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Why did you start using psychedelics?
    #7410186 - 09/14/07 07:06 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

I saw this was a thread in the Shroomerites Anonymous forum...but I like one here better :smirk:

So why did you start using psychedelics? We'll leave weed out of this question...even though it is kinda psychedelic.


I remember in grade school hearing about "magic mushrooms" and thought the idea of tripping was pretty cool. A few years later, I read a DARE pamphlet that had a description of mescaline in it (it was completely wrong). The very idea of something that could alter your perception so much was amazing to me. That got me reading everything I could find about psychedelics, and I continued to do so for a few more years until the latter half of my teens when I tried mushrooms for the first time.


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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: trendal]
    #7410205 - 09/14/07 07:12 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Same here man. the idea of having altered perceptions seemed like the coolest thing for me.

I remember as a kid i would always love to rub my eyes because i would see black and green geometric patterns moving around (VERY trippy now that i look back at that).
I heard one of my friends freshman year i high school talk about how he did mushrooms and the trees around him looked like they were dancing.

I also researched them and after a year of being interested in doing them i did, and man did it blow me away!


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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: trendal]
    #7410207 - 09/14/07 07:12 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

"altered perceptions seemed like the coolest thing for me. "

even thought you're leaving weed out of this -- the first time ive smoked it i tripped out, saw rainbow patterns when i closed my eyes and everything became pixelated

and then the rest of the night everything was cartoons.


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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: trendal]
    #7410258 - 09/14/07 07:24 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

I'll get on board with the "ability to alter perceptions w/o affecting motor skills" thought. Everything I had heard about it was so interesting I just had to see for myself. Once I tried LSD I never looked back!


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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: ToTheSummit]
    #7410268 - 09/14/07 07:27 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

The drug quiz show in middle school made me want to try pretty much every drug besides meth, heroin, and crack (although now I also want to try heroin.) I tried mushrooms for the first time last year actually, I don't know what the reason is... it just intrigued me I guess. Wanted/still want to try acid, but I knew mushrooms would be faaaaaar easier to find (and I was right.)


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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: ToTheSummit]
    #7410269 - 09/14/07 07:27 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

I wonder how many people did it in reverse? Like try some at a party and only then found they had a liking for it...as opposed to reading about it and then trying them.


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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: trendal]
    #7410276 - 09/14/07 07:29 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Dare made you want to try psychedelics.  That's so funny to me.  Someone else said that the other day here, as well.  :grin:

I just started taking them because it seemed like a fascinating adventure and because I was tired of being cooped up in the mental cage that I had been my entire life up to that point. 







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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: trendal]
    #7410288 - 09/14/07 07:35 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

I first got interested when I started listening to the Beatles. I wondered why suddenly they went from clean cut Brits who sang about love to growing their hair out and wearing colorful clothing... their music changed so much, and i liked their newer style. i looked into it finding out that LSD was the reason for all this. fast forward 3 years when i got the internet, reading into psychedelics and marijuana. Not too long after I got into the pot scene, and finally, my first hit of acid! I was so excited i took it right away... my friends who i was hanging out with were worried because i was not going to be tripping with everyone. we went out our bikes to the woods for manhunt. This is when i first felt the effects of LSD. It was one of the amazing and memorable experiences of my life... So why I start? The Beatles and erowid


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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: Learyfan]
    #7410300 - 09/14/07 07:38 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

It said something like "if you take mescaline you will be in a waking dream for THREE DAYS!"

All I could think was "COOL!!!! THREE DAYS!" :smirk:


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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: jewunit]
    #7410319 - 09/14/07 07:42 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Oh, I also have to say the Shroomery itself helped as well.
I poked around the boards and the trip reports when me and my friends first decided to definitely get mushrooms. Erowid as well I suppose.


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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: jewunit]
    #7410330 - 09/14/07 07:46 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Erowid as well I suppose.

Erowid was invaluable to me in the last couple years of high school.

I probably read every page of that site, back in 1998!


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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: jewunit]
    #7410342 - 09/14/07 07:49 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

My interest in drugs started the exact moment they started teaching us about them in middle school. Suddenly I checked out every book on drugs in the school library, and the principal and librarian thought I was soaking up all this anti-drug material because I believed it. They were proud of me. Truth was, I couldn't read enough about it because I was salivating at the thought of it. Just reading the chapters on pot and heroin gave me a woody.

I tried pot soon enough, but it was years after that before I ever got to try psychedelics; but I had been primed for the experience by those anti-drug classes in school, and I knew that I couldn't fucking wait. Yay, school.


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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: trendal]
    #7410768 - 09/14/07 10:08 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

My first desire to use psychedelics came from reading Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus Trilogy which captures psychedelic culture better than any text, even Fear and Loathing. That lead to reading Leary, Albert....

which lead me to believe in LSD et. al. as tools of consciousness expansion, self-actualization, and aesthetic sense.

Hundreds of trips later, and I have never looked back.


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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: trendal]
    #7410808 - 09/14/07 10:21 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

People I started hanging out with talked about mushrooms. It sounded fun... I checked out the Shroomery and read all about them. I didn't discover the forums until two years later, about when I got my first chance to try them.


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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: trendal]
    #7410841 - 09/14/07 10:29 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

A friend told me about his first two LSD experiences and told me how fun it was. I only smoked weed about 4 or 5 times before this.
I just thought I would give it a try, i liked pot, but it made me paranoid a lot the first times I was smoking it.
They just sounded fun to me, at first I never heard much about the drug..
I never was pressured to ever use drugs either, it was just something that teenagers did for kicks.


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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: Skunk420]
    #7410924 - 09/14/07 10:53 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

I knew i was asleep and wanted to wake up


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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: trendal]
    #7411283 - 09/15/07 12:25 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: trendal]
    #7411406 - 09/15/07 12:51 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

my experience started with weed. i was going through some rough times in college and decided to try mushrooms (after reading a lot here on the shroomery and erowid). I had a good friend who was a psychadelic guru, and he was kind of my mentor.

I took what I think was 2c-i first, thought it was the most fun I had ever experienced, and then tried a full 8th of mushrooms like 3 weeks later and how a frighteningly insane and enlightening/spiritual experience and I haven't looked back since.

I don't recall my DARE experiences making me want to do drugs. if i remember correctly, I was pretty apathetic either way.


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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: Syle]
    #7411423 - 09/15/07 12:58 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

I never got a big 'anti-drug' influence as a kid.  I remember my asking my mom about hallucinations (maybe i saw it on a movie), and she told me they see things that arnt there.  I then remember later, as a pre-teen, rollerblading in the front of the house and imagining how crazy and different it would be to see a pink elephant that wasnt there.  I dont know where I got the idea of a pink elephant, maybe Dumbo but Im not sure.

Fast forward to age 15 and my friend says he going to buy acid.  I dont know what it is, and ask him to share.  He laughs and says its not the kind of thing you can share.  I then learn about from friends and books over the next few weeks and finally get my own hit.  I still remember the trip very well, almost 13 years ago.  It was one of the most influential experiences in my life.  It was all uphill from there :wink:  (until i discovered meth... but thats a different story:rolleyes: )


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Re: Why did you start using psychedelics? [Re: trendal]
    #7411424 - 09/15/07 12:59 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

To get high.


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