Citation: LiminalMugwump. "Hoffman Meets Shulgin: An Experience with LSD & 2C-B (exp110029)". Erowid.org. Oct 3, 2017. erowid.org/exp/110029
[September 2021 Note: This report was originally published under the name Kallisti23, a name used previously by the author LiminalMugwump.]
Laying the foundation:
9.23: It's a grey and cloudy morning and I decide to take one tab of LSD, that although advertised as 160ug my subjective experiences with them lead me to believe them to be more like 90 – 100ug of very nice clean LSD (Let debates on dirty vs clean LSD ensue). I plan on taking some 2CB a couple of hours in to add some more colour and visuals, and to also hopefully add an extra positive push to the trip. It's a combination I haven't tried before but have wanted to try for a while as I have heard good things about it and love both LSD and 2CB in their own right.
10.23: I can feel the acid start to come on very mild, the gentle electric current of LSD is starting to flow through my body and my vision is getting sharper. I decide to sit down and meditate for a bit to try and move the energy around my body to the vital points.
12.26: I ended up going downstairs for a bit because there was someone down there who was working a late shift today. The TV was on and I watched a little, I can speak and socialize naturally without to much hassle or arousing any suspicion as to my slowly expanding consciousness. The acid has settled into a nice mild trip, a ++. Watching an anchor speak on CNN her face seemed to take on a serpentine alien form.
The person just left so I decide that now is a probably a good time to take the 2CB.
12.40: I weigh up and take 15mg 2cb and I also smoke a pipe of hash.
13.15: I go out the back garden to smoke a joint. Outside it's a chilly winters day, and an ocean of cloud rolls across the sky like a blank sheet - the clouding of ordinary consciousness with the intent of creating a blank sheet on which a new script can be written is a good metaphor for the trip.
13.30: Lying down on the floor with my eyes closed listening to Ravi Shankar I can feel the warm gentle bliss of Eve wash over me, enveloping me in a subtle psychedelic comfort.
The meeting of Hoffman and Shulgin:
LSD and 2CB mix very well together, the two allies flow into each other effortlessly and synchronise into a nice tranquil hedonistic symbiosis. There's no opposing forces at work here, they seem like natural allies.
13.50: I find myself in the kitchen eating plum tomatoes and strawberries, both which taste exceptionally good. I wonder if this is a subconscious pull of the popular psychedelic myth that vitamin C somehow adds something to a trip? I often find myself drawn to any fruit rich in vitamin C when on psychedelics, but apart from tasting damn good I can't say whether it has brought about any change to the flavour of the trip.
It is worth noting that I have been smoking pipes of hashish throughout. I find Cannabis to be the perfect accompaniment to any trip. It acts as a psychedelic glue that ties the whole experience together.
15.43: I've spent the past couple of hours in a very psychedelicised state. At various times I invoked and/or identified with particular deity's or mythic figures, there was a strong theme of the dual masculine / feminine force inherent in all humans.
At one point I was Adam standing naked in the garden, the 8-pointed star pendant of hermes that hung around my neck representing the evolution humans must undergo through the 8 levels of consciousness throughout their existence – maybe the purpose of terrestrial life in preparation for the next cycle?
I also ran myself a nice hot bath with some aroma therapy oils and lay there soaking feeling the emotional and physical toxins get drawn out of my body and into the water around me. I became one, floating in an ocean of universal consciousness. During my time in the bath I went through various psychological states, at times feeling filled with great power and strength, at other times hints of the darker and vulnerable parts of my subconscious showed themselves.
The visual aspect to the last portion of the trip has been very electric and neon, a characteristic I've come to realise that I find less appealing than the more organic flowing visual character of a mushroom trip, or even LSD on it's own for that matter. I would guess that's a result of a phenethylamine thrown into the mix.
20.08: I decided to take 5mg diazepam around 17.20 as I knew people would be returning home soon and I was still flying rather high. I certainly mellowed out the trip and took any edge off to the extent that I could talk and interact relatively effortlessly, but it by no means made me come down, part of the trip still remained leaving me feeling more open and sensitive to whom I spoke with. I found myself striving to understand the emotional root that underlay what was being said.
I found myself striving to understand the emotional root that underlay what was being said.
Even at this point now I still feel the subtle expanded flow of the residual LSD flowing through my consciousness.
The 2CB brought the trip up from a mild ++ to a mild +++, which was a bit under what I was shooting for. If I where to do it again I think I'd up the LSD dose but leave the 2CB dose the same. The 2CB dominated the trip adding a nice positive push, with the LSD laying down a nice deep psychedelic foundation that 2CB on its own lacks.
I think this combination in the dose I took today would be great for a social trip with a few close friends, or maybe even at a festival as due to the fun energetic qualities of both substances and the empathogenic aspect of 2CB. Although I did gain some valuable insight, and at times did get pretty far out, for entheogenic purposes I think a stronger dose of LSD on its own might have been more effective than this combination.
All in all though it is a good combination and one I would definitely try again.
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