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Dissapointing Cognitive Enhancer
Citation:   Morninggloryseed. "Dissapointing Cognitive Enhancer: An Experience with 2C-D (exp34397)". Jun 15, 2004.

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5.0 mg oral 2C-D (liquid)
  T+ 2:15 1 bowl smoked Cannabis (plant material)
  T+ 2:24 1 cart. inhaled Nitrous Oxide (gas)
I measured out fifty-milligrams of 2C-D. It was a fluffy, gleaming-white powder and I dissolved that into ten-milliliters of distilled, sterile water. This was held in a glass vial for ease of use and measurement. The 2C-D almost immediately went into solution and required no heat and just a little shaking for the crystals to dissolve.

Monday, May 3, 2004

5:53 PM: Measuring with a syringe, I draw up one-milliliter of the solution, containing five-milligrams of 2C-D. This experiment is to better understand and experience this molecule’s alleged “smart-drug properties” for a future study I plan on conducting. It has a slightly bitter flavor, but it isn’t bad at all.

6:19 PM: Definitely feeling an alert. Difficult to define. I feel a kind of warmth in the chest, and the knowledge that I have taken something. Not really stimulating, just warm.

6:40 PM: At this point, the effects seem to be fully developed. I guess I am at a plus/minus on the “Shulgin scale.” There is warmth in the chest and a slight increased interest in activities I am doing. But there is nothing that I feel to really consider this state one of cognitive-enhancement. I felt more from piracetam when I took that, and find d,l-amphetamine to be a much better study aid then this. There are no amphetamine-like feelings with five-milligrams of 2C-D.

7:03 PM: Not much more than before. It’s been well over an hour. From my prior experience with 2C-D, I know this is as far as it is going to go. I would describe this as a “buzz” really more than anything else. I am perhaps at a mild plus-one.

7:19 PM: I just read an essay given to me by an on-line acquaintance. I found the 2C-D seemed to increase my interest in reading the work, but I can not honestly say it wasn’t also just a placebo result. There is no truly discernible activity beyond the “phenethylamine body-buzz” that is occurring. I do not notice any real cognitive-enhancement or “smart-drug properties.”

7:34 PM: Much of the same. If there is any cognitive-enhancement, it is simply because I can feel a small amount of a psychedelic in my body and thus I am more alert. But there are no real psychedelic effects at this level. All I feel is just the warm feeling in the chest, and perhaps now some mild stimulation. But not like d,l-amphetamine stimulation. I have no desire to work, or do anything productive. I just feel a little “uppity” as if I’ve had too much coffee.

8:07 PM: Again, much of the same. A nice warm body-buzz, but none of the cognitive-enhancement said to be the hallmark of lower 2C-D dosages. But there is also some slight stimulation now and a tiny bit of nausea. But it is more annoying that anything. And the stimulation is not like d,l-amphetamine produces. I do not feel productive or have any desire to work. It just feels like the comedown of a psychedelic. I am hoping pot helps this. This experiment “finished” and I shall smoke some cannabis to relax.

8:15 PM: Just took a balloon of nitrous oxide and the experience was short, but very intense. I know the 2C-D enhanced the effects of the gas, however as the nitrous wore off I did not notice anymore residual effects from the 2C-D. The cannabis did not increase any effects either. Five-milligrams of 2C-D is definitely a sub-threshold psychedelic dosage, but I bet it would increase the effects and add a little “flavor” at this level if mixed with another psychedelic.

9:00 PM: I don’t really feel anything left at all anymore, and I am going to go out and visit with friends.


The main reason I did this experiment was that I want to conduct a study testing 2C-D against a few other molecules in a controlled environment to see if 2C-D shows any unique cognitive-enhancing properties. I felt that I needed to know what a “smart drug” level was like personally to conduct this study. I also needed to experience this molecule at the five-milligram level because I must now find the equipotent dosages of the other psychedelic phenethylamines I plan to use in my experiment for verifying if 2C-D does show cognitive-enhancing properties.

I personally did not find that 2C-D was a “smart-drug” at five-milligrams. But I also did not take any cognitive tests before and during the experiment to really see by scientifically acceptable standards. I simply went by what I felt. I think d,l-amphetamine is a much better tool for concentration because it actually works for me at a five-milligram dosage in keeping me focused, and there is no nausea from d,l-amphetamine. Maybe the “smart drug” properties are different in nature than what d,l-amphetamine does, but I felt nothing either way that could qualify as cognitive-enhancement

I also feel if I had increased the dosage of 2C-D to ten-milligrams, psychedelic effects would begin. And smaller dosages would probably have less “smart drug” properties (if any) than what I took. So, I am not personally comfortable with calling 2C-D a “smart-drug,” but I will wait and see what the results are when I test it with other people.

Exp Year: 2004ExpID: 34397
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: Not Given
Published: Jun 15, 2004Views: 20,835
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