Citation: anonymous. "Helpful for Me: An Experience with 1-4-Butanediol (exp99892)". Erowid.org. Feb 10, 2017. erowid.org/exp/99892
I bought several gallons of 1,4-butanediol just before users came under attack from the government and put them away in my closet, to use as a medicine. I mix up just a little at a time and use probably 2 to 3 teaspoons a month. Or even none at all.
The first time I tried it, I used a dose suggested by people at the time: 1 Tablespoon. (In the late 90's). I thought I was going to die. I couldn't force myself to breathe. I was fortunately on the phone with a friend at the time and she talked me through it, keeping me awake and breathing.
That was serious stuff: I used to be a hard-core drug user (many moons ago) and am no baby when it comes to OD'ing--but this stuff can be deadly. I went down to 1 teaspoon for bedtime, and that was perfect.
In the beginning, I sipped teeny tiny amounts of it throughout the day to keep employed: I have a serious chronic illness and the stuff was allowing me to push through pain and fatigue.
I have a serious chronic illness and the stuff was allowing me to push through pain and fatigue.
I no longer do that, as I lost my ability to work and don't need to push anymore. These days I just take care of myself.
So now I only use it on those rare occasions when I desperately need sleep and am unable to get it due to insomnia--because without sleep, my condition gets worse really fast.
I take 1 tsp. of solution. Within five minutes, all my pain disappears. I fall asleep within a minute after that and stay asleep most of the night. The next day I feel a little tired--but that could be from not being able to sleep or it could be from 1,4-butanediol. Who knows?
I haven't experienced any cravings or abuse or liver failure or anything else like that. I would just as soon not use it, but when I need it, it's there for me. Like magic.
It's important to take only the bare minimum that I need for sleep, and it's important to hydrate well.
There's no way I would ever use this stuff to get 'high.' It's way too dangerous at those levels. You know what they say: even water can kill you.
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