I am a
safe and careful individual. Six months ago, if you were to ask me about drugs,
I would have said something that would have come straight from a DARE pamphlet;
I would have told you that drugs are very dangerous and they will destroy your
life. While this statement may hold some validity in some situations, it's not
true in all cases. After talking to many people who have experienced a variety
of different drugs, and spent countless hours researching information on
erowid, something was changed: I had been informed with the truth. Unlike DARE
and other programs and misinformation that lump all drugs together and label
them evil and dangerous, I discovered that there are many different drugs that
have different positive and negative effects. Knowledge is power.
get me wrong, I am not a complete advocate of drug use, but I believe that
adults can make intelligent choices for what they put in their body after
weighing the benefits and consequences. Prior to my mushroom experience, the
only drugs I have used were marijuana, nitrous oxide, tobacco, and alcohol.
my rant, and on to the experience: The names have been changed to protect the
hours (1:00 pm)
at my friend A's house around 1 pm in the afternoon. He is hanging out with
friend ‘B’ and ‘C’. Friend’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ are “professionals” as they like to
call it; people who have tripped many a time on various drugs. Friend ‘C’
didn’t want to join us as he has had a bad experience on mushrooms that sent
him to the hospital (apparently he ingested a large amount of mushrooms non
stop for 3 days, and woke up with paramedics shocking him back to life. Scar
tissue on his heart proved that he had a heart attack).
We all go
down to the store and buy some food and snacks for our journey. I bought jelly
it’s a good time to start our journey. We each had 1/8 oz mushrooms and we
sprinkled them on a piece of pizza, and down the hatch they went (I’ve heard
that mushrooms taste horrible but I didn’t taste them at all on the pizza-
highly recommended!). We then smoked a bowl and started to play video games.
hours (around 4 pm)
asked me if I feel any different. At this point I am feeling buzzed and
excited. I feel like I have an intense sugar/caffeine high on top of having
butterflies in my stomach. It feels like a body high when you eat marijuana
hours (around 4:45 pm)
to notice that things “don’t look right”; objects seem to look distorted. For
example, there is a large painting of a black panther on the wall that looked a
lot bigger than it was. I also noticed that when I stared at a blanket with an
Indian pattern on it, the pattern seemed to move and kinda flow a little. Also,
when I tried to focus on an object, it would blur and copies of the item would
move around. My friend ‘A’ later told me that this was called “layering”.
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to head to a nearby park dubbed “the acid park” as it has weird playground
equipment reminiscent of that TV show “Wipeout” where people run around on a
giant padded slippery obstacle course and try not to fall into the water below.
Friend ‘A’s worst fear is getting run over by a car when tripping, so luckily
there is a bike path that takes us all the way there with out having to cross
any streets. When we get to the park I play around on the monkey bars a little
and sit on the swing. As I’m sitting there, I am staring at the swing set posts
which I believe are bent and warped in reality but I’m not sure when I was
tripping. Then, I remember looking down at the bark mulch/ sawdust flakes or
what ever you call that stuff at playgrounds, and remember seeing a pattern! I
believed that a 1’ by 1’ square was being copied multiple times and pasted like
a computer image. It was also like looking through a kaleidoscope! Very strange
to say the least! The asphalt and the grass looked like that too!Friend ‘A’ later told me that was a
‘C’ who isn’t tripping is growing very bored at this time, and wants to go
home. As we are walking home through a grassy hilly field, about 6 little black
birds start swirling around us. I start cracking up laughing and I throw some
jelly beans at them to eat. At this point I’m not sure if I am really seeing
these birds, but friend ‘A’ later reminds me of this. This whole trip has a
weird lucid dream feeling to it, like I’m in some sort of a weird dream. Then I
start staring at the sky. The sun is being partially covered by grey and white
clouds, but it looks so amazing! I can’t stop staring and my friend notices my
undivided attention and says that he also loves looking at the sky when he’s
tripping. And just to freak me out, he says, “Hmmm… today sure has that ‘end of
the world’ feeling to it doesn’t it?”. Hearing him say that does scare me a
little, but I don’t seem to care. As we are walking down a path, I notice that
the trees look like they are bending toward something. I’m not sure if it was
the wind or my imagination, but they looked like they were being pulled toward
a center force of some kind. I tell the guys all of this and friend ‘C’ is
irritated by me and says I’m making it all up. He rationalized everything and
just made me feel foolish.
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back at the house. We sit down and play some more video games and then we watch
TV. CSI is on, and the episode is about some weird ecstasy drug that kills
people. On the pill is a stamp of Tinkerbelle. Now for some reason I am
convinced that this episode is about Alice in Wonderland and I try very hard in
my confused state of mind to figure out the characters. The episode is really
about adults taking this designer drug and dressing up as Peter Pan characters,
but none of it makes sense at the time. Then Law and Order comes on, and one of
the character’s name is actually Alice. I remember asking my friends “Is this
the same show? What’s going on? Is this still about Alice in Wonderland!??!”.
and Order is over, the show called Wipeout comes on. I remember thinking “What
in the world?!? Were we just there? The acid park is just like Wipeout! What’s
going in!??!”. I then thought I had some kind of ability where I could see
codes in the written names on TV. “See? Every thing is five! Q-w-e-s-t
P-h-o-n-e. See? They are in sets of five!”. I think I was seeing that because I
watched that movie ‘23’ with Jim Carey where he sees the number “23” in
starting to come down from the mushrooms, when a new friend pops in the house.
I’ll call him friend ‘D’. ‘D’ is a very outspoken enthusiastic individual who
always seems super happy. This is the first time I’ve met this guy and he kinda
freaks me out when I’m tripping. As he’s going off about his day at work and
other adventures, I’m starting to freak out in my head: “Is this trip going to
end soon? My girlfriend is going to be there and she’ll freak if she sees me
tripping! Am I trapped in this house? Am I ever going to sleep again?”. Weird
shit like that is going through my brain. I feel like life is a TV show and I
am waiting for my exit queue but it may never come.
it’s time to go home. I shake everybody’s hands and drive home. When I arrive,
I just lay in bed paranoid that I’ll never sleep again. Finally about 1 or 2 am
I finally fall asleep.
I woke up
with what felt like a bad hangover, minus the headache. I just felt extremely nauseous
and dizzy the whole day with mild diarrhea and vomiting. I broke off all my
plans with my family and friends and spent the day mostly in bed, fighting
nausea. I felt okay the day after that, just a little tired.
was my first time on mushrooms (or any hallucinogen for that matter). I don’t
know why I felt so rotten the next day, as others told me that they either
throw up WHEN on mushrooms or not at all. They said that they don’t feel like crap
the next day, but just rather tired.
do it again? Yes, but in moderation. It’s definitely not something I could do
every weekend. Mushrooms are a powerful mind bending drug. Use responsibly.