The Summer of DXM
The Summer of DXM, by "Agaton Sachs XIII", firstname.lastname@example.org
This summer, 1997, I didn't have a summer job for the first time
in years and years, and since my interest for drugs had grown,
especially the more psychedelic one, I decided some
self-expermentation would be a good way to get a few non-happening
summer days to pass.
In the beginning of the summer I bought 10 g of DXM HBr,
out of 2 that I sold to my friend.
Most of the time I ingested the powder by mixing it well with
Orange Juice, following it up with a clean glass of OJ.
I did, however, try it with lemonade, believing the citrus
fruit would cover up the taste, but it really didn't do the
job as good as orange juice.
150 mg (1.8 mg/kg)
I tried this dose once in an attempt to reach the 1st plateau,
And well, it didn't do much at all. I could feel some slight
effects, such as enjoying watching TV, but it was more or less
gone in a couple of hours. I didn't find it much interesting at
500 mg (5.9 mg/kg)
This is the first dose I tried, and the one I did most times,
because I still felt able to go out for a walk or a bike ride,
without looking too strange and be able to answer the phone if
neccessary etc. The flanging/"wavey" effects were there, and
when I closed my eyes I never saw anything special, but I'd
feel like I was stretching out and getting taller, or that my
hands were swelling. A couple of hours after the peak I'd
usually feel talkative and a bit hyperactive. I always hit
the 2nd plateau with this dose. I once combined it with
nitrous oxide, with positive results, the nitrous "kick"
was longer, more intense and "heavy".
900 mg (10.6 mg/kg)
This trip should have sent me off to the 3rd plateau,
but it didn't. I think this was because I puked, so it was
more like a 2nd plateau trip. I did enjoy it however.
1200 mg (14.12 mg/kg)
After the 500 mg dose, this was the most common one for me,
I did it four times, and I was only able to keep myself from
puking once. One time it didn't feel at all like a 3rd plateau
trip, but most of the time it was around 3rd/4th..
One time I tripped on it, I found a headshop in Sweden which
sold mushrooms, so I spent most of the peak trying to order some,
which was interesting, but since I didn't concentrate, I missed
the interesting effects of the peak.
However, the one time I managed to keep myself from puking (by
breathing deeply and preparing myself mentally by telling myself
over and over that I was gonna be able to keep it down), I had
the most intense trip of them all.
With my walkman playing a some home recordings done by a girl
I know, and my eyes closed, I almost felt connected telepathically
to her, and when I later called her, she had just come home after
being away from home for a long period of time, so who knows,
maybe there was something there, or maybe it was only coincidence.
The telephone call itself was really weird though, and not that
With my eyes closed, I'd usually get either something resembling
computer generated repeative patterns in 3 dimensions (like you
can get quite easily from ketamine), and sometimes I'd feel like
I levitated and as I did this, I saw a blurry image of a globe
disappearing in the distance, and as I lost my concentration, I'd
slowly return by the same path closer to the globe.
Another common visual effect would be the feeling of being inside
the movie tron (another effect more prominent from ketamine), and
seeing weird 3-dimensional stuff, almost like inside the big
alien mothership in independence day. Once I also felt like I was
floating above the water outside a big city late at night, with
lots of skyscrapers with small lights in every window, which,
however, seemed a bit unrealistic.
Cons of DXM
Well, above I've pretty much told you what I like about DXM.
However, most of the time I found the feeling of being hyperactive
yet tired was a bit annoying, especially when it tended to go on
for several hours. But I usually just went for a bike ride if the
weather allowed it to solve that little problem. Another bad thing
is the feeling of the jaws aching a bit, and also other muscles
felt a bit strained. Since my experience with DXM is limited to
a rather short period of time, I can't tell much about long-term
Personally I feel that I'm done with DXM, despite it being enjoyable
most of the time, I don't feel like it has much more to offer me.
Note to Swedish readers
Dextrometorphan is available in the cough syrup called Tussidyl,
but you need a perscription to get it, and I can't imagine drinking
syrup being an enjoyable thing, so I reccomend buying some DXM HBr
powder instead. From my knowledge, importing it is no criminal offense,
since its recreational use isn't something big brother has found out
©1998 The Third Plateau
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