Citation: ThrownAway. "Wonderful Introduction: An Experience with ALD-52 (exp111648)". Erowid.org. Mar 4, 2018. erowid.org/exp/111648
A Wonderful Introduction to a World of ALD-52
February 10, 2018 – 125ug ALD-52, swallowed with full glass of water.
Set/setting – with a trusted close friend (also dosed 125ug) in an unfamiliar house
Saturday afternoon I had plans with a close friend (let’s call her Claire) to trip in a house she was watching for some acquaintances who were out of town. The house seemed like a very interesting place to explore while tripping, and the two dogs that we were caring for definitely added to the liveliness of the trip. Claire has been my best friend for several years and has previous experience tripping with me on several occasions. She maneuvers the psychedelic headspace and vibe very well and is complementary to my mental state during trips. This was her first time experiencing a compound of the lysergamide class as well.
I received some tabs of ALD-52 in the mail about two weeks prior to this experience, and I was incredibly excited to have my first trip with a lysergamide
I was incredibly excited to have my first trip with a lysergamide
. I have probably tripped about 50+ times before and have experience with mushrooms, 4-AcO-DMT, 4-AcO-MET, 25B-nBOMe, 25I-nBOMe, and MDA. Of these substances, 4-AcO-DMT is my favorite due to its intensity and capability of delivering an ego-shattering trip. I expected ALD-52 to be less mentally challenging, which proved to be an accurate guess.
To make sure that my tabs of ALD-52 were as advertised, I microdosed them 3 times to get a feel for the substance. I noticed threshold/light effects from as little as 10ug, a much lower amount than I've seen listed.
Around 2pm, Claire and I orally consumed 125ug ALD-52.
T0:20 – I began feeling the effects less than 20 minutes after ingestion. This compound’s comeup manifests itself not unlike a mixture of coming up on Xanax and Adderall at the same time, though with the uneasy effects slightly more pronounced. I noticed a general anxiolytic effect not present with any 4-sub tryptamine or nBOMe compound. Despite this general feeling of what I can only describe as ‘wonkyness’, there was a slight uncomfortability like what might occur on a dosage of 5mg amphetamine. My bladder began to feel slightly uncomfortable here, a feeling which remained for the next hour. I felt like I had to pee a lot but could not relax my muscles enough to release urine.
T1:30 – The ‘comeup’ phase of the substance is nearly finished, at least from how I felt at the time. ALD-52 has easily the most comfortable comeup of any psychedelic I have ever consumed. At no point did my chest feel unusually tight, which is a common problem I have. My body temperature seems to have dropped, and I turned the heat up because of how cold I felt. Visuals are not highly apparent at this time, but exploring the house is becoming more interesting by the minute. I developed a very distinct ‘don’t touch me’ vibe at this point in the trip, which probably arose because of a slight feeling of nausea in my stomach. This is the only time I have ever consumed a psychedelic and not experienced diarrhea during the initial stages of the trip.
T2:30 – Okay, now we’re getting into exactly what this LSD derivative has to offer. Auditory enhancement is pronounced and the music seems to develop a certain level of emotional closeness that’s hard to put into words. Comparing this substance to mushrooms leaves me baffled by how different they feel. On ALD-52, I’m feeling a very pleasant body sensation that feels like slight electricity going up and down my arms, legs, and chest. Comparatively, mushrooms are very uncomfortable and stoning. Claire and I are in separate rooms, which I’m actually enjoying. Being away from a friend for more than 5 minutes always made me anxious on mushrooms, but ALD-52 seems to be giving me a good mix of wanting to be with her and wanting to be left alone a little. Listening to the Beatles White Album and Revolver proves to be a more than enthralling auditory experience.
T4:00 – I think I’ve reached peak effects at this time. As the sun sets and the living room goes darker, I’m getting a better idea of the visual characteristics of the substance. This is definitely not nearly as visual of a substance as any 4-sub tryptamine, but I notice the popcorn ceiling above me flowing and jutting out as if it’s slightly coming toward me. The one word I can use to describe its visuals would be ‘sharp’; it’s almost like the edges of materials seem to be the focus of my visual range (as opposed to looking at the object as a whole like you would sober).
Despite how nice it is to finally see some visual action, I was slightly disappointed by how visually disoriented I felt. Driving on this would be worse than driving on alcohol or another psychedelic because of how lost I got in the field of my vision. Nystagmus was noticeable.
At this point, I’m well aware of how much of a positive push this material is having on me. Honestly, I feel great. I’m smiling from ear to ear, having a great day with a person I care about, and could not be asking for a better first time on a substance. I note just how happy I am that I made the decision to trip on this day.
T5:00 – Claire and I are cuddling and laying on the couch listening to music right now. I’m really glad she was there for this part of the experience, because I felt a very strong urge to be physically close to someone at this time. I am very physiologically turned on at this point (which speaks to how little vasoconstriction I’m experiencing), but I did not have an intense yearning for sexual activity like I may have felt on amphetamine. The peak of the experience turns into a much more personal revelation as I hear two songs whose juxtaposition I could not overlook. As the song ‘Vowels’ by Hunny ends and ‘List of People’ by Tame Impala begins, I start thinking about how every relationship I enter into with a person comes with a certain level of uncomfortable risk. Just as soon as I’m pondering ideas related to how beautiful those risks make life, I suddenly am forced to plunge into the Tame Impala song. Tame Impala has always been one of my favorite bands, and List of People is about adding one more person to a metaphorical list of individuals who you try not to think about.
All of a sudden, I was confronted by an all-encompassing thought of every single person in my life who is on my ‘list of people’. As if I was remembering them all at the same time, they distracted me from even focusing on how much I was enjoying my time with Claire, or the day in general. I recalled their faces, names, bodies, and I even had minor daydreams of having sex with an ex-girlfriend. I saw a childhood friend of mine and recalled his face from the last time I ever spent time with him. I immediately recognized that these people were the individuals I have put forth a great deal of mental effort in suppressing my memory of. While intensely uncomfortable, the thought was profound, and I can call this part of the experience the most rewarding. It truly taught me an intangible lesson about myself and what I subconsciously avoid, though these thoughts faded immediately as the 5-minute song reached its conclusion. It was as close to crying whilst tripping as I have come in nearly a full year’s time. This all occurred while cuddling with Claire, and for a moment I felt as if the tactile enhancement provided by the material prevented me from sensing where my physical body ended and hers began. This contributed to a state similar to what might be experienced in a sensory deprivation tank. The feeling was insightful and carried a certain beauty with it, but I would in no way describe it as comfortable or uplifting.
Despite this being the most profound thought pattern I had during the entire duration of the trip, I feel paralyzed and unable to actually speak about these feelings until the next day. ALD-52 makes it very difficult for me to talk or use words to describe my feelings. This isn’t as bad as it sounds; I feel a very definite morphing-of-consciousness with Claire throughout the duration, and I feel that she understood my experience without having to know what I was undergoing.
I feel a very definite morphing-of-consciousness with Claire throughout the duration, and I feel that she understood my experience without having to know what I was undergoing.
T6:00 – Claire and I sit up from our comfortable position on the couch and begin engaging in some foreplay. It is at this point in the experience that the material lent itself comfortably to meaningful yet lustful feelings, which we both welcomed. What ensued was absolutely incredible and satisfying sexual behavior, greatly enhanced by the feeling of electric tactile sensations and a feeling of changed bodily form. It was as if every nerve ending in my body was firing at once. The time dilation provided by the psychedelic headspace was welcomed, and an incredibly deep satisfaction was felt both during and after the activity. I would absolutely describe ALD-52 as a potent aphrodisiac (almost as much so as amphetamine).
T7:00 – Claire and I clean up a little and take a few hits from her dab pen, which intensifies the visuals. We order some Mediterranean food to be delivered. I feel comfortable enough to talk to a deliveryman, and the food tastes absolutely incredible. I do not feel any significant appetite suppression from the compound. We polish off a couple bottles of champagne with dinner.
T9:00 – Effects have begun to wane, but I am still too awake for meaningful rest. We continue having delightful conversation and repeatedly hitting her vaporizer. ALD-52’s comedown is made much more enjoyable with the addition of a moderate amount of alcohol. Claire and I have sex again, which immediately wards off all residual stimulation from the drug.
T11:00 – Effects have died to the point that sleep is possible. We go to bed and attain sleep fairly quickly.
A noticeable emotional hangover made the next day a little less than pleasant, but I was overall incredibly satisfied with ALD-52 and plan on trying this material again in the near future. I feel that this may be a contender for my favorite psychedelic, next to 4-AcO-DMT. This could be used for raw fun, personal development, or intense self-reflection depending on the dose and setting. This material definitely has a positive push, but it seems to be less ‘funny’ than derivatives of psilocin.
The only major drawback of ALD-52 for me was the persistence of strong tremors throughout the experience They did not wane until I consumed a moderate amount of cannabis. Despite this, I probably would have noticed them less had Claire not pointed it out to me, and it definitely did not meaningfully detract from the experience.
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