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Use With Care
5F-AKB-48 (Smoking Blend)
by BlackDogz
Citation:   BlackDogz. "Use With Care: An Experience with 5F-AKB-48 (Smoking Blend) (exp101257)". Jan 4, 2016.

T+ 0:00
100 mg oral Morphine  
  T+ 2:00 4 hits smoked 5F-AKB48 (plant material)
  T+ 2:00 4 hits smoked Tobacco (plant material)


I am a 48 year old male, heavy build and using a high dose of lawfully prescribed morphine to deal with muscle and nerve damage to my back following an accident. I was looking for a possibly complementary pain killer along the lines of THC but without the legal worries. I am not a recreational drug user although I tried various things in my teens and have had some experiences of skunk.

After some reading I found an online supplier of the substance 5F-AKB-48. This was marketed as a synthetic cannabinoid and came as a small sachet of plant material with the product sprayed onto it - it was packaged in a colourful foil envelope with some 'head shop' type designs.

I rolled one cigarette, using a king size rolling paper. I used a small amount of tobacco and the equivalent of about two factory made cigarettes worth of the substance. It was evening, I was fairly relaxed, not worried or apprehensive, and I had eaten normally during the day. I was about two hours since my standard 100mg MST evening dose.

I expected nothing to happen as I remember old smoking mixes when I was a teen (things like 'High Noon and Yuba Gold) that did absolutely nothing. I was very, very wrong about this.

T00 - start to smoke

T30 seconds - Very strong feeling of being high, in every way like strong cannabis

T1minute - Sensation growing with every passing second - by this time I have had about four deep inhalations from the joint. Stop smoking as the feeling starts to over power me and I get a little scared. I make my way (just) up the stairs to bed.

Time, at this point, becomes meaningless. Unbelievably I find myself in the midst of the most over-powering body high and start to trip, very heavily like old-fashioned LSD mixed with mushrooms.

I won't go into the trip - it was insane but there are a million descriptions of those on the net - suffice to say it was immensely transcendental and un-earthly - and completely, desperately unpleasant.

After what seemed like an eternity trapped inside my own head - with complete loss of sight and all other senses replaced by screaming, Steve Vai like guitar sounds - I started to hear my wife's voice, trying to get through to me. Very slowly, I re-gained my vision and awareness to find my very worried wife sitting on the bed with me trying to get some responses. For the longest time I did not know who I was or who she was. The worst thing was an overriding sense of terror.

Over the course of about 20 minutes I came round to be left with a similar feeling to having come down from mushrooms/cannabis. Apparently, at the worst stage, I was convulsing with my eyeballs rolled back into my head and but for this only lasting a couple of minutes my wife would have called the emergency services.

I know this sounds over the top but I beg you to believe me - this substance should be approached with extreme caution (if at all) and whilst I may have had a bad reaction that is possibly atypical, it is a hard fact that this could happen to someone else. Using this and driving would be suicide/murder, using it whilst depressed or unwell could be similarly catastrophic, and if this is tempting any hard line psychonauts to experiment, think again - there was not one single second where the experience was anything less than terrifying. I have back pain but am otherwise in robust mental and physical health and this stuff nearly snuffed my mind out.

Exp Year: 2013ExpID: 101257
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 48 
Published: Jan 4, 2016Views: 3,801
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