Citation: Pseudo. "A Tale of Two Trips: An Experience with Dihydrocodeine (exp87361)". Erowid.org. Sep 25, 2021. erowid.org/exp/87361
Despite previous use of codeine I had not acquired any great tolerance of opioids. Codeine is usually combined with other medications here, so the amount I could take was limited.
A friend gave me a strip of dihydrocodeine 30mg so I was pleased to be able to experiment with it a bit more.
My first dose was 90mg. Effects started at about an hour to an hour and thirty minutes, and maximised around the two hour mark. Initially I just felt a bit sleepy and spaced out, and then this became a sensation of general relaxation combined with good feelings towards everyone. All my problems seemed minimised. Nothing really mattered. This lasted for another couple of hours and then began to fade. No real hangover effect the next day. It was amazing, a real relief from the day to day stress.
Several days later I thought I would try a higher dose. I took four of the tablets (120mg), and about three-quarters of an hour later was disappointed to be noticing almost no effects at all. I took one more, making it up to 150mg. Half an hour later I started to feel very odd. I was feeling sleepy like the last time, but there was no relaxation.
I was feeling sleepy like the last time, but there was no relaxation.
This time it was more like someone was pushing me down hard in the center of my chest. I could get up and move and do things, but everything was an effort.
I began to feel agitated and frightened. Where was the release like last time? I calmed down after about another hour, but there was no real peak like before. I just felt wasted, but too tense to enjoy it. I was struggling to stay awake.
There also seemed to be more of a hangover than previously. The next day I felt sluggish and avoided driving because I didn't think I'd be safe, an effect which seemed to persist to an extent to the next day as well.
I don't know why I had two such different experiences from the same drug taken in the same week. In both cases I was alone at home with quiet music playing so the setting wasn't different Could I have developed a degree of tolerance so quickly?
The positive experience was so good that I intend to leave it alone for a while and try 90mg again in a few weeks or months. It will probably be good for me to be prevented from using it too frequently. I can see how people get addicted to opioids very easily.
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