Citation: Elvira. "Surprise Result: An Experience with Caffeine (exp114171)". Erowid.org. Mar 23, 2020. erowid.org/exp/114171
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Back in 2014 I was a freshman in Law school and took classes at night. I used to feel so sleepy during class and was unable to concentrate due to my sleepiness. So I decided to take a caffeine pill to see if it could help keep me alert and focused. The pill contained 100mg of caffeine.
My class started at 7 p.m.; I can’t remember exactly, but I think I took the pill by the time I got there, around 7, and then went to class. About half an hour later, I started to feel its effects. I began to feel uncomfortably restless, agitated and anxious. I couldn’t sit still, my legs were swinging, I kept moving my arms, squeezing my fingers, until it got unbearable, then I had to leave. I was feeling rather sick already.
College was far from home, so I had to stay there. I was so restless that I didn’t know what to do, I couldn’t sit down, it was like I had some kind of excessive energy, but it in a really bad way. So I went for a walk. The city center was empty, all stores closed, almost no one on the streets, which helped create a dark atmosphere, that added to my increasingly bad state of mind.
My mental agitation just kept increasing. I felt like I was kind of crazy, I couldn’t think straight. It was like my mind was a blender and my thoughts were all there being mixed and shattered.
After walking for about five minutes, I started having crazy mood swings. I would feel ‘happy’ and in literally a minute, feel sad and desperate. This kept going on for a while. Then came the hallucinations. As unbelievable as it sounds, I had a psychotic break on 100mg of caffeine.
I kept walking. All of the time I would feel as if the dark of night was going to swallow me. A few steps ahead, I saw a group of people, a bit far from me, and even though I wasn’t close enough to see the details in their faces, it looked to me like they all had shark teeth and were some sort of monster, and they would come and get me. So I went to another street not to pass them by. Luckily most streets were empty, cause I couldn’t stand the sight of people. They all looked like scary monsters.
I couldn’t stand the sight of people. They all looked like scary monsters.
I had a few more hallucinations, like a picture of a boy on a showcase that looked like he was running after me to scare me, and heard chains being dragged. I couldn’t tell if that noise was real or not, but concluded that it could only be an illusion since no one would be dragging chains there.
I guess at about 9 p.m. the madness was over. But I remember getting home at 11 p.m., still feeling weird as hell, like my body was heavy and I was not ok. I could never have imagined that to happen, it was so freaking strange and unexpected. Proof that even an ‘innocent’ substance at a normal dose can f**k you up.
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