Citation: thetrippers. "Long Term Over a Period of Roughly 8 Years: An Experience with Ephedrine & Ephedra sinica (exp115510)". Erowid.org. Jun 24, 2021. erowid.org/exp/115510
Long Term Ephedrine
I thought I would share my experience of long term ephedrine use and the effects it's had on my life and health over a long period of roughly 8 years.
My first experience with ephedrine was actually in the form of ma huang that I would drink as tea. The effects were incredible almost like an herbal speed. So this is how they got so much done in China I thought to myself.
Returning to the US I once again sought out the substance for use as a decongestant and discovered that it was being sold for such purposes over the counter. The rest pretty much is my take on this interesting drug.
When used for it's intended purpose it completely eliminates that stuffed up feeling that has plagued me all my life. Furthermore the effects seem to last at least a few days. For use as a decongestant I find it to be superior to all others by a wide margin.
As many know it also has acts as a fairly strong CNS stimulant. I discovered a reasonable dose that could easily keep me pleasantly stimulated all night if need be. Simply taking a single 25mg pill, waiting two hours and taking another, then redosing every 2 hours until the work is done.
Recently I discovered that its effects seem to be missing, the magic wearing off in a way. Whereas before I could maintain a pleasant level of engagement in whatever task I set my mind to I began to notice that I would drift off. I remain committed to keeping my dosage schedule consistent so I have never changed the dosing. But it does concern me that the one incredibly powerful tool was losing its edge.
I decided to take a break from it and soon found myself reverting to a different way of life. Not necessarily bad but not as focused on getting things done and more content with simply living life. This did cause me concern as I want to make something of my life. I looked at my unfinished projects and saw a massive failure in the mirror. So I decided to continue what I set out to do but at a more focused level. This time taking no more than two 25mg pills per day and leaving large gaps in between dosages. The tool seems to have regained its edge.
I continue to dose like this whenever I need to complete an important task. It's been tremendously powerful for me but I feel it's worth mentioning the long term effects. Namely a slow but consistent reduction in drive towards one's goals and a reliance on this chemical to feel the motivation to complete a task.
I've never noticed any kind of addiction but it does worry me slightly. Is there a way to maintain that drive or is this simply a natural part of aging and branching out. Perhaps these projects that once provided so much meaning in my life have been replaced by other things or perhaps my brain has come to expect that slight boost in norepinephrine that ephedrine stimulates so effectively.
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