Welcome to the 3rd Plateau
Dosage: aprox. 450mg
About Me (as far as drugs go anyway): I have smoked pot way to many
times to count, done mushrooms about a dozen times, acid a half dozen
and DXM twice before. The second time I did DXM (I had taken 4 hits of
acid about 6 hours earlier) I puked it up within a half hour of dosing
so I didn't really feel any of the effects. My only other DXM experience
was a 2nd plateau trip.
The Trip (5/5/98):
Ignition: Upon downing my glass of cough syrup and reflecting on how
quickly I got sick last time I dosed, I decided to smoke a bowl to help
keep my dose down. I knew this would probably add some confusion to the
trip, but I wasn't too worried.
00:10: I finished smoking my bowl and decided to put some cartoons on.
No real effects from the DXM yet, but I have some "leftover" closed eye
visuals from my last acid trip (a week and a half before this
experience). I put a tape of Animaniacs into my VCR (a wounderful fry
cartoon BTW) and vegged for a while.
00:20: I can feel myself go into the first plateau as the cartoons
become a little overwhelming. I feel "drippy", as if I was a very thick
liquid (cough syrup perhaps ;) It's not a very intense feeling, but I
find it very amusing and pleasurable.
00:30: I walk into my bathroom and notice the faint scent of robotussin.
I immediatley want to vomit, but I prevent myself from doing so. I
decide to disspose of the empty robo bottle. As I walk outside to
dissose of the bottle I notice how springlike everything looks (it's
spring so this comes as no suprise, but it seems to be a profound
observation at the time).
00:45: I layed in bed for a while and put on The Orb's Adventures Beyond
the Ultraworld. Little Fluffy Clouds has got to be one of the coolest
songs I've ever heard. WOW. A simply delightful experience (and a great
CD). As I close my eyes I notice that my visuals are starting to take on
that DXM type of feel and are becoming much more pronounced and intense.
I open my eyes and look at a poster on my wall. All of a sudden a
translucent crystaline pattern appears over my room. It's flashing
incredibly rappidly and emmits a low frequency somewhat soothing buzzing
sound (this seemed to be a confusion of sight and sound hallucination
that I often get on acid). I know instantly that I've entered the second
plate au. Flanging of my vision is very apparent, the flanging of sound
is not especially pronounced at this point. As I close my eyes again I
notice the INTENSE visuals. Incredibly complex and layered
hallucinations. I remember seeing a large "M" shaped building with a
multitude of textures and shapes contained within it. It's a very
complex structure and it's in 3-D! (only my 3rd time seeing 3-D CEVs)
I'm pretty amazed by this.
01:00: The visuals continue along with the flanging. Everything is
taking on a very dream like quality. It's not just a feeling of being
REALLY high, it's more like only being partially present to experience
the trip. Even with huge doses of LSD I still felt like I was there, I
was just really, really high; with DXM it's like I'm just not there.
It's kind of like being in a lucid dream. Very difficult to describe. I
can't express how amazing these visuals are. Different shapes and
textures repeated hundreds of times form larger patterns and objects.
Everything is in constant motion but somehow static at the same time.
There is some "zooming", as I'll call it, with these hallucinations.
I'll be looking at the CEVs and then focus on a certain part of it, and
then my mind will zoom in on that. Very bizzare. Far more intesne than
anything I ever experienced on LSD or shrooms.
01:30: The visuals are AMAZING. Vivid images morph smoothly between one
form and the next, each one more amazing than the last. All of the open
eye visuals and closed eye visuals (OEVs and CEVs from now on) all seem
to flash at a fixed, very rapid rate. Like someone put a strobelight in
my head. The "on" phase of the pulse is much longer than the "off" phase
so it's not to annoying. I can feel an immense energy building within my
inner "core". As it builds I find that it is to much to contain and it
begins to eminate outword from within my core. There is an profound
sense of confusion that words cannot do justice to. My mind is racing.
Thoughts and images flow through my mind at an unimaginable pace. The
confusion and energy within my core are now building at an exponential
rate. I focus on a peculiar pattern in one of my CEVs. I can tell
something is about to happen. The shape I was focusing on begins to bend
inward, and I am sucked into it. There is a sudden sense of clarity. The
words, "Welcome to the 3rd Plateau" flash in bright red letters. All of
the "chatter" in my head is gone. I can concentrate on a signle thought
now. The only thing going through my head at this point is "Oh my god, I
am tripping HARD".
02:30: My memory is comepletly shot to hell at this point. I remember
the following things occuring during my peak (they aren't listed in any
-Being sucked into the 2nd dimention for several minutes.
-Flying through a vast network of "wires".
-Falling through my bed onto the astral plane.
-Running around in a world not unlike the one depicted in "Tron" for
quite some time.
-Encountering a very bizzare symbol that looked somewhat like the nazi
symbol but with 6 "legs". What was odd, was that it was smaller than a
proton and more immense than the universe, at the exact same time. It
was also spinning slightly off it's axis at an unimaginable rate. It
didn't blur when it was spinning though. I could percieve each of the
hundreds of millions of rotations it was making every millisecond with
perfect clarity. I can't express how fucked up this looked.
During my peak I had severe flanging of all of my senses. I remember
rubbing my hand on my pillow for probably 10 minutes straight. It made
the *coolest* noise! I also remember that when I had my eyes open, they
only seemed to update the picture 5-6 times a second, and then my brain
would just fill in the rest. I also remember trying to draw and write in
my sketchbook. Each stroke I made seemed to be a completely seperate
action from the last. So drawing a "T" involved making one vertical
line, and then a horizontal one, on top of the first, but making these
lines didn't correlate to drawing the letter "T". That's a horrid
description, and probably doesn't make much sense, but it's the best I
03:00: I noticed that the effects were starting to subside. Well not
quite subside, but level off at least. I decided to finish viewing the
tape of Animaniacs I had had in earlier. The animation was simply
incredible. The characters seemed to morph around on the screen from
place to place, almost as if they were a liquid of some sort. What I
found especially amusing about this paticular cartoon (Animaniacs) is
that sounds or music correlate to the on screen movements and actions of
the characrters. I found this most amusing since that was to an extent
going on in my head earlier in the trip.
03:45: I decide to go back to bed. As I close my eyes I notice
Animaniacs themed hallucinations everywhere. This was *so* cool. I
remember subconciously constructing an episode in my head and having it
play out for me in my CEVs. The one thing I do remember very clearly
from the "episode" was Wakko (one of the characters on the show) driving
a 1982 model chevy down a mountainous road, flying out the winshield,
being texture mapped onto an entirely to small, donut shaped object and
then smiling and waving at me before he flew off a cliff. That kind of
gives you an idea of what this "episode" was like.
04:00-04:45:I drift off to sleep somewhere in here.
11:00: I wake up tripping (2nd plateau), NOT FUN. The trip fades to a
1st plateau within a couple of minutes and goes into a hangover about an
24:00: About when I'm writing this trip report. I'm pretty much back to
normal. Still feel "not quite all there" but that seemed to fade within
a couple of days last time so I'm not worried. I can't belive I dosed
yesterday. It seems like so long ago.
Reflection: WOW, WOW, WOW. I've tripped plenty of times on acid and
shrooms, but this trip blew my mind. The DXM experience, minus the
discordination and drunk feeling were kind of what I originally thought
mushrooms and acid would be like before I tried them. A really, really,
really, really (I have a wounderful vocabulary, I know), intense
experience. The thought "am I having a bad trip" ran through my mind
several times, but I managed to keep control of my thought patterns for
the most part. DXM is one amazing (and bizzare) drug.
©1998 The Third Plateau
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