Citation: COIN LOT. "Much More Positive Than Negative: An Experience with Products - Spice-Like Smoking Blends (exp115274)". Erowid.org. Mar 19, 2021. erowid.org/exp/115274
A Positive Review of Post 2018 Incense
Although I am unaware of which specific synthetic cannabinoid was sprayed on this blend of herbal "incense," this specific blend was called "Brutal." In an oversimplification, this name is quite fitting.
The first experience I had with this branded product was from a third person perspective. I watched a friend smoke slightly less than a packed metal one hitter's worth, and after a couple minutes they became unresponsive and started convulsing. This stopped and they became responsive rather quickly, after a few more minutes had passed. This put me off from wanting to personally ingest this blend for quite some time, but a year or two after that initial experience I decided to return to it. Now from personal experience, I started out dosing extremely small amounts of the blend, consisting of just 4 to 6 pieces of the broken up leaf material. This produced a very pleasant and potent high comparable to smoking cannabis, albeit at a much shorter duration, consisting of at most 45 minutes to an hour of what I would define as the consciously aware of its psychoactivity period. This was a very welcome and enjoyable experience due to a building tolerance to natural cannabinoids. Smoking weed hadn't been giving me that smack in the face high that it used to when I first started smoking cannabis as a teen, or like it does when I take a month + tolerance break.
Feeling quite comfortable with this experience, I felt like I wanted to ramp up the dosage to approximately twice as much. So naturally, I visually measured a dose to be twice as much as what I was used to. This was not what equated psychoactively. The effects rapidly increased, ramping up incrementally over the period of tens of seconds respectively, from being "really stoned" to "I'm starting to feel like this could be too much" to "I'm too high" and "will this ever stop?" But after my first experience with this mind state, I essentially told myself that mentally I am going to feel like I am dying, but not to worry because I wont. The next thought was "but what if I do die though?" And at that I basically had to accept the fact that if that were the case that theres no turning back now, and I'll have to accept it. Not how I wanted to go out per say, especially with the psychological backlash of a family having to be aware that I died of a synthetic cannabis overdose, but it is what it is. Once I realised that this feeling was inevitable and there wasnt anything I could do about it, that and the fact that after 5 to 10 minutes the high starts to decline, I became much more comfortable with how the high felt, and realised that I wasnt going to die.
After this initial experience, I would regularly test my limits with how to mentally accept this feeling. Whenever the experience starts to become overwhelming, I basically psychically and mentally "grab hold of the reins" by affirming that the experience will not continue to become more intense forever and changing my posture/body positioning (i.e. sitting or standing up) to feel in control of the high. After some experience with this general feeling, my anxiety about the high became nearly nonexistent at experienced doses
After some experience with this general feeling, my anxiety about the high became nearly nonexistent at experienced doses
, of up to roughly half of a metal one hitter's worth of plant material. This high actually became quite enjoyable after some experience, having psychedelic like visual distortions at the peak point. The most prominent of visual distortions would be that of "tracers" motion trailing, but unlike the motion trailing of psychedelics like LSD or tryptamines, these motion trails were at a much lower shutter speed, similar to Adobe After Effects' basic motion trailing effect versus its smooth version. Everything would leave a black and white flashing tracer in a much more visually jarring and clunky way than regular psychedelic tracers. An interesting effect was that of being able to see my arms moving via tracers behind a blanket, although my arms moving did not move the blanket physically.
Overall, I had much more positive experience than negative. My personal issue with these blends is due to their capitalistic nature to comply with or circumnavigate the law, to a lesser extent not knowing what cannabinoid you're getting, but to a greater extent having no idea how much to even dose to begin with due to the product not being sold for human consumption. The general idea would be to smoke a joint or bowl of it though, or smoke a one hitter if the product is purportedly strong. But strong is a grossly understated description for most of these post 2018 blends. I find that I can never start too small. My personal rule after experience now consisting of smoking a single piece of plant material, as small as possible, from a new blend or brand.
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