Citation: Michael. "A First Timer's Low Dose: An Experience with Hydrocodone (exp80481)". Erowid.org. Jan 31, 2018. erowid.org/exp/80481
(Please excuse the extended introduction. This is my first report and I feel as though it is necessary.)
I will start with some background information. I am 16 years old and, prior to this experience, I had never taken any drug recreationally. I consider myself to be intelligent and creative, and I receive high marks in school.
I used to hold strong anti-drug opinions. I was one of those people who saw drug use as one of the worst things in the world, but my opinion on this topic changed. During my sophomore year of high school, I took a health class that included a unit on drugs. The class was clearly anti-drug, as a school taught class is expected to be, but, when it came time for the final project for the unit, I was short on information thanks to the idiot of a teacher who taught the class. So, I embarked on my own research.
I had a very interesting reaction my research. Even though I was doing my research on the websites that were provided by the school, an uncontrollable curiosity was sparked within me. However, I set it aside for the time being and completed my project. With it complete, though, I was free to dive into more and more drug related research. My curiosity turned into fascination, my fascination turned into open mindedness, and my open mindedness turned into a desire to have a psychoactive experience.
My curiosity turned into fascination, my fascination turned into open mindedness, and my open mindedness turned into a desire to have a psychoactive experience.
I began searching my home for drugs with psychoactive properties whenever I was alone. When I found something that was unfamiliar to me or was labeled with 'May Cause Drowsiness', I would look it up. Unfortunately, I was hardly able to find anything other than Benadryl, which did not appeal to me because of the freaky experiences I had read about, and small containers of cough syrup and the like that I feared would be missed by my parents if I took any. After several weeks of this, however, I made the discovery I had been waiting for.
The previous year, I had undergone an operation, and the doctor had prescribed my some painkillers. At the time that I had needed them, I had just taken them and thought nothing of it, but when I came across them during my search, they captivated me.
I learned that they were 5mg hydrocodone (500)mg acetaminophen tablets (I am not entirely sure of what the acetaminophen content was), and that they could most definitely produce psychoactive effects. From then on, my research had an emphasis on hydrocodone. Its specific effects appealed to me and I decided that as long as I used a small to moderate dose I would be able to avoid the nausea and other unpleasantness that the drug can produce. Only two things worried me. First, there was the addictive properties of the drug. I knew that it was an opioid like heroin, and the fact that it was related to the substance that had killed or contributed to the deaths of many of my favorite musicians and comedians disturbed me slightly. However, I determined that I would never take it more than one day in a row and that, by keeping my administration dates sufficiently separated, I would develop no tolerance and be able to keep my doses low. My second worry kept me from going through with the experience for much longer. I was extremely paranoid about my parents finding out that I was 'on drugs'. Eventually, though, I managed to work past this.
First, I tried to insufflate the drug. I crushed a couple pills up and made some lines on my bathroom counter. Before I could even get halfway through the first line, I started coughing and sneezing. This effectively ended my first attempt at using hydrocodone.
A few weeks later I decided to employ another technique. I had read about getting rid of the acetaminophen through the process of cold water extraction. I waited until I was home alone and then I began. Somewhere along the way, though, something went wrong and I ended up having to dump three more pills.
Having failed miserably with my first two attempts, I was thinking that maybe I should just forget about the whole thing. A week later, though, I snagged two pills and hid them in my room for storage and decided to wait until the time was right to use them.
Some time later, I decided that the time was right, and I decided that I would record the experience for my own benefit and to post online, because in the course of my research on hydrocodone, I was unable to find a well documented, low dosage, first time report.
At the time of my experience, all that I had in my stomach was some yogurt and water. I was alone in my room at nighttime with the rest of my family in the house. Prior to the administration of the hydrocodone, my mood was neither happy nor sad but I was not emotionless either. I suppose the main feelings I had were those of excitement and nervousness for what I was about to do.
10:55 - I swallowed both pills.
11:10 - I began reading my book. I was close to the end and hoped to finish it before the pills kicked in.
11:20 - I felt a slight feeling of unbalance when I walked.
11:35 - I finished my book. The feeling I had earlier when I walked is gone now. I might have imagined it. I turned on some music.
11:40 - I turned the music off and grabbed a Calvin and Hobbes book to read. It seemed really funny, but, then again, it always is.
11:50 - My muscles were quite relaxed. I decided to experiment with mental relaxation. I closed my eyes and was able to will myself to become extremely calm. I thought about a relationship that I am in that I was worrying about for the past few days but I felt as though it would be all right. There's nothing for me to worry about.
12:00 - I am feeling more giggly when reading Calvin and Hobbes. I am also starting to feel drowsy.
12:08 - I am done with Calvin and Hobbes now. I put on some music and turned my lamp off so that I could enjoy my lava lamp with the music. The music was very enjoyable and I felt great. During this time, I would occasionally felt electric like surges shoot through my body. They felt funny and made me laugh more. Also, less frequently than the electric surges, I would imagine whispers. Luckily, they weren't the freaky kind, but they made me laugh instead.
12:25 - I turned the music off.
12:20 - I got up to go to the bathroom. I had no problems walking or urinating. I noticed in the mirror that my pupils were very constricted, but this may have just been from going from my dark room to turning the bathroom light on.
I am not feeling any sort of comedown at this point, but I am pretty tired so I go to bed.
10:50 (next morning) - I woke up the next morning feeling very tired and unwilling to get out of bed. I do not feel any hangover-like symptoms. My tiredness if most likely just a result of me sleeping until 10:50.
7:00 (next evening) - At this time I started experiencing a mild headache and some strange neck cramps. They were not severe at all and they were completely bearable, and I am not sure if these were related to my previous night's experience or not, but I feel as though I should record them anyway.
For my first use of a drug recreationally, my hydrocodone experience was pretty good. It was not too overwhelming for a first timer, in fact it was very manageable. However, I felt as though a higher dose could have been taken. Using the Shulgin Rating Scale I would rate my experience somewhere between a Plus/Minus and a Plus One.
While it was far from a life changing experience, my mood the whole next day was one of happiness.
I would definitely like to try hydrocodone again sometime.
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