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Baby's First Acid Trip
Posted: Posted June 7th by poptart!
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Despite using any drugs that come my way, I've never tried LSD. Psychedelics have never interested me. I've always noticed overlap between the people who are into acid and the people who are into horoscopes. If I try acid, I thought, I'll turn into a fucking hippie, the worst of all fates. Or, maybe I never tried it because I never came across it, living in opiate-ridden small Ohio towns.

Over the past weekend, I was getting drunk at Camp Anarchy, a three-day punk festival held — for some reason — in the middle of podunk Ohio. The sun started to set, and after a long day of drinking craft brews, my friends and I found ourselves standing between two rows of Porta-Johns, talking to two beautiful girls from California.

Mid-conversation, this shirtless guy came up to me and asked me to hold something. A Gatorade cap full of drugs. A few pills and a few tabs. "Are you gonna share with me?" I asked him, and he ripped me off a tab. I put it in my mouth and then asked, "What was that?"

"Acid," he said over his shoulder as he walked away. At that moment, between the shitters and next to two beautiful ladies, I realized I was about to have a great time. "Holy shit, I just took acid," I said to no one in particular. The California Girl I had been talking to let out a groan — "Why couldn't I score like that? You lucky bastard!" — while one of my friends, who was already hammered drunk, started to freak out.

"How could you do that? Take drugs from a stranger? That's illegal!"

I told him to stop being such a cop. One of the California girls positioned herself between us and distracted my plastered pal, taking him by the arm and walking him away. The other grabbed me by the shoulders and looked me deep in the eyes. "You're going to have a blast," she said, "Don't let him ruin your trip."

We kept talking, eventually moving away from the Porta-Johns to avoid having drunk punks weaving through us and interrupting us. At this point, Bad Religion was playing, and I was starting to feel a little funky. "Everything feels so soft," I observed as I was hugging the California Girl — and it didn't have anything to do with how her titties were pressed up against me; everything truly was soft.

"Let's go shopping," she said. She took me by the hand — her hand was the softest hand I've ever felt in my life — and we weaved through the crowd, past the fat guy having people staple money to his body, past the portly man with a triple mohawk, past the girl wearing nothing but short shorts and pasties. We walked through the booths of vendors. Eventually, we came to the place where I would find the true love of my life: a furby. There, on a set of shelves, rested a row of colorful furbies, their eyes lighting up in the dark.

"Hey, they're talking to me," I said. The California Girl handed me one and told me to feel it. As I stroked its fur, I felt a deep emotional connection between me and the animatronic gremlin. I felt bad for the other furbies, but this was my furby. It had picked me, and I picked it. As I raved on and on about how soft its fur was, the vendor came up and told me that I could tickle it, too. I wiggled my finger in its stomach, and it let out a giggle. "Hoooooly shiiiiiit."

"They're eighty bucks if you want one," the vendor said.

I was high on acid, but I wasn't stupid, so I put it back and went back to stroking the California Girl's arm. At some point, another friend texted me. It blew my mind.

"What's going on?" he asked.

"Dude I'm on acid," I said. "How did you know to text me?"

We have a psychic connection, I thought. He knew I was on acid and knew to text me.

The night wore on. I got the Cali Girl's number, and we parted ways. My friends and I continued drinking beer and moshing. Eventually, NOFX finished their set, and we walked out to the parking lot and started our drive home. From the back seat of the car, my friend in the passenger seat was washed in a bright purple light. I'm not sure if the light was real or not.

After a stop at Waffle House — I got the two-egg breakfast — we stopped at Taco Bell — I got the shredded chicken burrito — and then made our way back to my friend's apartment, where I fell asleep.

In the morning, the alcohol had worn off, but the acid continued to linger. I said my goodbyes to my friends and drove home. At this point, I was in a bit of a pickle. I was on the tail end of my trip, according to Google, but I had to work in about three hours. I decided walking would help it wear off. I went around the block, smoking cigarettes, enjoying a distinct floating sensation. Despite being in the middle of a suburb, I felt a strong connection to nature. The grass was greener, fluffier, grassier. I wanted to sit down and pet it, but I had enough sense to know how strange that would look to my neighbors.

Eventually, the effects wore off. My trip wasn't life-changing; I didn't have any profound realizations about the universe, but it was a blast, and as far as I know, I'm still not a stupid hippie. Still, I've felt a strange happiness ever since. The grass outside still looks greener, and life feels a little bit brighter.

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not sure why i decided to type this up as a story. maybe i am a hippie now, fuck

Posted June 7th by poptart!
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I've always noticed overlap between the people who are into acid and the people who are into horoscopes. If I try acid, I thought, I'll turn into a fucking hippie, the worst of all fates.


For what it's worth, I've seen a study referenced where people who have tripped on acid are significantly more likely to become vegetarians. I question the methodology, but I don't remember exactly how it was run. Take it for what you will.

Anyway, cool experience. Enjoy the increased neuroplasticity and emotional wellbeing.

Legalize classical hallucinogens.

Posted June 7th by Cruinn-Annuin
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Interesting read. Glad you had a great experience with it. I haven't tried psychedelics, but I've had ecstasy and my experience is similar to yours. I don't even get downers anymore from it; it's more like an afterglow, and I feel amazing even after I'm no longer enjoying the high from it.

These things just add so much meaning to your life, don't they? I won't go into detail, but I've enjoyed the therapeutic effects of MDMA. You're enjoying the therapeutic effects drugs can have. Months after I used ecstasy, my outlook on life has changed. It was the best night of my life.

Posted June 7th by Jubei
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This path is one that I have chosen myself

For what it's worth, I've seen a study referenced where people who have tripped on acid are significantly more likely to become vegetarians. I question the methodology, but I don't remember exactly how it was run. Take it for what you will.


hmm, interesting. my first thought is that it's correlation, not causation. i'll have to try tripping sober sometime.

Anyway, cool experience. Enjoy the increased neuroplasticity and emotional wellbeing.


yeah, i was pretty excited to read about those effects afterwards. i never knew doing drugs could feel so healthy!

Posted June 7th by poptart!
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These things just add so much meaning to your life, don't they? I won't go into detail, but I've enjoyed the therapeutic effects of MDMA. You're enjoying the therapeutic effects drugs can have. Months after I used ecstasy, my outlook on life has changed. It was the best night of my life.


i've always been curious about x, but i'm on an SSRI and unfortunately the two don't mix well, so it's one that i have to skip out on. same with cocaine, although i don't think i'm missing out on much there

Posted June 7th by poptart!
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I haven't tried psychedelics, but I've had ecstasy and my experience is similar to yours


MDMA is also being researched in the same application as a therapeutic along with LSD and psilocybin.

In extremely crude layman's terms, MDMA essentially makes the brain remember how to be happy by flooding and strengthening the chemical connections responsible for the feeling of euphoria.

Posted June 7th by Cruinn-Annuin
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i've always been curious about x, but i'm on an SSRI and unfortunately the two don't mix well, so it's one that i have to skip out on. same with cocaine, although i don't think i'm missing out on much there

Yeah, somehow I think ecstasy would be more curative for depression than anti-depressants, at least based off what I've seen. I know some people that take opioids and others that took anti-depressants. Needless to say, they weren't as efficient in countering the depression as ecstasy was. In my case, I'm an inversion of how I was just a few months back - I'm the happiest mos tpositive I've ever been in my life. Obviously, I can't speak for how it'd work for others, but it cured my depression. I'm glad to hear you found something that works for you. I'd take ecstasy everyday if it didn't mess up my brain but either way trying it has left a lasting impression.

It pisses me off how big pharma is treated like it's perfect but illicit drugs aren't.

In extremely crude layman's terms, MDMA essentially makes the brain remember how to be happy by flooding and strengthening the chemical connections responsible for the feeling of euphoria.

I feel so good after taking it. It's like eating ym favorite food x 100. Yes, it's that amazing.



Posted June 7th by Jubei
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This path is one that I have chosen myself

Just now saw this thread. I would recommend that the spoken-for man not put his arm around too many hot California girls, particularly those that appear to have a desperate craving for toaster pastries. No judgement, just advice.

I still have my original Furby. They're really quite horrible little things, but I can't make myself part with it somehow.

Edited June 9th by Famov
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Posted June 10th by poptart!
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For what it's worth, I've seen a study referenced where people who have tripped on acid are significantly more likely to become vegetarians. I question the methodology, but I don't remember exactly how it was run. Take it for what you will.


Meanwhile, I started eating way way more meat after taking acid. I can see why it would make you a vegetarian though -- you get kind of permanently connected to everything so it can feel weird to eat conscious beings similar to you (I guess it's okay to eat plants that have alien modes of cognition? Never really understood the logic here, particularly since acid-tripping hippies also tend to be the kind of people who communicate with their plants).

I guess ultimately for me my biggest change was radically improving my health -- a process that has over time led to eating a fuckton of meat and animal products in general. There were also some secondary changes that snowballed into greater things, but at some point your life is just based on itself rather than a total mindfuck that happened three years ago.

Posted June 10th by Xhin
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