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Long-Term Use Observations
DXM
by lookatmytattoo
Citation:   lookatmytattoo. "Long-Term Use Observations: An Experience with DXM (exp116624)". Erowid.org. Sep 20, 2022. erowid.org/exp/116624

 
DOSE:
300 - 900 mg oral DXM (capsule)

BODY WEIGHT: 140 lb


For background, I was homeschooled and raised in a fundamentalist Christian framework. Drugs in general always appealed to me, since they offered up an alternative perspective to a belief system I felt forced into. Despite living in a small town and being a minor in a restrictive position, I was able to eventually aquire a wide variety of psychedelics and pharmaceuticals.

Mushrooms, acid, and MDMA had all been positive experiences for me up to the point I encountered DXM. I want to keep this short, since primarily I just wish to issue some warnings about this substance.

I'm just going to list some pros and cons.

Pros:

-Gave me the ability to re-evaluate what I had been indoctrinated into via religion
-Allowed me to see abuses that were taking place against me and my sisters through dissociation, which can help people see things like an outsider looking in
-Allowed me to view and modify my drives, preconceptions, thought patterns, etc.
-In a way, via ego death, taught me empathy and helped me think about how my actions impacted others and how we are all part of the same whole

Cons:

-As reported by others, facial- and speech tics become prevalent upon prolonged use
-Repeated dissociative experiences can cause detachment from reality, to the point that it becomes difficult to relate to others or find your place in society
-Vomitting, slurred speech, detached vision are readily apparent to family or close friends
-The headspace you are in makes you say things that can offend people, similar to benzodiazepenes
-Higher doses can lead to alarming side effects, such as becoming non-responsive; one person I know took over 1000mg and was in a coma at the hospital for 3 days. I usually took between 300-600mg, though one time I took more and passed out in the shower for several hours
-The feeling you get from it is enticing and can lead to at least psychological addiction. I know people who eventually resorted to shoplifting to support their habit

I used to tell my family I was going to bed, take a bunch of cough gels, then puke in a gallon ice cream bucket almost every day. I would dump it out the next morning and wash it out in the shower. My parents eventually discovered what I was up to, along with my sisters. They were very disappointed and worried for me. In my opinion now, it's a dirty drug with too many negative side effects.

Long-term side effects for me at least include lack of will, persistent visuals, continued dissociation, and a contribution to depression. I don't recommend dissociatives, especially if you are already depressed. I know there have been studies about ketamine, but I look at that with skepticism as well due to experiences with that, DXM, MXE, and other dissociatives.

If you're thinking about using these types of drugs, I would strongly recommend sticking to things that increase your association with the world around you rather than limiting it.

Exp Year: 2009ExpID: 116624
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 19 
Published: Sep 20, 2022Views: 222
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