Citation: B. "Panic, Insomnia, and an Erection: An Experience with Yohimbe (exp62521)". Erowid.org. Jul 25, 2019. erowid.org/exp/62521
I am writing this report as a warning to others who are interested in trying yohimbe or yohimbine. First the positives: it is definitely not a placebo, and it definitely gave me a boner that lasted for hours. That being said...
I was a regular kratom user when I had this experience. My tolerance and dependence to kratom had made sex unpleasurable and difficult. My boyfriend was coming over to stay the night, and I thought I would make a lovely dinner, buy some moderately expensive wine, and then impress him with my yohimbe-induced “potency.”
The yohimbe came from a local herb store. I asked the clerk (who claims she had a knowledge of her wares) how much she recommended, and she referenced some outdated text about some native people somewhere making tea from several ounces of the bark. I was still nervous about this plant, so I thought I’d play it safe and use half an ounce. I simmered the shredded bark (reddish/brown in color) in 4 cups of water with a splash of lemon juice for about 10 minutes. I strained it, and drank only about one half of the liquid. It was so bitter that I was afraid that it might be more potent than I anticipated. I was right.
I immediately left the house to pick up my boyfriend (let’s call him Federico) from the transit station. The walk took about 20 minutes, and I had a cup of green tea while waiting for his train.
T+30: No noticeable effects as of yet. The walk home was going just fine. Chatting, enjoying the warm summer evening, excited for dinner etc.
T+50 minutes: We had just turned onto Telegraph Ave in Berkeley (a fitting place to have a drug freak-out I suppose) when the yohimbe kicked in with a vengeance. It was like a wave of panic and disorientation swept over me, and it was unlike anything I have ever felt. My heart felt like it was going to leap out of my chest, and on checking my pulse, discovered it was extremely elevated. I have never had a panic attack before, but knew that I was having one now. I was completely unaware of what Federico was saying to me (he did not notice my condition as I was also scared of admitting I had taken drugs) and I was almost compelled by my fear to ask him too call an ambulance. Thoughts raced through my head – “It’s only started to kick in…is it only going to get stronger? Is it reacting with the kratom in some unforeseen way? Oh God, I don’t want to pass out right here on the street and have a heart attack” etc. Through my panic I managed to cross the street, and finally make it home.
T+ 60 minutes: The intense panic had worn off, but I was in bad shape. I was detached, hot, extremely sweaty, and really fucking pissed off having done this to myself. I knew my fun-filled evening was ruined, and I decided to try my best to just survive the night. I finished dinner, though I had absolutely no appetite.
T+80 minutes: I took a shot of vodka to try and calm myself down. Alcohol was the only depressant I had on hand. I think it just made me sweatier and more uncomfortable.
The rest of the night was spent quite miserably for me. I imagine that it just seemed like I was anxious or in a bad mood, (which I was) but I was also hypertensive, agitated, scared, and angry. We went to bed maybe 4 hours after my ingestion of the yohimbe, but there was nothing sexual about it. I felt too rotten. Federico fell asleep, and I stayed awake. All night. I actually got a rock-hard erection, but it didn’t feel good in the least. It felt like my blood pressure was so damn high that I had no choice. That didn’t go away for at least three hours. Also, I didn’t get even a moment of sleep. Mind racing, heart pumping insomnia.
To sum up, I will NEVER use yohimbe or an extract thereof ever again for any purpose. I realize that I must have greatly underestimated the potency, but there was no part of that experience that was pleasurable or beneficial to my mental or physical state.
Oh, and I went back to that herb store and told the shop keeper about what happened to me, that she might give better advice to the next person.
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