Citation: AuralChaos. "All the Hangover without Any Buzz?: An Experience with Yohimbe, Kava, Ginkgo biloba, & Tobacco (exp8037)". Erowid.org. Apr 22, 2004. erowid.org/exp/8037
So I had heard somewhere that yohimbe was a mild stimulant and it would make one feel kind of warm and fuzzy. I went down to the herb store and bought gingko biloba leaf, yohimbe bark, and kava kava root. I had had kava kava before and it always was a pleasent warm sedated feeling. So I put a half a cup of each herb (more like 2/3 cup of gingko) into my roommate's french press coffee maker. I poured in the boiling hot water, and stirred the mixture, and let it sit for about 2 hours......I was waiting for my roommate to come home.
At about 9:30pm tuesday night I decided with the sun going down I should have a glass of tea. The french press has about 4 glasses of tea in it. I take one with some sugar. I proceeded to drink this while playing my acoustic guitar and watching the sunset. The glass of tea gave me the chills then warm like a strong shot of bitter alcohol will do. I wasn't looking to get fucked up, I just wanted to get a little altered, take a walk down to the park and then come back home and maybe DJ some crazed mixes together. About 10:00pm I start feeling a little hazy and out of it yet able to think clearly. About 10:30 it got more intense. I had also heard that yohimbe is a mild halucinogenic, so I decide it's time to take my walk.
I headed for the park, and after about 5 blocks I started hiccupping. I couldn't stop hiccupping until I got to the park. By the time I got to the park my side hurt a lot (because of the hiccupping), and when I sat down everything went back to normal.
The 'high' if you would call it that had pretty much dissappeared, and the hiccupps had stopped. Glad to be rid of the hiccups I smoked a ciggarette and hung out by the river that went through the park. I seemed to be more aware of the body of water as a whole, like I could see all the ripples and movements of it all at once.
I then went and layed down on the dock. I sort of fell into a light dream state for 20 to 30 minutes but about the same as daydreaming or meditation. I decided to go back home and try out the creative aspect. I started to walk back and after about 5 blocks the hiccupps came back. Lame. So now I have to go through this again. I get back home and the hiccupps go away after I have a cup of hot cocoa and a ciggarette. I have a kind of headache starting and I feel slightly dazed but out of it enough to not want to do anything but read stuff off of the 'net.
My roommate comes home and she drinks a glass of the tea, and goes to do something in her room. I rolled a joint from blended yohimbe bark and tobacco, and even though it was non filtered and crappy tobacco it went down smooth and felt good. I was now in a pretty normal state and it seemed that joint of yohimbe did nothing. So it's 2am and I decide to go to sleep.
Little did I know how hard that would be. 9:30am rolls around....... my eyes hurt because they are really dried out, and I feel like I have been awake forever. I had random erections that hurt, and my body seemed like it was going through some sort of withdrawls. Shortly after 9:30 I slept until 2pm both me and my roommate have SEVERE hangovers. I feel like I drank rocket fuel last night and did a whole bunch of speed. It is now 2am thursday morning I slept from 6:30pm wednesday to 1am thursday. I still have a massive headache. I have drank tomatoe juice and water like mad along with eating food and fruits in particular. I think I did way too much and the effects canceled out or the kava neutralized the yohimbe or something because I didn't seem to feel much that night, and even the gingko didn't seem to be working. I will try yohimbe at a lower dose and by itself to see what it does to me, and I'll write in the details soon.
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