Citation: Stalwart. "First and Last Time: An Experience with Ephedrine & Glaucine (exp110976)". Erowid.org. Oct 7, 2017. erowid.org/exp/110976
To begin with, I am a fairly experienced drug user: through this unworthy career of mine, I have tried nearly all mainstream drugs, including, but not limited to LSD, NBOME, 2-CB, magic mushrooms, amphetamines, mephedrone, MDMA, cannabis in all kinds and varieties, benzodiazepines, and prescription opiates. I’ve never had the pleasure (or misfortune) to have a taste of, for want of a better word, hard drugs, namely heroin, cocaine, and the like. It is not that I am prejudiced or sanctimonious, but these substances have never tempted me as much as prescription drugs - of which I am the greatest connoisseur to walk this earth.
These facts I have digressed to mention so that you know that I approached the subject as a seasoned drug enthusiast, rather that an impressionable fledgling. Therefore, I assure you that what I am going to write next is but plain facts, free of any bias and distortions.
I have been yearning for ephedrine ever since I embarked on this treacherous path, but, for some reasons beyond my understanding, the opportunity would slip away at the very last moment, which unnerved me a great deal, since obtaining drugs in most unfortunate circumstances has always been my only practical forte.
Yet is there anything that can hide forever from a drug maniac on a hunt? I guess not, and the bottle of ephedrine-containing syrup that I procured yesterday is a vivid illustration of the fruits of perseverance and skilful blarney. But enough is enough; this ode to a junkie is getting ridiculously florid, and from here I am transitioning to the main story.
The syrup, BRONCHOLYTIN 125 ml, contains 4.5 mg of ephedrine per 5 ml of the syrup, that is, roughly 120 mg of ephedrine by weight. Also, the syrup has glaucine (cough suppressant) as another active ingredient, 97-proof ethanol (1.7% of the volume), and a group of inert additives for taste and absorption. Since I had been warned that ephedrine puts significant strain on the body, I decided to start off low and work my way up if necessary.
At 17:00 I drank two 20 ml caps of the syrup and chased them with a smaller, 5 ml cap. That is, approx. 45 mg of ephedrine hydrochloride, 45 mg of glaucine hydrobromide, and 0.7 ml of ethanol in sum.
At 17:25 I can feel my heart rate accelerating, and in the successive five minutes, my heart is positively racing: 110-120 beats per minute, maybe more.
At 17:30 I notice a pronounced mood lift verging on euphoria. I feel like talking, and my legs are shaking violently of their own accord. At this moment, the feelings remind me of coming up on MDA (methylenedioxyAmphetamine). I am looking forward to reaching the peak effects. In the meantime, I am wondering: how come a drug so potent is sold in pharmacies?
As it then turned out, there is nothing wrong with ephedrine being sold in drugstores. It is a marvellous drug, indeed.
For those with a bad cough.
Other than that, it is the crappiest drug I’ve ever been unlucky to try. And here’s why.
In no more than 15 minutes after the aforementioned “euphoria”, the syrup made me extremely tired and drowsy. In the following hour I was yawning every ten seconds, my head was heavy, and my face was puffy, as if stung by a horde of honeybees. My heart was pounding against my chest, and the veins on my temples were throbbing, which is a sign of dangerously elevated blood pressure.
I washed my face and drank a cup of cold water. Then I just lay on the bed, trying to sleep, but in vain, because my heart was still racing, and the sound of it beating reverberated in my head in a most distressing way. Finally, I gave up, and took a 5 mg Valium pill sublingually. In some 30 minutes, my heart rate slowed down, and I was perfectly sober.
It is 21:00 as I am typing this report. I’ve had a little nap, and I feel fine, just a bit drowsy from Valium. My verdict on ephedrine is NOT WORTH IT. As simple as that. The high is feeble and transient, and it gives you false hopes. That is, you will be burning with anticipation, and then, all of a sudden, the “euphoria” vanishes, and you are left crestfallen and bare-handed, with your veins ready to burst open because of monstrous vasoconstriction, and you heart ready to jump out of your chest.
I am cognisant of the fact that different drugs affect people differently. Yet, judging from what I’ve read so far, very few find ephedrine even remotely enjoyable.
P.S. Wow, this report is much longer than I expected. My writing is not usually that verbose – I rather stick to a succinct, direct style – but right now I am having the irresistible urge to write long and complex sentences.
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