Citation: Big Chief. "An Unexpected Synthesis: An Experience with Methylphenidate & Piracetam (exp83826)". Erowid.org. Nov 12, 2020. erowid.org/exp/83826
**21 year old male, some previous experience with cannabis, LSD, mushrooms, and MDMA, though very little drug use in the past year. Prescribed Ritalin for ADD, but donít take it daily.
I should begin by explaining that this experience came at a rather strange juncture in my life. Just the day before, I had broken up with a long term girlfriend, and the night before that, I had participated in an unusual celebration. Some close friends and I have formed a sort of anarcho-pantheist discussion circle we affectionately refer to as the Philosophersí Club. A year ago, the philosophersí club invented a ritual that takes place on groundhog day (more accurately, the pagan Imbolc festival from which it was derived). This ritual is based around symbols of death and rebirth, life transitions, and confronting oneís shadow. After chanting, dancing, and invoking spirits, we culminate with a polar bear plunge into hole cut in a frozen lake. As someone with some experience in psychedelic drugs, I can say that a well executed ecstatic ritual can be remarkably trip-like in its psychological effect. The soul-opening and self-confrontation that followed must be partially responsible for the inevitable break up that occurred the following morning.
I tell you this story so that youíll have a sense of my mental and emotional state the following Monday when I had to get back to the daily grind of school and work. I was tired, having slept poorly. I was understandably somewhat depressed, but at the same time energized by the ritual and excited by the potential for growth that was before me. A friend had left a large jar of powder piracetam at my house. Having read that it enhances memory and focus, I decided to take some in preparation for a French exam that morning. I scooped about 1500mg (too much I would later learn) into a glass of orange juice and drank it along with my regular 10mg methylphenidate pill. What I was completely unprepared for was how profoundly piracetam can potentiate other drugs. Within an hour, I felt a rush of energy and confidence unlike anything Iíve experienced outside of MDMA.
I have never felt any particular euphoria from Ritalin before, but in combination with the piracetam, I felt like some unstoppable force of nature. I finished my test in record time, convinced that I had aced it. When I left the building, I noticed that colors seemed brighter. The air seemed to crackle with a sort of living energy. I felt glad to be alive, with a sense that all the possibilities in the world were open to me, that I could do no wrong. I was unaware at this point that my mental state had been caused by an accidental drug combination. Apparently forgetting that I had taken an attack dose of piracetam with a euphoric stimulant, I was convinced momentarily that following the Imbolc ritual, I was hurtling in to some kind of manic episode (I do not have any form of bipolar to the best of my knowledge, but I have experienced some depression. Perhaps the pole was finally shifting, I thought.)
In my next class we watched an Indian film called ďWater.Ē I was quite literally moved to tears. All of the scenes in the movie took on an almost psychedelic intensity. This is most likely due to the fact that Deepa Mehta is a fantastic director, but again, I was convinced that I was experiencing it on some deeper, more aware level. When the movie was over, I had to control my urge to babble its praises, finding that my speech was rapid and forced. Again, when I left the building, I was shocked by the beauty of the world around me. The campus seemed to glow in the sun, and I felt a sense of incredible love for all the strangers I saw swarming about on their way to class. I had to cross a bridge on the way to my next class, and I became excited that the physical act of crossing a bridge was mirroring the emotional crossroad I felt I was at. I tromped across the bridge with a big dumb grin on my face, imagining that, as in the ritual days before, I was acting out powerful symbols of personal growth.
Suddenly it dawned on me that, in addition to the incredible energy and euphoria I felt, I was also quite anxious and confused. My god, I thought, what if I really am manic? This is no blessing! Iím going completely insane! Why it had yet to occur to me that drugs might be to blame, Iím still unsure. For the next hour or so, I swung back and forth between a beautiful feeling of freedom and power and fear of what I might do in such a state. It was only after I got back to my home that I realized my energy and mood could easily be explained by the drug mixture I took that morning. It was now about 6 hours since I had took the Ritalin, and I still felt quite stimulated even though methylphenidate usually only lasts about 5. Still, I found that I was perfectly capable of eating, which I usually canít do well when on stimulants. Once I realized that I was simply high, not crazy, I calmed down a lot, but I still felt elevated for another hour or two
Once I realized that I was simply high, not crazy, I calmed down a lot, but I still felt elevated for another hour or two
, much longer than Iíve ever experienced with Ritalin alone. There was a sudden, unpleasant crash at 8 hours that brought on intense drowsiness, confusion, and a headache. I was running on only 3 hours of sleep, though, so I was bound to hit a wall sooner or later.
Since that day, I have tried the combination a few more times. Inevitably, the Ritalin is dramatically potentiated, with more apparent euphoric effects than it has by itself. It has never had quite the same magic as it had the first time, probably because the awe and mystery have been explained and the preceding circumstances have never been quite as extraordinary. Interestingly, though piracetam greatly improves ritalinís benefits to focus and alertness, the unpleasant stimulant side effects like tension and paranoia are only minimally affected. Piracetam seems to not only intensify, but also improve even a low dose like I took. 1500mg is probably overkill as a study aid, but has great recreational potential. That said, read about the damn drug first before ignorantly taking a mother lode like me!
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