Citation: Whatever. "Enjoyed the Lower the Dose: An Experience with Amphetamines (Adderall) (exp70139)". Erowid.org. Feb 12, 2020. erowid.org/exp/70139
In high school I had four or five experiences with Adderall, the 30mg extended release variety, and had no desire to try it again two years later. The experience had been a polarized psychosis, with six hours of brilliant bliss and six of unbearable anguish, topped by a numbed inability to sleep. But after a friend I was visiting had given me three 10mg tabs out of 'hospitality,' I started mulling over the prospect of trying it again, but lowering the dose.
So I asked my other friend back home if he'd be interested in splitting what I had, and he agreed, so the next day we ate our 15mg doses just before lunch.
This friend is about 20 pounds heavier than me and had not taken any amphetamines before. He has extensive experience with marijuana and alcohol. I myself have sampled every type of substance, though I have used mostly psychedelics.
In any case, the onset was quick; I found myself feeling the artificial competence and benevolence characteristic of past experiences. I worried that the low dose would make no difference and that I would merely 'tweak' again, and that I was in for a painful depression later on. These thoughts faded under the glaze of amphetamine, though, and sitting around at lunch became an unprecedented conversational experience.
It was as though every facet of the world was worth learning about: a person would mention a topic, and we would expound our insight upon it and bemoan our ignorance. My friend and I made grandiose plans for the future and others joined in. We went to class and sat riveted, enthralled by sheer information that slaked our thirst for knowledge. About three hours in, I was feeling the speed begin to wear down, and I went on a run. By the time I was dropped off at my house, on break from college, I was essentially baseline, with only the slightest lingering negative effects: I felt slightly anxious, and became fixated on the notion that any given concept simplifies the complexity beneath. I kept reading the headline 'Obama shifts focus of campaign' and musing 'how do they know he 'shifted focus?' Can we say things like that? What are they glazing over?' This idea got transferred to countless things, but it was definitely not a 'crash' in the psychotic sense. I was able to sleep quite well that night.
My friend had a similar experience of effects, though his lasted longer and he had trouble sleeping. He did not report any depressive symptoms or otherwise negative effects, merely insomnia.
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