Citation: Lysergedelia. "A Lackluster Visit Into Barb-Land: An Experience with Butalbital (exp109854)". Erowid.org. Jul 23, 2018. erowid.org/exp/109854
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I had noticed that there was very scarce anecdotal evidence and personal narratives on the substance of butalbital, so I decided to write a report and contribute to the community. I hope that this information may become valuable to some of the more intrepid explorers out there.
I have many different experiences with many different drugs from all the major classes: psychedelics, empathogens, stimulants, benzodiazepines, dissociatives, cannabinoids, GABAergics, and deleriants, to name a few. Writing a definitive list of what I have consumed in the past would be futile. Needless to say, I am very experienced in terms of altered states of consciousness.
My foray in to the world of barbituates began with phenobarbital, which, in my experience turned out to be of very little value. I had higher hopes for butalbital, but ultimately my expectations fell short.
I began the night completely sober, and having eaten approximately 3 hours beforehand, as to get a baseline experience with this substance. Staying at my stepmothers housesitting as they were out of town had me bored beyond belief, so naturally, like any curious individual, I raided her medicine cabinet for anything worthwhile. Nothing popped out to me; no vicodin, no gabapentin, no vyvanse. But wait… what’s that in the back of the cabinet? Hmmm….
The bottle read butalbital/caffeine/acetaminophen (generic fioricet) 50/40/325, respectively. I had heard of butalbital, but knew little of its recreational value. A quick google search found it to be somewhat worthwhile. Deciding that trying it might be fun, I hastily swallowed 2 of the off-green tablets .
+0.15 I go out and smoke a cigarette, to calm my nerves. I come inside after finishing the cigarette and feed my dog. Could I be feeling some sort of first alerts? Barbs act very quickly, and this seemed in line with my knowledge of psychopharmacology.
+0.36 I am laying in bed listening to some Shlohmo and begin to feel *something*. I feel somewhat contented, not unlike that of the more anxiolytic benzodiazepines like alprazolam (Xanax) or lorazepam (Ativan). I feel a slight decrease in overall anxiety and inhibition, but nothing comparable to that of the benzodiazepines.
+0.41 I note that I am somewhat tired and lethargic, similar to my experience with pregabalin. I text a friend and update them on my status.
+0.54 I get the munchies, so I head downstairs to grab a brownie. I notice a very slight intoxicated like feeling, different than any other class of GABAergics I have tried. Very mild ataxia, but moving around feels airy and light. I feel very tired, somewhat like diphenhydramine minus the severe body load and paranoia.
+1.15 I note that my breathing has become slightly more shallow and that my heart rate has increased very slightly, paradoxically. I spend some time listening to more music and chatting with a friend.
+1.21 I begin to feel a little dizzy so I lay down. This is a very hypnotic substance; however, the sleep inducing effects appear to be much more in line with diphenhydramine or ethanol, rather than zopliclone (Ambien), triazolam (Halcion), or even midazolam.
+1.40 I go out to smoke a cigarette. No change in ataxia or mindset.
+1.50 I decide to give this substance one more shot, so I dose another 50mg, totaling up to 150mg.
+2.13 I go to urinate, and notice virtually no ataxia, loss of coordination, or anything that might make this experience “fun”.
+2.25 I go out and smoke another cigarette. I note that I feel slightly heavy, but movement is fairly fluid. My core body temperature rises slightly. The cool night air feels good.
+3.15 I eventually give up on this lackluster drug and decide to slowly slip a beer. I DO NOT condone doing this, or combining any CNS depressants in any fashion; however, I am very experienced and felt comfortable in doing so in an attempt to reclaim the night.
+3.30 I sit down to write this report. Overall, I would not really recommend this substance to anyone; it simply has very little positives compared to drugs like alprazolam or clonazepam, which are much more readily available and recreational anyways. I will not be repeating this research at any point all—the butalbital simply isn’t worth it. Perhaps if I could get my hands on some secobarbitol or amobarbital to further my research in to barbituates, I could generate a conclusive report on these substances.
For now I will just to stick to the benzodiazepines; they are much more euphoric, safer, and recreational than this. With the rise in “research chemical” benzos being sold online, barbs very much seem like an afterthought. I feel I would be much better off sourcing some etizolam, clonazolam, or flunitrazolam rather than trying to catch a quick buzz off of this useless and undesirable substance.
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