Citation: Psychodelic. "The Sensation of Things Being 'Just Right': An Experience with ETH-LAD (exp109895)". Erowid.org. Jan 23, 2017. erowid.org/exp/109895
||Pharms - Ibuprofen
Summary: 300 mcg ETH-LAD - unpleasant body load on the come-up, but very lucid and pleasant mental state on the peak. Visuals have a distinct character and mostly consist of depth distortion and trailing. A substance for the mental state, not as much for visuals.
This trip report was written a few months after the trip. Most of it was written from memory and the times are approximate. Previous experience with ETH-LAD: 100 mcg and 200 mcg. I decided to write this report because this research chemical deserves more attention (although not everybody seems to enjoy it).
I preloaded with 200 mg ibuprofen 20 minutes before.
0:00 Swallowed 3 tabs (300 mcg) of ETH-LAD. I had made a playlist of music beforehand. I was in a positive mood and was eager to experience what was in store for me.
0:45 First visual effects noted, consisting of faint neon-colored lines on the wall. Soon after, I began to feel very cold. Layers of clothes and blankets did not give relief. In addition, I was nauseous, but not bad enough to cause me to throw up. A further unpleasant side effect was tremors which made it slightly more difficult to perform tasks.
Since I didn't feel well and had never taken such a large dose of this substance before, I decided to stay inside for a while, and put on some music. My music appreciation was not enhanced in any way.
The visuals were not particularly enjoyable, compared to for example AL-LAD; the main visual effect was a distortion of perspective that made things seem to zoom in and out. I also experienced a 'tearing' of my visual field which was disturbing at first. Mentally, I was much less intoxicated than I would be on a comparable dose of LSD. I was fully aware of where I was, who I was, and what was going on.
3:00 The rough come-up seemed to have passed; no more shivers, nausea, or tremors. I packed my backpack with some water and went outside.
The late-afternoon sunlight immediately lifted my mood; I was now smiling broadly and feeling fantastic. Colors were slightly enhanced in a pastel-like way but not as much as LSD tends to do.
Walking was extremely enjoyable; it felt like I was standing still and the world was moving around me. The physical sensation in my legs was also pleasant, somewhat MDMA-like. My thoughts were racing, with strong time dilation noted, but my mental state was lucid.
My thoughts were racing, with strong time dilation noted, but my mental state was lucid.
3:15 As I walked on a long, straight road, the depth distortion caused me to feel like I was in an old-school racing game, with my 2-dimensional surroundings scrolling past me while my character stays stationary on the screen. Another analogy to describe the effect would be that I felt like a ship in Star Wars entering hyperspace; the stars are drawn out into lines and appear to fly past me with great speed. A secondary visual effect was strong trailing, which was especially visible on the many people walking past me on the street. It was very enjoyable to trip with a broad smile on my face among so many sober people. Mentally, I found myself thinking very quickly and associatively, but I was also easily able to 'zone out' and just enjoy walking.
3:45 I peaked around this time. Time dilation was strong; waiting for the traffic light would feel like an eternity, albeit a pleasant one. The sun was low on the sky and the clouds were orange. I would like to say that this was one of the most beautiful things I have seen, but unfortunately the opposite was true. At the time I literally thought ETH-LAD visuals were 'ugly'; the sky and sun were distorted by green and purple lines which did not mesh well at all with the colors of the sunset.
I reached a bridge over a river and looked down at the water; the water was distorted in the same ugly way. I was slightly disappointed by this, but my mood remained good.
I decided to head back home. The same visual and mental effects that I mentioned earlier were still present, but the visuals were decreasing in intensity. My body felt somewhat feverish, but it was not noticable enough to bother me. Walking was effortless and enjoyable.
4:30 I got home; I walked the few metres to the kitchen humming the 4th movement of Beethoven's 3rd symphony; I felt euphoric and victorious, like a conquerer, like Napoleon - my mind made this connection to the music in an instant. A millisecond later, I was elated to note how I had made this connection. Interestingly, the music did not sound any better than normal - unlike with AL-LAD.
I decided to lie down on my bed and the same instant, I felt myself melting together with the mattress. It felt as if the way I was positioned was 'just right'. I closed my eyes, and I enjoyed the many images floating past. The closed-eye visuals mostly consisted of images of concrete objects and people, as opposed to abstract fractals and such.
Later that night, I had the sensation of things being 'just right' many more times. I felt as if my mental clarity was greatly enhanced to the point where I was able to make perfect decisions.
I was still quite stimulated and was somewhat restless as a result, but the comedown was generally very pleasant.
The following days, I experienced a pleasant afterglow; I needed less sleep to feel refreshed and generally was in a better mood. Overall, I prefer this substance to LSD for its mental clarity, although it is inferior visually and has a worse body load at high doses.
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