
- Increased connectedness of thought - This can be described as thought patterns becoming characterized by a powerful and fluid association of ideas with extremely wandering thoughts that are highly interconnected, resulting in the removal of any creative block as the thoughts begin to flow free.
- Increased empathy and sociability – Many hallucinogens possess what are referred to in the scientific literature as “entactogenic” or “empathogenic” effects. An entactogen or empathogen is a specific class of substance which share an ability to produce intense feelings of empathy, love, and emotional closeness to others. Many psychedelics such as 2C-B, 2C-E, 2C-I, MDA, AMT, 2C-T-7, and 2C-T-2 possess entactogenic effects and certain entactogens such as MDMA are capable of producing psychedelic effects. These can be described as general feelings of,
- Increased sociability and feelings of communication being easy or simple.
- Increased urge to communicate with others.
- Increased empathy and feelings of closeness or connection with others.
- Reduced insecurity, defensiveness, and fear of emotional injury.
These very therapeutic and mentally beneficial changes are triggered by what feels like a complete breakdown of each and every one of our inbuilt cultural and social boundaries that we have all been raised into. Allowing people to truly express their emotions and understand the perspectives of other people whilst still maintaining full control over their actions.
Suppression of pre-existing mind state and thought processes,
This is the opposite of mental enhancement and can be described as an overall suppression of mental insight and normally functioning analytical abilities. It can be broken down into 5 different simplistic subcategories of thought suppression.
- Thought deceleration – This can be described as a person’s thought stream remaining identical in its capability to reason and process information but simply becoming much slower in its ability to do so.
- Suppression of emotion – This can be described as a person’s current emotional state being suppressed and simply blocked out regardless of it being either positive or negative.
- Suppression of information processing – This can be described as a partial to complete suppression of a person’s ability to process information and logically analyse a situation in an understandable and linear fashion. This is something which can result in irrational behaviour, delirium and an inability to understand or speak in normal language.
- Suppression of memory formation (amnesia) – This can be described as the experience of large periods of time throughout the trip becoming partially or completely impossible to recall after the tripper has sobered up in the exact same fashion that our dreams are often extremely difficult to remember.
- Suppression of cultural filter – This can be briefly described as a partial to complete removal of our cultural filter. This is a psychological filter which exists within human beings and gives us a powerfully consistent, unconscious tendency to notice and assign significance to observations that confirm existing cultural beliefs, while filtering out and rationalizing observations that do not fit with prior beliefs and expectations.
This seems to occur on many psychedelics including LSD, Psilocin, DMT and Mescaline but is so far unconfirmed throughout other hallucinogens such as the 2C-X family, dissociatives and deliriants.
- Ego suppression, loss and death - Put simply, the ego is a human being’s sense of self or “I” as intrinsically separate from and somehow more important than the external environment. Every class of hallucinogens reduce and diminishes the trippers ego proportional to the dosage consumed, meaning that as dosage increases the ego goes down with it. This is a process that can be broken down into 3 basic levels.
- Ego suppression - Partial failure of a person’s short term memory resulting in a loss of focus and increased distractibility.
- Ego loss - Complete failure of a person’s short term memory resulting in a complete inability to keep track of the present situation.
- Ego death - Complete failure of a person’s long term memory resulting in an inability to remember any basic fundamental human concept including any sense of what the “I” even is.
Depending on the hallucinogen that has been consumed, the ego will be inhibited at different levels in relation to the visual intensity of the trip. For example, Ayahuasca and DMT will remain at level 1 ego suppression throughout level 5 visual experiences. In comparison, psychedelics such as LSD or Psilocin will set themselves at level 2 or 3 ego loss / death at identical levels of visual intensity. With other substances such as Salvia Divinorum however, level 2 ego loss can occur even at extremely mild levels of visual intensity. It is extremely important to note how proportional the inhibition of a person’s ego is in comparison to the visual intensity of the trip when documenting the subjective effects of any specific hallucinogen.
Inducement of previously non-existent mind states,
This can be described as triggered states of mind that are induced regardless of a persons state of mind prior to ingesting the drug.
- Euphoria vs. Dysphoria – When hallucinogens have an effect on emotion they can either induce states of positive mental euphoria that can be described as mild to overwhelming states of forced happiness, often resulting in uncontrollable smiling and laughter. In contrast to this they can also induce states of mental dysphoria which can be described as mild to extreme feelings of depression, fear and paranoia.
- States of Introspection - This can be described as overpowering levels of thought that consistently direct themselves towards an unbiased analysis of the self and ones actions, leading people to profoundly therapeutic and mentally beneficial changes in their perspective on themselves and the world around them.
- States of Outrospection - This can be described as overpowering levels of thought that consistently direct themselves towards an unbiased and extremely insightful analysis of the external, leading towards a forced contemplation of subjects which regard the “bigger picture” such as life, reality, the past, the future, the universe, our place within it and higher systems of order.
These effects have been confirmed to exist within all of the classical psychedelics and are possible with dissociative experiences but unconfirmed with deliriants.
- States of profundity, awe and reverence - This can be described as mild - overwhelming feelings of fascination and awe attributed to the external environment and everything within it. It can be described as a new found and deeply emotional childlike sense of wonder. Giving the impression that everything is profound and important, be it the universe, nature, life or everyday household objects.
This effect has been confirmed to exist on most of the classical psychedelics such as LSD, Psilocin, DMT, Ayahuasca and Mescaline but is so far unconfirmed across the 2Cx family, dissociatives and deliriants.
- States of unity and interconnectedness - In terms of how this state subjectively feels it can be generally described as a loss of perceived boundaries between the physical body and the external environment, giving the profound sensation that your central centre of self is no longer confined to the ego but attributed to everything within the external environment and ultimately the entire universe. It can be a temporary experience or it can be a permanent change in perception which lasts a life time after the trip. So far it has been confirmed to exist within LSD, psilocin and 4-aco-dmt but is almost certainly waiting to be documented within other substances.
- Sexual arousal – Although any hallucinogen which includes the physical component of a positive enhancement of tactile sensation will directly increase the amount of pleasure derived from sexual contact if it is forcibly engaged in. Certain hallucinogens such as the 2C-X family will consistently cause people to look at everything around them in a powerfully sexual context regardless of social setting.
This is an effect that occurs in two different forms and makes the passage of time difficult to keep track of and wildly distorted.
The first and most common of these effects is time deceleration and can be described as the feeling that time has completely slowed down. At its highest level this can increase until the passage of time stops completely.
The second form is known as time acceleration and can be described as the experience of time speeding up and passing much quicker than it generally should.
In this section I am going to break down and organize each and every one of the differing variables between the various visual enhancements, effects and alterations which are experienced throughout every specific hallucinogen.
Enhancement of Vision,
This can be described as an overall increase in the level of visual input attributed to the external environment that a person experiences and is manifested in a couple of different ways.
- Enhanced visual acuity - A sharp increase in visual acuity which can be described as a new found ability to comprehend the entire visual field at once, including the peripheral vision. This results in the level of visual detail attributed to external the environment heightening to the point where the edges of objects become extremely well defined.
- Enhanced colour perception – This can be described as colours becoming indescribably bright and vivid. Reds will seem “Redder”, Greens will seem “Greener” and all colours will be become much more distinct, powerful and intense than they usually are.
- Enhanced pattern recognition – This can be described as people suddenly noticing patterns and textures that they may have never previously appreciated or paid any attention to before. For example when looking at a carpet, a pavement or tree barks the complexity and beauty of the texture suddenly becomes obvious.
The above components are a universal experience on psychedelic substances but non existent with dissociatives and deliriants.
Suppression of vision,
This can be described as an overall increase in the level of visual input attributed to the external environment that a person experiences and is manifested in a total of 3 different ways.
- Decreased visual acuity – This can be described as vision becoming partially or completely blurred and indistinct.
- Double vision – This can be described as doubled vision that makes fine vision and reading essentially impossible unless the tripper closes one eye.
- Suppression of pattern recognition – This can be described as the registering of objects and concepts becoming partially to completely suppressed. Resulting in the mental process of recognizing objects and sensory input for what they are becoming slowed down or halted completely.
The above components are confirmed to exist within both dissociatives and deliriants but non existent within psychedelics.
This subcomponent can be generally described as open eye alterations and changes in perception attributed to pre-existing stimuli such as the external environment appearing to breath, melt, flow and warp. They can also present themselves as alterations in depth perception, colour shifting and tracers. All these distortions come in a variety of different styles but each of these can be broken down into a few basic subcomponents and rules which are described below.
- Visual drifting - This can be described as the experience of the objects and scenery appearing to become progressively warped and morphed across the visual field in a variety of complex ways. It’s important to note the exact level of visual drifting (1 – 4) which has occurred throughout the trip. Visual drifting may come in a huge variety of styles depending on the substance consumed. It has been confirmed as an almost universal experience throughout every psychedelic, but is unconfirmed with dissociatives and available in only mild forms on deliriants such as DPH. Each of these can be broken down into a few basic subcomponents and rules which are described below.
-Intricate vs. Simplistic – In terms of their complexity, distortions will either alter the external environment in a way that spreads out in many different directions and results in the original piece of sensory input becoming completely unrecognisable in appearance. If not, they will be simplistic in nature and stick to simple warping, wiggling and bending even at high dosages.
-Slow vs. Fast – Distortions can manifest themselves as something that progress in their visual alterations at a fast and sudden rate or gradually and slowly as a person stares into it.
-Smooth vs. Jittery – In terms of their motion, distortions can manifest themselves as a smooth and flawless transition or jittery with an extremely slow frame rate that moves in sudden and partial transitions.
- Static vs. Fleeting – In terms of their permanence, distortions will either maintain their position until the tripper double takes or will be extremely fleeting in their nature, meaning that they will reset almost as soon as a person tries to look directly at it.
-Realistic vs. Unrealistic – Distortions will either look convincing in their appearance or extremely cartoon like and unrealistic.
- Depth perception distortions - This is where the depths and distances of the scenery in front of you are swapped and reordered. A classic example of this is when objects in the background come into the foreground and objects in the foreground get pushed into the background. This effect is common throughout most psychedelics but so far unconfirmed with both dissociatives and deliriants.
- Shifting colours – This effect can be described as the colours of an object appearing to cycle through every possible colour in a looped animation. It is common throughout most psychedelics but particularly common on LSD and so far unconfirmed with dissociatives and deliriants.
- Tracers – This effect can be described as the experience of trails being left behind moving objects. It is important to note the level of visual intensity (1 – 4) which these tracers are manifested at and their colour in comparison to the moving object itself. This effect is found almost universally on every psychedelic but is so far unconfirmed with both dissociatives and deliriants.
- Texture repetition – This can be described as rough textures and patterns becoming mirrored repeatedly over its surface in an extremely intricate and symmetrical fashion that is consistent across itself. Certain hallucinogens such as LSD, Psilocin and many other psychedelics present this visual alteration as extremely complex in nature even at lower dosages where as other substances such as AMT or 2C-I will present it as simplistic and bland even at higher dosages. This effect is so far unconfirmed on both dissociatives and deliriants.
- Perspective distortions – These can be described as felt changes in perspective attributed to the external environment which can alter the size in a way that makes it seem significantly smaller or larger than it actually is, or they can alter the distance between yourself and objects / scenery to make them seem further or closer away. They are common on dissociatives, rare on psychedelics and unconfirmed with deliriants.
- Scenery slicing – This can be described as the external environment spontaneously being split and cut into sections with extremely clean edges.It differs from experience to experience in terms of how many sections the external environment is sliced into and the shape or complexity of their edges. For example a person’s field of vision could be split into 3 basic horizontal lines or a series of interwoven spirals. This visual is currently confirmed on psychedelics but rare and seemingly triggered at random. It is more common on dissociatives but still never consistently triggered and so far unconfirmed with deliriants.
This subcomponent is commonly referred to by the psychonautic community as “visuals”. They are broken into 6 distinct levels of intensity and can be described as the sensation of a person’s field of open and closed eye vision being partially or completely encompassed by fast-moving kaleidoscopic and indescribably complex geometric patterns, form constants, shapes, fractals, structures and colour. Visuals manifest themselves in a variety of different styles but each of these can be broken down into a few basic subcomponents and rules which are described below.
- Intricate vs. Simplistic – Visuals will either present themselves as incomprehensibly intricate and complex in their appearance or simplistic and comprehensible even at higher dosages.
- Algorithmic vs. Organic – In terms of their content, visuals will either appear to follow mathematical rules and logically consistent geometry, often resulting in high amounts of fractals and semi predictable shapes. This is most common on substances such as LSD and the 2C-X family.
In contrast to this, visuals can also be completely random in their geometry and appearance in a way that contains infinite amounts of completely unpredictable variety. This is most common on substances such as Psilocin and DMT.
- Structured vs. Unstructured – Visuals will either present themselves across a flat veil of geometry or they will form into an infinite variety of 3-Dimensional mechanistic rotating and ever shifting structures that are comprised out of a material based on condensed visuals.
- Colourful vs. Monotone – The colour scheme that visuals follow will range from extremely varied and multi coloured in style to consisting almost entirely of blues and greys regardless of how high the dosage may be. Below this visuals will consist of dark purples and blacks that are difficult to make out from their background.
- Flat colours vs. Glossy colours – Separate from the variety of colour contained within visual geometry, colours will either be flat and bright or glossy with high lights and shading regardless of the dosage consumed.
- Sharp edges vs. Soft edges – Visuals will either have sharp extremely well defined around their perimeter, sometimes with thick black outlines around their edges. In contrast to this, they can be soft and blurred around their edges, merging seamlessly into each other in a way that does not affect their intricacy.
- Large vs. Small – In terms of their size, visuals can be extremely large and zoomed in or fine and zoomed out in a way that does not affect their level of intricacy.
- Fast vs. Slow – Movement wise, visuals can shift and morph so fast into themselves that the amount of information presented to the tripper in extremely short periods of time becomes incomprehensible to process.
In contrast to this, they can move slowly and comprehensibly, swirling and shifting into themselves to present ever changing geometric forms that can be observed in a much higher level of detail.
- Round corners vs. Angular corners – Visuals will either have mostly rounded and circular corners or mostly sharp corners with pointed and angular geometry.
- Immersive vs. Unimmersive – Visuals can be manifested in front of your face on a field of vision that feels separate from you, as if it was beings presented on some sort of television screen or they can feel as if you are completely immersed in and surrounded by them.
Psychedelics usually generate unimmersive visuals but are capable of becoming immersive at appropriately high dosages. Dissociative visuals however seem to be strictly immersive even at mild to moderate levels of tripping.
- Level 6A vs. Level 6B – At their sixth and highest level of experience visuals are capable of branching off into two different directions of equal intensity.
The first of these is level 6A – exposure to entirety of neurological structure and the second of these is level 6B – exposure to the inner mechanics of human consciousness. So far, level 6A visuals have been confirmed this state has been confirmed to manifest itself throughout most high dose Psilocin and Mescaline trips and at least occasionally on 2C-E.
Visual geometry is present throughout every class of hallucinogen in varying levels of intensity. It is a universal experience on psychedelic substances, a common experience with dissociative experiences and an occasional experience with deliriants.
Imagery, transformations and hallucinations,
Every single category of hallucinogen is capable of producing vivid hallucinatory states at appropriately high dosages at 3 distinct levels of intensity. The upper two levels of which can be defined as the manifestation of an infinite variety of internally stored concepts in a fashion that feels almost identical to dreams. They are capable of becoming completely realistic and fully 3-Dimensional in their detail and generally consist of imagery, imagined land scapes, concepts, scenarios and contact with autonomous entities. They are presented in a number of different styles depending on the class of hallucinogen or specific substance consumed but can be broken down into a few basic rules and subcomponents of description.
- External vs. Internal – Hallucinations can be presented in two different ways. External hallucinations will manifest themselves seamlessly within the external environment as fully formed delusions. These are extremely common on deliriants but uncommon and rare on psychedelics and dissociatives.
In contrast, internal hallucinations only present themselves when the tripper has reached such a high level that they have broken through and are no longer within or aware of the external environment. This means that they have progressive levels of multiple all encompassing sensory effects, before reaching the level of concrete hallucination.
- Lucid vs. Delirious - Hallucinatory states can maintain a consistent level of awareness throughout them regarding the fact that none of these event are really happening and that the current situation is simply a result of drug induced hallucination. In contrast to this, hallucinations can also become completely believable no matter how nonsensical they may be in exactly the same way that we do not have any problem accepting absurd and non linear plots within our dreams.
- Interactive vs. Fixed – Hallucinatory states can either present themselves to you as completely separate in a manner that is similar to watching a video play out in your field of vision or they can be completely interactive. For example, conversing with autonomous entities or manually exploring landscapes in a fashion similar to a lucid dreaming is entirely possible.
- New experiences vs. Memory replays – In terms of their subject matter, hallucinations can either be entirely new experiences that are completely impossible to compare to anything previously experienced through out sober living or they can follow themes of normal every day concepts and a replaying of specific of memories.
- Controllable vs. Autonomous – Imagery and hallucinations are often partially to fully controllable, this can be described as the content of their appearance always seeming to follow and fit the general topic and subject matter of your current thought stream. This allows you to visually manifest any concept which you can possibly imagine in front of your field of vision.
In contrast, autonomous hallucinations are completely spontaneous in their subject matter and uncontrollable in every way.
Hallucinations which are controllable do not yet seem to be found within dissociatives or deliriants and can be found on occasion within any psychedelic but are more common with LSA, 2C-E, Harmine and Ayahuasca.
- Embedded vs. Separate – Hallucinations can appear as completely separate and distinct from the experience visual geometry or they can be comprised of it and embedded within it.
In this section I am going to break down and organize each and every one of the differing variables between the various sensory enhancements, effects and alterations of sound that are experienced throughout every class of hallucinogen.
This can be described as the sensation of sound becoming vastly crisper and clearer than anything felt during normal sober living and the sudden feeling of being extremely aware of all of the sounds around you, with an enhanced ability to pinpoint the exact direction from which multiple layers of noise are coming from. This often results in a greatly enhanced appreciation for music and is an effect which seems to be consistently present throughout any psychedelic experience. It is occasionally present on dissociatives but unconfirmed with deliriants.
This can be described as the sensation of sound becoming partially to completely muffled and indistinct. It is essentially unheard of with psychedelics and deliriants but extremely common throughout the classical dissociatives such as DXM, MXE, Ketamine and PCP.
This can be described as alterations of pre-existing sound, commonly manifesting itself as the experience of an echo or murmur rising in the wake of each sound, accompanied by distorted changes of pitch. These increase proportionally with dosage up until the original sound is completely unrecognisable.
They are found throughout each class of hallucinogen but are more prevalent with certain substances such as Mescaline and DiPT than others.
Audio hallucinations are essentially the heard equivalent of imagery and open eye transformations. They can be described as spontaneous imaginary noises that are either triggered at complete random or manifested in the place of noises that are subconsciously expected to happen. The most common examples of these are usually experienced as clips of recorded sound such as imagined music or voices. At their lowest level, voices and music appear to be garbled but distinct, with the voices sounding devoid of meaning and the music difficult to make out. At their highest levels however, they eventually evolve into completely coherent hallucinations such as heard conversations with spirits and autonomous entities or fully formed and completely original, extremely detailed symphonies and songs with multiple perfectly played instruments that have never been heard before.
This particular component of hallucinogen induced audial effects is almost universal on deliriants, common on psychedelics and so far unconfirmed with dissociatives.
This effect can be described as hearing an infinitely wide array of random and nonsensical sounds from within the brain. Sometimes fleeting and seemingly triggered at random but other times maintaining an internal consistency that follows and fits itself around the rhythm of a persons thought processes. Common examples of these include hearing noises such as; reverb, tones, and general sound effects. Including pitches and notes that increase in intensity the harder you concentrate. They can also be experienced in the form of sounds such as a soft purring or multiple tones and phasers, but they are essentially limitless in their possibilities in and completely rhythm-less in tune.
These are confirmed to exist on both psychedelics and dissociatives but unconfirmed with deliriants. They are most common on Nitrous Oxide, Harmine, DMT and 2C-E.
Multi Sensory effects:
In this section I am going to break down and describe the effects which exclusively occurs across multiple senses at once.
This is known as synaesthesia and is defined as a blending, merging or mixing of the senses. For example, alterations to sensory perception such as seeing music, tasting colors, hearing smells or any other possible combination of the senses are all possible. At its highest level, synaesthesia becomes so all encompassing that every one of senses becomes completely intertwined and experienced through all of the other senses. This is a complete blending of human perception and extremely profound when experienced.
It is triggered spontaneously on most of the classical psychedelics and unconfirmed with dissociatives and deliriants, seemingly more common on stimulating psychedelics such as LSD or the 2Cx family.
Dissociation and detachment,
Feelings of dissociation and detachment from the senses, the external environment and the mind are extremely common on dissociative hallucinogens. It can be broken down into 5 distinct levels of disconnection starting with feeling generally separate from the external world and eventually leading onto complete detachment and out of body experiences.
It is extremely important to note which of level of detachment (1 – 5) is present throughout the trip.
Feelings of detachment and dissociation are a universal experience throughout every dissociatives including ketamine, MXE, DXM, PCP and Nitrous as well as Salvia divinorum.
At level 3 and above, these feelings of detachment and out of body experiences are capable of triggering a specific component of the dissociative experience known as Hallucinatory structures. It is extremely important to note not just the level of visual intensity (1 – 4) which these structures are occurring at but also the methods of transition which are being used to switch between them. Hallucinatory structures usually manifest themselves in differing styles but are generally quite similar. Changing in their colour scheme, darkness, clarity and complexity depending on the substance consumed.
So far, these have been confirmed to be consistently found on dissociatives such as MXE, DXM, Ketamine and PCP as well as Salvia and potentially ibiogaine.
The above descriptions can essentially be used as a check list for documenting the subjective effects of hallucinogens. This allows people to describe and discuss any hallucinatory experience with any specific substance on a level of detail that would not be possible without the use of preset terminologies, definitions and descriptions to ensure that peoples use of language remains formally consistent and understandable across itself.
I have tried to make this as comprehensive as I possibly can but know for a fact that it cannot possibly include every single effect that hallucinogens induce, it just documents the ones which I have personally encountered, named and described so far. This means that if you are documenting the effects of any specific hallucinogen, do not limit your questioning and writings to this article. Be ready to encounter and discover effects that have never before been documented in all of history.
As time goes on it is becoming more and more obvious that hallucinogens are quite literally, uncharted territory for the human race. We are with no exaggeration, on the brink of an unexplored dimension of historical significance and infinite proportions that has existed within human beings all along. In my opinion this is the next frontier for the human race and if our nations governments are too busy being wrapped up in cultural delusion to concentrate on something besides shooting people in the desert and arresting stoners then it is down to us, the people to try and come to an understanding of these states on our own.
Even from a scientific perspective, hallucinogens are only being studied in two different contexts. The first of these is the precise effect which hallucinogens have on the brain and our neurochemistry while the second is the study of the many potential uses which hallucinogens have in therapeutic contexts. Although these are worthwhile pursuits, there does not seem to be a single formalized attempt from any organization on the planet at coming to an empirical reason based analysis regarding the subjective experiential effects which hallucinogens induce, despite the fact that this is obviously and without a doubt the single most important defining feature which they possess.
Terrence Mckenna has been quoted as saying that we will not be able to discuss or come to an understanding of the psychedelic experience until we finally map it out. This is a statement that I completely agree with, it’s developing a formalized and rational approach to this that will be the first of many steps in the important mission of promoting psychonautics from a field of mysticism, to a legitimate field of science.
Psychedelic exposure to the inner mechanics of human consciousness and its relationship to states of unity and interconnectedness
I am writing this article to formally categorize a previously undocumented component of the psychedelic experience and the information which it has revealed. Until recently, my own research had resulted in visuals being broken down into six basic levels, which are described in detail on this page here. Generally speaking, these levels start with fleeting motions, patterns and colours. These eventually lead onto indescribably complex and fast moving colourful geometric patterns, capable of becoming so all encompassing that they begin to block out the entirety of the external environment. The sixth and final level is a state in which every point across your brain feels like it has become interconnected with every other point. You suddenly find your self in an overwhelming state that can only be described as becoming and being able to feel every single thing within the entire universe all at once. This is manifested in the form of an infinite ocean of non-euclidean geometry that can be felt at every single point of detail across itself. Contained within it are innately understood geometric representations of every single concept and neurological structure within the subconscious mind.
Recent experiences with mushrooms and 4-AcO-DMT however have lead me to the conclusion that there is not one singular pinnacle of the psychedelic experience and that a state of equal intensity exists along side it. It seems that depending on subtle environmental factors and the psychedelic consumed, visuals are capable of forking off into two separate versions of their highest level. The deciding factor between the two options appears to be almost random, meaning that from this point forward, level 6 visuals will be separated into two distinct categories.
The first being level 6a - exposure to the entirety of your neurological structure, described above and commonly found on more stimulating psychedelics such as LSD and the 2Cx family.
The second being level 6b - exposure to the inner mechanics of human consciousness. A state which is commonly found on more sedating, hallucinatory psychedelics such as mushrooms or 4-AcO-DMT.
Once psychedelic visuals have reached their final stage, at level 6a or b, they begin to become structured and organized in a way that that presents genuine information to its tripper far beyond the preceding five levels. This is done through the experience of innately understood geometric representations that feel as though they depict specific concepts and neurological components that exist within the brain. This is done in such a way that the concepts can be seen embedded within your closed or open eye visual field whilst simultaneously felt through a physical sensation at every point of detail across itself.
It can be described as the profound feeling of becoming completely detached from the external environment and/or self and falling into a place that is universally interpreted by anybody who undergoes the experience as “the inner workings of the universe”. This is a place that feels as if you have literally entered the very source of existence, with the underlying programming of reality and the true nature of our consciousness presenting itself to you in the most incomprehensible manner. I have been aware of this state for a number of months but it has taken me a total of eight separate extremely high dose trips as well as the participation and input of others to even begin to formulate my words in a way that is logically consistent, comprehensive and understandable to both myself and other people. In order to do this, I will have to break this new component down into its two main sub categories and describe them separately in as much detail as human English will allow.
Becoming the organization and structure of the conscious mind,
At the lower end of level 6b visuals, the experience manifests itself as a new found and consistent ability to feel and see the organization and structure of your current thought stream. This is presented to trippers in the form of a fast moving and infinite web or network of visuals that branch off of each other in a level of organization and intricacy far beyond any possible arrangement that could be experienced within the external physical world.
The ever shifting network follows the pace and rhythm of your internal dialogue perfectly. This creates and manifests new connections in a way that is both physically felt through a powerful sensation and seen embedded within your visual field every time any piece of new insight or knowledge.
This vast network of visuals contains within it, an innately understood, thought stream relevant, geometric representations of specific and abstract concepts embedded into each and every one of the connecting points across itself. The experience of these innately readable geometric representations triggers the mind’s eye to envision the concept perfectly on an internal visual field which exists separately from this one.
Becoming the organization and structure of the subconscious mind,
At the higher end of level 6b visuals, the experience manifests itself as a new found and consistent ability to physically feel, see and become one with the architecture of the subconscious mind. This is presented to trippers in the form of extremely vast and complex, self transforming geometric mechanisms which are immediately interpreted by anybody who undergoes the experience as the inner workings of the universe or reality. This is a state that is capable of bestowing specific pieces of information onto trippers regarding the nature of reality and human consciousness through the simple experience of them. These specific pieces of information are always immediately felt and understood to be a profound unveiling of an undeniable truth at the time, but usually found to be ineffable afterwards; due to the limitations of human English, or nonsensical due to the disorientation of the accompanying ego death, memory loss and hallucinations.
Occasionally however, genuine lessons or coherent messages are innately interpreted through the experience of becoming and descending down into the subconscious faculties of the brain. It’s extremely important to note however that the scientific validity of these lessons is very uncertain and should never be accepted as fact. Every good skeptic knows that anecdotal evidence is next to worthless in terms of the physical data it provides simply, because it is impossible to distinguish between which details are fact and which are hearsay. However, this should never prevent us from acknowledging the importance that these things need to be discussed and explored on a much greater level than we as a society are currently pursuing. This makes these experiences a very good indicator of the direction that future legitimate scientific research and studies should be taking themselves into.
It’s here in this article that I am going to explain some of the specific insights regarding existence and consciousness that have been gained through myself, my girlfriend and a close friend journeying into these states and documenting the experience through means of written interviews and audio recordings in order to make sense of it.
I honestly do not understand any of this myself. They are always felt to be undeniable “truths” at the time but we should not lose sight of the fact that we are deliberately ingesting drugs which trigger imagined hallucinations. I do not claim any position of authority regarding the truth of anything that I am about to tell you. So please keep in mind that I possess no academic credentials whatsoever and have already told you on multiple occasions to disregard everything that I say. I am simply describing and documenting our personal experiences which may well be profound truths or could perhaps simply be the product of hallucinatory delusions undergone by a small group of teenagers on various psychedelic drugs, resulting in unusually elaborate stoner talk.
The first of these so called “truths” and the least important of them, was revealed in the form of being presented with and becoming the mechanisms behind an internal neurological drive which encourages a suspicion of or belief and reverence for a higher system of order than our day to day lives. This is something that was shown to have manifested itself throughout all of human history and culture in a huge variety of religions and superstitious beliefs, existing as an integral part of our psyche, simply because it is an evolutionary advantage in terms of motivation and survival for our lives to be put into this sort of context.
The second of these “truths” was being presented with or shown the true mechanisms behind the brain’s decision making process in any given situation. This clearly showed that the ego, and the internal thought stream which it generates, is an after product of our subconscious’s decision making processes and not in anyway the true director of it. Our current thought stream, emotions, perception of the world, sense of the present situation and what we are doing is being generated instantaneously on a subconscious level as a direct result of our current sensory input. With the ego simply being the experience of the thoughts and decisions after they have already been generated and not something which is capable of controlling itself or any other decision which we make.
The psychedelic and geometric unveiling of this “truth” resulted in the feeling that the human organism is just a complex and immediate chemical reaction to the sensory input fed into us through the external environment. Leading onto the feeling that objects within the external environment which you choose to interact with, pull you towards them as an instant reaction to their presence in a very powerful way, instead of your ego consciously deciding the actions that it is going to perform in advance.
This creates the sensation that we as human beings are comprised of multiple interdependent systems, which all direct themselves and each other as whole. Not a system which is governed by an intrinsically separate and central command centre which our egos have all been raised into thinking that they are.
The third of these apparent “truths” which multiple people throughout my immediate social circle have undergone on several separate occasions has already been documented towards the end of this page here. It has been named as states of unity and interconnectedness, a universally experienced component that is not consistently triggered every time somebody undergoes an appropriately high dose trip. Instead, it occurs spontaneously within people who are currently undergoing states of psychedelic exposure to the inner mechanics of human consciousness and seemingly triggered by very subtle environmental factors of which I do not yet currently understand the relationship between.
In terms of how this state subjectively feels, it begins by stemming from what feels like an awakening or the lifting of a great illusion that is deeply embedded within the human psyche. An illusion that feels as if it is in place to keep human beings feeling as if they are intrinsically separate from and more significant or important than, the external environment. It feels as if it exists due to the strong evolutionary need to keep a person’s perspective on the world as one that prioritizes the needs of the self over the needs of the external, as a means of ensuring the motivation for survival.
The psychedelic disintegration of this apparent illusion is commonly described as a loss of perceived boundaries between the physical body and the external environment, giving the profound sensation that you can no longer understand where your physical body ends and the external environment begins. Our central centre of self with which we identify as “ourselves” is at this point, revealed to be illusory and not any single component of our being, such as the ego, the brain as a whole or even the body in its entirety. Instead, the central centre of self with which we identify with becomes no single component of existence but all of it in its entirety, creating the sudden undeniable perspective that you are literally the entire universe experiencing itself and performing actions onto itself through the very specific point of space and time which your ego happens to reside in. The ego or self as separate from external systems of behaviour is felt to be an elaborate fabrication, that the skin is not what separates us from the universe but what connects us to it. This is a feeling that when experienced is immediately and universally understood to be an undeniable truth by anybody who undergoes it.
I am honestly still trying to wrap my head around this specific mental component and do not feel that I have come close to understanding it or processing its consequences. My current level of experience only allows me to describe the feeling of it and not in anyway the logic behind it.
Similar notions of unity seem to be discussed heavily in Buddhism, Eastern mysticism, Gnosticism, Monism, Non-duality and Alan Watts lectures, as well as basic molecular biology and physics, not to mention various trip reports across the internet that all describe sensations of “becoming one with the universe”.
I somehow feel that this will one day become the default perspective through which humans beings look at the world. In my opinion, this is by far the most profound mental component of the psychedelic experience.
Once a tripper begins to sober up and come down the sensation is usually shown to be non permanent and reduced to something that is understood through logic, but not felt. On rare occasions however, it does seem to become a fully grounded and uncontrollable perspective that can last anywhere from weeks to a lifetime after the trip. This creates obvious and powerful changes in personality that result in a completely selfless perspective which values the well being of the external as on par with the importance of the ego.
The above descriptions are based on very specific experiences and trips which me and my immediate social circle have undergone. As for the “truths” which were experienced, we have actually been through several but these are the only ones which could be adequately explained so far. I am certain that there are many more to experience and will repeatedly enter the inner mechanics of human consciousness over the upcoming months, increasing my dosage and pushing my brain to its very limits.
It’s important to note that currently, only one of these truths can be known for certain to be a universally experienced component, which is states of unity and interconnectedness. The profoundness and intensity of which is making it genuinely difficult not to get carried with mysticism and irrational beliefs. Even as a skeptical atheist, undergoing the experience of what feels like an internally embedded, chemically induced religion that has existed within human beings all along is extremely fascinating because it does not feel like an irrational perspective in any way. It consistently results in a general reverence and profound sense of awe for higher systems of order which transcends superstitious beliefs and has become so powerfully strong that I literally couldn’t ignore it if I tried. Despite the fact that it is still very difficult for me to pinpoint and explain in any adequate way to those who are not familiar with the experience.
When the importance of psychedelics is finally recognized and psychonautics becomes a legitimate field of science, I am certain that we will learn more about human consciousness and our place in the universe than many people ever suspected possible. This is getting to the point where we can begin to figure out the mechanics of human consciousness from the inside, instead of from above, which is currently the only scientific approach. The same difference between looking at a planet through a telescope and sending a manned mission to explore its surface.
If you have any personal experiences with this state or disagree with anything that I have said, there is now a section below each article which allows you to comment and provide your input, which I strongly encourage as I am extremely interested in hearing what others have to say for purposes of coming to a greater understanding of these ineffable states.
A direct comparison between Psychedelic and Dissociative ego death
Although certain pieces of information on this article have been written about before, this article is going to serve as a direct comparison for the two differing states of ego death found at the highest possible level of hallucination on both psychedelics and dissociatives. I am hoping that once this article has been written a formal distinction will truly be be drawn between the two.
To make things as clear as possible however, I should first define for people what exactly the ego is and what purpose it serves before I go into breaking down the base components that comprise these two states .
Put simply, the ego is a human being’s sense of self or “I” as intrinsically separate from and somehow more important than the external environment. It is essentially a person’s consciousness or ability to be self aware, as fueled by the constant internal dialogue that we call our thoughts.
Ego death is defined by the psychedelic community as any total suppression or loss of a person’s sense of self. It is something that occurs at both high dose dissociative and psychedelic experiences, as well as in every day life; since natural sleep, passing out drunk, general unconsciousness or death can all technically be classed as forms of ego death. However, the clear cut distinction between hallucinogen induced ego death and other more commonly experienced forms is that sensory input is not maintained through deep sleep or normal unconsciousness. Psychedelics and dissociatives on the other hand, both offer differing versions of the same experience that universally becomes triggered during these states and is perceived through all of the senses.
In terms of the thought patterns and general mental processes, dissociative and psychedelic ego death are very similar in a number of ways. Both capable of being broken down into 3 basic levels.
- Ego suppression - Partial failure of a persons short term memory. Something that can be described as a general increase in distractibility, loss of focus and an increasing inability to process anything outside of the present moment.
- Ego loss - Complete failure of a persons short term memory. Something that can be described as a person becoming being completely incapable of remembering any specific details regarding the present situation for more than a second or two. Resulting in disorientation, thought loops and confusion for the inexperienced. Long term memory however remains almost entirely intact, with people still being perfectly capable of recollecting their name, date of birth, childhood school, etc.
- Ego death - Complete failure of a persons long term memory. Something that can be described as a person becoming completely incapable of remembering any basic fundamental human concept that is stored within the long term memory. Including your name, who you are, the fact that you are on drugs, what human beings are, what life is, what existence is or what anything is. Giving the profound experience that there is no longer an “I” experiencing the intensity of the trip anymore, there is just the trip as it is and by itself.
So it’s not the ego loss in itself that differs between psychedelics and dissociatives. What differs between them, are the consistent hallucinatory experiences that they are accompanied by, both of which share many common visual characteristics with each other whilst simultaneously being worlds apart, the base components of which I will now begin to break down and describe…
Psychedelic ego death:
The final and most profound stage of psychedelic visuals (level 6) is usually the very thing which triggers ego death during a psychedelic experience. This is most likely because of the sheer perceptual and sensory overload experienced during these states, something that occurs only once the trip has reached a level of intensity in which the environment has become completely replaced with visuals. As the visuals reach their highest possible level, the mind suddenly feels as if every point within the brain has become completely interconnected with every other point, leaving the tripper under the overwhelming sensation that they are experiencing or becoming everything within the universe all at once. This is something that can be described as an infinite sea of geometry, concepts and fractals that is always perceived to contain within it, all of existence, all that there ever was and all that there ever will be. A vast ocean of mind that is not just seen in front of the eyes but physically felt through each of the senses in an incomprehensible level of detail on every single point across itself. The experience is immediately perceived by everybody who undergoes it to be “the universe”, or at least “everything”.
At its lower levels, this effect is something that fluctuates wildly, pulling trippers in and out of the room in a fashion that many find extremely disorientating. Instead of remaining constant and static it is triggered by the experience of a concept. For example if somebody were to say the word “internet” to a person who is currently in this state, they would see the mind’s concept of the internet immediately manifested in a perfectly fitting geometric form. This is a form that quickly branches out from itself like some sort of ineffable spider diagram, enveloping the concepts which you associate with the internet and then branching out to include the concepts you associate with those. This spreads out exponentially and within 2 - 3 seconds, quickly grows in a sudden flash to include every single stored concept within the entire universe. The tripper is completely disconnected from their external environment before they are re-stacked back into the room, until something triggers the process again, usually immediately. Trippers are snapped in and out of the room repeatedly as the process is triggered continuously.
It can to a certain extent however, be held at bay through continuous physical movement, stopping the process from branching out into everything by not giving it the time it needs to lock onto a concept.
As dosage is increased however the process becomes easier and easier to trigger whilst extending in length and duration, eventually resulting in a stable state of complete disconnection from the external environment and a lasting sense of oneness with the universe.
In terms of a specific description of the thought patterns and mental processes found throughout this state, beyond the simple memory loss experienced during psychedelic ego death, the experience is capable of triggering a unique array of mental hallucinations, delusional scenarios and false memories throughout the duration of the trip that are in a completely different class from that of standard psychedelic hallucinations. These are not the familiar dream like states, imagined landscapes and contact with entirely imagined autonomous entities that play out in front of your eyes as they happen in a format similar to a dream or a film. These are extremely detailed yet false memories of the current situation or scenario that a person is already in and what has already happened to them. This varies wildly in its limitless number of different manifestations but generally follows two different routes depending on the trippers outlook and perspective on the world in day to day life.
For positive, well balanced people it results in scenarios with themes of transcendence and overwhelming religious or spiritual undertones that occur regardless of the trippers theistic beliefs. Feelings that your entire life has building up to the present moment, which is historically significant for all of humanity and that nothing is ever going to be the same are extremely common. People will also often believe that they have learned a reality shattering secret. A secret which once a person has sobered up is either realized to be untranslatable into human English or lost forever to the winds of short term memory loss.
On the other hand however, unprepared, negative or mentally unstable people who undergo states of extreme psychedelic ego loss tend to find themselves in delusional paranoid scenarios that have genuine potential to cause somebody to harm themselves or others. These scenarios could be literally anything but generally seem to share a few extremely common plot elements, such as:
- Thinking you are going insane.
- Thinking you are going to die.
- Thinking the people around you are “out to get you”.
- Thinking you have done something wrong.
- Thinking you are somehow tripping wrong.
- Being absolutely convinced that something is very very wrong with the situation but being unable to explain what your point is when asked because you never had one in the first place.
It’s worth noting however that with time and repeated exposure to states of ego death, as a person becomes familiar with the state and it is no longer confusing or disorientating for them, the false memories decrease in frequency and intensity until they are simply not present. Even ego death can eventually become familiar and normal to a person. So it’s my personal experience with these states that has led me to theorize that they stem directly from the person’s complete lack of short term memory and resulting inability to keep track of anything that is happening around them. It seems as if a person’s sense of the present situation, who they are, where they are, what they are doing, etc is generated instantaneously on a subconscious level as a result of our current sensory input with or without the ego. The ego seems to simply steer and direct the process with its reasoning abilities and a normally functioning short term memory, the loss of which results in the subconscious taking over, completely unconstrained and unable to reason, coming to wildly inaccurate conclusions through extremely distorted and incomplete data. Please keep in mind however, that I have no idea what I’m talking about and have nothing to cite besides my personal experience.
Dissociative ego death:
In terms of its thought patterns and mental processes, dissociative ego death is much more simplistic than those that are found on psychedelic ego death, stemming from their pharmacological ability to disconnect the brains neurons from each other, creating feelings of dissociation, detachment and disconnection from the external environment, then the body and eventually the self. It’s here at the highest level of dissociation (level 4) that ego death occurs and people find themselves without any sense of self. Constrained entirely to the present, due to ego deaths characteristic loss of short term memory but still maintaining awareness of the sensory input that their trip is producing to accompany it. Separated not only from their own sense of self, but their body and external environment as well, causing you to be pulled into a place outside of reality.
This is a place which can only be described as floating through a dark and infinite void, generally accompanied by a monolithic structure floating above, below or in front of you as it gradually zooms, rotates or pans into focus and is unveiled before your eyes at a slow pace. Structures can take any static and comprehensible shape possible but are commonly experienced as vast spires, pillars, blocks, teardrops, wheels and pyramids that are often fractal in nature and occasionally made from materials that look real such as stone or metal. They alternate between each other by morphing in a comprehensible, consistent way or by panning and rotating out of view until another structure takes its place.
As a tripper’s dosage increases, the level of detail in which these structures are seen and felt increases proportionally. This continues until the sensation of seeing the entire universe condensed into an infinitely vast and intricate self transforming machine form becomes present, accompanied by the sudden realization that you are the structure that you are staring down upon and that the structure is also you. In terms of its appearance, this state is even harder for me to describe than psychedelic ego death, despite the fact that it is definitely a less complex experience. The structure can take any form but usually appear to be consistently shaped machine-like structures or clouds that are infinite in size and felt at every point of detail across itself. This is immediately interpreted through some sort of innate instinct as “the universe” or at least, “everything” by everybody who undergoes the experience.
It’s worth noting however that, although this state is just as likely to cause a bad trip in the unprepared as a psychedelic experience, people who are undergoing a level 4 dissociative trip are by its very definition completely disconnected from their own body, making them significantly less likely to move around, bringing themselves or others around them to harm.
So put extremely simply, psychedelic ego death will cause you to become the entire universe while dissociative ego death will cause you to fly over the entire universe, leading me to believe that both of these states have enormous historical significance that is still being severely overlooked by science and society in general.
Regardless of its visual effects which are not even necessarily present every single time somebody experiences these states. The sensation of ego death can be both disorienting or amazing. It is in my opinion the most intense experience a human being can possibly go through, leaving the unprepared and the unstable in states of panic, confusion and paranoia. These stem from the fact if you do not have a healthy subconscious, and you release it from the constraints of the rational ego, the true nature of a person’s mind becomes manifest. For those who are stable and prepared however, the experience of ego death can be extremely liberating, allowing people to experience the immediate sensation of being as an organism devoid of a constant internal commentary through their biased and cultured thought stream.
If you want to experience ego death for yourself but feel that you may not be ready, the only advice I can really give you is to learn to let go and give in. Never trip in a negative state of mind and do not under any circumstances try to fight, control or understand the experience, as to do so is to trigger a bad trip.
DMT, broken down and described
Onset : 15 - 60 seconds
Duration : 5 - 20 minutes
Normal After Effects : 15 - 60 minutes
Threshold : 2 - 5 mg
Light : 10 - 20 mg
Common : 20 - 40 mg
Strong : 40 - 60 mg
Heavy : 60 mg +
DMT is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound of the tryptamine family. It acts as a partial agonist for several serotonergic receptors. DMT has a high affinity for the 5-HT2A serotonin receptor in the brain, where it mimics the effects of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, or 5-HT). Its presence is widespread throughout the plant kingdom and occurs in trace amounts in mammals, including humans, where it is thought to function as a trace neurotransmitter.
It acts as a short acting smokeable psychedelic that provides a short trip of only five to ten minutes in length. Despite this short duration, it is still universally considered by anybody who has tried it in a positive environment to be the most incredible experience a human being could ever possibly go through.
It is so vastly different from anything else a person has previously experienced that not even the most extreme of sober circumstances could ever come close in terms of profundity and intensity.
DMT is broken down by the digestive enzyme monoamine oxidase through a process called deamination, and is therefore inactive if taken orally unless combined with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), such as harmaline or a reversible inhibitor of monoamine oxidase A (RIMA), such as harmine. This is how DMT is taken traditionally within southern american tribes, through a mixed brew known as Ayahuasca, which has its own dedicated guide here.
In this guide, I will do my best to describe in as much detail as I can manage the different stages and effects of a typical DMT breakthrough.
The body high of DMT is that of a soft, relaxing and often overwhelming glow that is capable of becoming extremely physically euphoric at higher doses. It is usually only noticed briefly on the come up before the initial trip fully sets in and for 10 - 20 minutes after the come down.
The head space of DMT is proportionally the least disorientating out of every single traditional shamanic psychedelic. It exhibits no cognitive alterations even at common to heavy dosages with most people reporting that they feel genuinely sober throughout the experience. It is as if the experience is not an intoxicating drug induced hallucination, but something that is actually happening.
At strong to heavy dosages however, ego loss and ego death are completely possible.
To ensure as clear of an understanding as possible, I will first have to describe the specific style of Closed and Open Eye Visuals attributed to DMT. They are found throughout every stage of the trip but, as usual, they can only be described in comparison to other psychedelics.
These visuals are unsurprisingly extremely similar to Ayahuasca, and are some of the most complex and intricate species of visuals known to man. They simply have so much more detail and structure to them when compared to anything else. In comparison to the visuals found on LSD and mushrooms, they are just as bright and colourful as LSD, but with the depth and structure of Mushrooms and more. These visuals appear to be more solid and less abstract as they look so much more like physical 3D shapes floating in the air or laid out on the back of your eyelids, as opposed its flatter, more ill-defined (but still incredible) cousins.
It’s these complex geometric shapes, imagery, fractals and colour that almost all of the hallucinations and structures experienced on DMT are based on, as they seem to be made entirely of a condensed solidified psychedelic visual based material.
Now that I’ve at least vaguely discussed the basis material for everything seen during such an experience, I can now walk you through the four different stages of a DMT trip and explain to you what they are like:
The first step of a DMT trip is the come up that leads onto breaking through. This is something that seems to have at least a few different ways of presenting itself to a tripper as they start to smoke DMT.
The first thing that a person notices however, is that it looks as if all the air has been pumped out of the room. Leaving your visual field much crisper and clearer than you could possibly imagine. Outlines become extremely well defined and it feels as if your sensory filter has immediately been eradicated.
This is followed by a sudden onset of high level 3 visuals,a warm tingling sensation and the feeling of your body being pleasantly tugged in all directions at once from the inside.
This is often but not always accompanied by a soft crackling sound and an extended tone that quickly increases in volume and pitch proportionally as the visuals increase. This sound becomes all enveloping and sounds like some sort of interdimensional rocket launch that abruptly ends as one of a few different take off options are experienced.
These include, but are certainly not limited to, feelings of suddenly being pushed through and onto the other side of a membrane, the room in front of you splitting in two down the middle leaving a gaping infinite chasm filled with incredibly fast moving visuals as you separate from your body shooting directly into it at light speed and often enough the slightly simpler experience of visuals simply becoming so all enveloping that absolutely nothing of the room is left any more. This all happens within the space of about 30 seconds to a minute and leads directly onto the next stage of a DMT trip which I have taken to calling…
The Waiting Room
Immediately after a person has smoked enough DMT to have taken off, they often find themselves spending a brief amount of time in what feels like some sort of cosmic waiting room. This can take any form but generally takes the shape of a tunnel or space comprised of fast moving visuals that lasts approximately 10 – 20 seconds and feels distinctively different from the main bulk of the trip.
Personal experience has led me to speculate that this is some sort of psychedelic loading screen and it’s during this moment that the trip ahead of you is being generated and planned out.
The waiting room starts off quickly but immediately begins to slow down and form into the next stage…
The Other Side
Once the chaos has cleared and the trip has been generated this means that the tripper has finally broken through onto the other side. It is here where literally anything can happen to you, but despite this most trips seem to follow some extremely common archetypes and plots that happen almost universally across people who have tried DMT.
These generally consist of coming to in an alternate reality that feels so real it seems to be better defined than real life. Usually, this is with a single or multiple external entities in front of your line of sight. These entities appear to have been waiting for your arrival, usually completely unsurprised by the trippers sudden appearance into their dimension. They immediately begin to greet and welcome you with open arms, giving off a sense that they are deeply concerned with what they have to show you in the short amount of time that they have before you comedown.
At this point it is pretty common for the tripper (unless they are very experienced) to be completely overwhelmed by the nature of what is happening to them despite feeling completely sober mentally, often screaming and shouting in amazement as the entities encourage you stay calm and not to give into astonishment, and to simply try your hardest to pay attention to what is happening. It’s here that they start to communicate with you using a variety of different methods such as directly manipulating what you can see and view, by telepathically beaming information into your thoughts, by using a visual language comprised of pure linguistic meaning and mathematics or any combination of the above. It’s through these that they teach you their message or show you what they want to show you.
This message is often something personal to you or something that only applies to the logic of the universe in which it was taught in making it impossible to integrate and apply it into your everyday life.
These entities often appear to be all knowing and although they can take any form there are definitely more commonly experienced entities present. These generally include bodiless super intelligent humanoids, Aliens, Elves, Insectoids, Giant Spheres, Beings of light, Plants and complex robotic machines.
If a lower dose is taken however but a breakthrough is still achieved these entities will always manifest themselves as an obvious but difficult to put your finger on sensed presence of the Other. The Other feels as if it is somewhere in the background of it all, capable of hearing what you tell it but incapable of telling you what it has to say due to too low of a dosage.
This stage of the trip can last anywhere between five to ten minutes before heading onto the final stage of a DMT trip…
Just as quickly as the DMT hits you, after several minutes it begins to leave you at this final stage of the trip. This is experienced as the sensation of being pulled further and further away from the scenario in which you were placed as the entities wave good bye and encourage you to come back when you next get the chance.
Once this is over you immediately find yourself back in the room tripping extremely hard as an incredible sense of euphoria and confoundment washes over every part of your mind and body. The moderate to mild visuals stay for a further 10 – 15 minutes before disappearing completely leaving an afterglow that stays for up to an hour. This afterglow feels like a warm fuzzyness and leaves behind a sense of well being and clarity that can last up to weeks after a good trip.
Before trying DMT however, keep in mind that it’s best to record what happened during your trip immediately after it is over by either telling somebody or through a voice recorder. This should be done because DMT trips can sometimes be extremely difficult to remember in exactly the same way that dreams are often difficult to retain.
Health effects, potential addiction and tolerance:
Similar to other psychedelic drugs, there are relatively few physical side effects associated with DMT acute exposure. Various studies have shown that in reasonable doses in a careful context, it presents no negative cognitive, psychiatric or toxic physical consequences of any sort. In mice, the median lethal dose (LD50) of DMT when administered intravenously is 110 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg). This means that 6600 milligrams (6.6 grams) of pure DMT would be required for a 60-kilogram (130 lb) person to reach the 110 mg/kg LD50 value of mice. Roughly 110 times the commonly used dosage of 60mg.
DMT is not physically addictive, and many users experience a frequency self-regulating quality to the drug.
In terms of tolerance, smoked DMT builds one very rapidly but also decreases rapidly. Wait at least one hour between trips to allow tolerance to go down.
- DMT is classified as a Schedule I drug under the UN 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances, meaning that use of DMT is supposed to be restricted to scientific research and medical use and international trade in DMT is supposed to be closely monitored. Natural materials containing DMT, including ayahuasca, are explicitly not regulated under the 1971 Psychotropic Convention.
- DMT is classified in Canada as a Schedule III drug.
- DMT is classified in New Zealand as a Class A drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.
- DMT is classified in the United Kingdom as a Class A drug.
- DMT is classified in the United States as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
If you are motivated to experience this drug, it is completely possible to make through some very simple kitchen based chemistry described in detail here. The recipe requires only legal and freely available ingredients, all of which can be found through Google.
Keep in mind however that this is very very illegal and I am in no way responsible for your actions.
Before I finish this article off I am going to address the extremely common misconceptions and borderline mysticism that surround this drug all over the internet. These misconceptions are the widely held belief that DMT is naturally produced in the Pineal Gland and is routinely released every night when we dream, at the moment of birth and at the moment of our death. There is not yet any conclusive scientific evidence that this is true, yet despite this many people on the internet claim it to be fact on a regular basis.
These ideas were first hypothesized by Rick Strassman in the book DMT: The Spirit Molecule and have since been popularized by the likes of Terrence Mckenna and Joe Rogan.
This is not something that the scientific consensus supports but as I mentioned earlier, it has been conclusively proven that trace amounts of DMT have been found in the blood, urine and cerebreal spineal fluid of some mammals, including humans. A great little list of them can be found here.
Stopping the spread of psuedoscience and misinformation across the psychedelic community is important if we want our position to be taken seriously, so this is not something that should be tolerated.
The things experienced on this drug are incredible and completely logic defying, if a single object could be somehow brought back into the real world from such a place nothing would ever be the same again as the sheer impossibleness of these things would instantly break reality for the better.
DMT is the drug that people are looking for when they buy and smoke Salvia without knowing what to expect. It is in my opinion the pinnacle of the psychedelic experience, yet despite this very few people outside of the psychedelic community have heard of it and even fewer have actually gone ahead and tried it. It’s said that DMT is not only stranger than you suppose but it is stranger than you can suppose. There is literally nothing that could ever truly prepare you for it until you’ve tried it for yourself.