Citation: smokering. "A Surprising Psychoactive: An Experience with Tobacco - Cigarettes (exp52690)". Erowid.org. Mar 1, 2021. erowid.org/exp/52690
I first tried tobacco in the company of my cousin, S*.
My dad has smoked cigars for years, and I never really had a desire to start. One day, in the car, my cousin offered me a cigarette (a Camel Turkish Royal), and I figured 'Ah, why the hell not?'
At the time I was completely sober - I had not taken so much as a multivitamin in a week. It was completely a spur of the moment experience, and I would recommend complete sobriety to anyone wanting to experience unadulterated nicotine.
After a couple of drags (chased down my windpipe with plenty of air, due to the harsh nature of the smoke) I noticed a very pleasurable effect. I felt cheery, mentally alert, and very mildly disoriented. The mental effects were similar to a good caffiene buzz - clear, rapid thinking. I only finished half of the cigarette: I had no desire to overload myself on nicotine this first time. The immediate effects wore off after a mere 4-7 minutes, just long enough to finish a song off of the CD player.
The comedown was a feeling of relaxation which washed over me at about the T+0:07 mark, right after the inital effects wore off. I felt very much relaxed, at peace, and still happy, even though the initial buzz had worn off completely. This relaxed phase lasted maybe an hour. Overall, a great experience.
After the relaxing effect wore off, however, I was immediately hit with a craving for another cigarette. Welcome to the world of withdrawl. Bewarned - tobacco is addictive. Nicotine is a powerful substance which is often underrated due to its legality, and it can give undesirable effects in the wrong circumstances (if you're drunk, stoned, or very tired)- it can make you feel sick. If combined with any other substance, the effect is unpredictable at best.
I am sad to report that within a week of my first cigarette, I was addicted. Addictions naturally form differently from person to person. I have now smoked for about a year, approximately 7 cigarettes a day.
At this point, I have begun to feel a negative effect on my health, ability to perform athletically, and (in extreme intake situations) sexual potency. That's right gentlemen, nicotine constricts blood vessels, and in high-intake situations can cause temporary limpness of important organs.
It is a potent drug which can definitely increase the pleasurable effects of moderate drinking or small to moderate amounts of marijuana. Alone it is a fascinating, enjoyable experience, but it should be handled with caution due to its addictive nature.
Enjoy safe and informed experimentation.
'Drugs are a bet with your mind' - Jim Morrison
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