Citation: Andrew. "Third Person Hallucinations: An Experience with Zolpidem (exp81041)". Erowid.org. May 27, 2020. erowid.org/exp/81041
Well first let me off by saying I am a fairly experienced user of all different kinds of substances, including but not limited to: DXM, Marijuana, Amphetamines, Opiates, Hypnotics, Benzo’s, Barbiturates, Alcohol, Various SSRI’s, Etc. Ambien first caught my interest when I tried it for some short- term insomnia problems which I was experiencing early this year. I first took it as recommended at the usual dosage of 10mg and noticed 25 mins later that this had some serious recreational potential. So in turn I went online and read some experience reports alongside doing some of my own research on the side, I realized this could be a great way to achieve lucidity and at least have some sort of interesting experiences with. So I got a hold of a prescription of Ambien Generic (Zolpidem 10mg tabs.)
The experience I am writing about ahead occurred on a calm- minded night, with good set and setting, an empty stomach, and some time to kill.
SET: My girlfriends house.
MINDSET: Calm and looking forward to have a good experience with this drug.
TIME: 22.00 hours.
STOMACH CONTENTS: 4 hours after last meal to insure full potency of the substance.
DOSE: 3.5 (35 mg total) 10mg tabs initially, adding 1.5 10mg (15mg total) tabs one hour later.
T-00.01. I pop three and one half 10mg tabs in search of a good effect but nothing to overwhelming. I had used this substance a substantial amount earlier but I had stopped and at this point having no tolerance I believed 35mg would do the trick for a good trip.
T-00.15. I start to notice the effects come on, I am surprised what a difference a completely empty stomach makes on the efficacy of this substance and time it takes to reach peak plasma concentrations. Four hours after my last meal seems to be the prime time to take this substance.
The effects come on quickly yet gradually at a sustained rate, very similar to Alcohol. The initial effects include slight perceptual changes, colors sharpen, peripheral vision is almost completely shot, heavy body sensation, a boost in energy (ironically), mental cloudiness, and obviously a feeling of calm and tranquility.
T-00.30. Fifteen minutes later after I initially start feeling effects, I am sitting in front of my computer gathering my belongings to take to work the next morning. I start fiddling with my wallet, keys, clothes, and backpack trying to organize everything perfectly so that I can just wake up put my stuff on and go out the door.
At this point in time the effects are at their peak levels and as I am fiddling with gathering my belongings I enter an almost (very hard to describe) Lucid- Dream State, yet I am completely conscious and awake. Everything I do’ movements, thoughts, sensations, all seem slowed and tedious. The greatest feeling I get at this moment in time is what I cannot distinguish between reality or actual hallucination. I start thinking thoughts, and all of the thoughts that I think are perceived as being said. Almost like, “oh its almost midnight” but that thought is perceived by my senses as if it was spoken, almost as if someone else was speaking to me my own very thoughts. This was the most notorious if not strongest perceived effect in terms of perception on this substance.
I seem to feel as if I am having a very small personal tea party in between my thoughts, my wallet, keys, clothing, ipod, and myself as a shell.
I am having a very small personal tea party in between my thoughts, my wallet, keys, clothing, ipod, and myself as a shell.
These inanimate objects seem to be talking to me, but this perception is only my own thoughts talking to me. As if I was watching a T.V on mute and plugging the words the actors spoke in my mind. It was almost like I was bonding with my belongings only I now realize it was my own thoughts with which I was bonding. The experience overall was very bizarre, and I have quite a bit of amnesia trying to remember the experience.
T-01.00. One hour later I decide to swallow another pill and a half totaling 15mg’s. The effects I was previously feeling are slowly tapering off into non-existence. At this point in time I am being accused by my girlfriend of over-dosing on Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) as I used to do, and being off better telling her it was a sleeping pill that is exactly what I do.
T-01.45. Forty Five minutes after taking the extra 15mg’s I start to feel very tired and I have a certain pronounced nausea which I feel can only be eliminated by falling asleep. At this point in time I am watching something on T.V. which I do not recall entirely at this moment, but having no interest or real attention span towards what was playing.
T-02.00 Two hours after both dosages and a whole hell of a lot of tired later, I am forced to put my head on a soft pillow and dismember my body from the waking state.
Overall, this experience was very similar yet very different from my previous encounters with the substance or any hypnotic- sedative type substance. I could have sworn I had hallucinations, but I still will never be able to get that time back (due to amnesia) an remember exactly whether or not I was actually having full blown conversations with my personal belongings or whether it was simply a perception of the conversations I was having with myself in my own mind. The experience was very calm, very very dreamlike, lucid- like, extremely intoxicating, and the next morning I woke up feeling very refreshed after 9 hours of solid sleep having very strange dreams in the latter part of the morning.
I would recommend this substance to any serious psychonaut for experimentation as it is a very bizarre, and in my opinion enjoyable substance.
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