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A Standard but Flawed Hypnotic
by Zyme
Citation:   Zyme. "A Standard but Flawed Hypnotic: An Experience with Methaqualone (exp111581)". Feb 26, 2018.

  oral Benzodiazepines (daily)
  5 capsls oral Methaqualone  
[Erowid Note: The dose described in this report is very high, potentially beyond Erowid's 'heavy' range, and could pose serious health risks or result in unwanted, extreme effects. Sometimes extremely high doses reported are errors rather than actual doses used.]
Test subjects specifications: 85kg, 177cm, 26 year old Caucasian male.
Experiment conditions: in bed not active, watching movie, full stomach.

Experience: 2/2/2018 10.30pm
After consuming a sandwich and several non alcoholic drinks the subject (x) was administered 5 prepared capsules of bliss (Methaqualone HCl). The dose calculated as 2.5 grams, the preparation was likely not pure, with a slate gray appearance with a hue of green, the only analysis performed was a melting point (m.p 255-260 degrees Celsius) and crude recrystallisation from ethanol.

X has already developed a tolerance to sedatives including daily consumption of clonazepam, bromazepam and/or zopiclone with an average daily diazepam equivalence of 10-20mg of Valium (diazepam). Previous experiments with bliss using 300mg and 1000mg were uneventful and resulted in only transient sedation and sleep.

This higher dose was tested with no other substance.
30 minutes after taking the capsules a typical extreme fatigue developed gradually. After 45 minutes x was too tired to continue watching the movie. The only notable difference from benzodiazepines and barbiturates was a noticeable and oddly pleasant tingling especially in the the hands, accompanied by a less prominent bodily paresthesia.

X considered recounting the experience as it happened but was too tired too write and fell asleep. Waking at 12.30pm the next day after approx 13 hours of unconsciousness.

Upon waking there is a definite cognitive deficit, and extreme ataxia and lack of coordination.
Upon waking there is a definite cognitive deficit, and extreme ataxia and lack of coordination.
Basic tasks are difficult. Writing this script requires and extreme exertion to perform; requiring many spelling and grammar corrections, and rewordings.

The impairment is very noticeable when one walks about, often bumping into objects and unable to walk in a straight line.

X considers Methaqualone to be a standard but flawed sedative hypnotic defined by its relative low potency, little to no euphoria experienced coupled with inordinate next day cognitive deficits and prominent ataxia and lack of coordination.

Methaqualone has certainly been glamorised in various media and public forums. The fact that it is banned makes obtaining and consuming it even more appealing. However the effects are similar to alcohol and it offers little more than what the standard selection of benzodiazepines offer.

If one is already a seasoned sedative hypnotic user it is a suggested that a mini 2-4 week detox be undertaken before sampling Methaqualone. The dose and effects are highly variable, the normal prescribed dose in the 1970s was in the range of 300mg. This should be enough to make a person drowsy and promote sleep. Beyond that the effects are highly variable and dependent on the quality of the powder the persons weight, tolerance to sedatives and if they have eaten recently.

Beware of the insidious amnesiac and ataxic properties this substance has. At higher doses I may still be awake an active but not remember the next day what I have done.

-peace and harm reduction

Exp Year: 2018ExpID: 111581
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 26
Published: Feb 26, 2018Views: 11,294
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