Citation: Cayana. "Just Relax: An Experience with Barbiturates - Phenobarbital (exp63880)". Erowid.org. Jan 17, 2008. erowid.org/exp/63880
Well I got my hands on some Phenobarbital and decided to try it. I had heard that barbiturates are powerful sleep aids, so I put my PJs on and got ready to take one in my bedroom. The first day I took 60mg Phenobarbital. I had just woken up from around 8 hours of sleep and was a little hungry.
It took about 30 minutes before I started to feel anything. I just hung out with my computer and surfed on the internet for a while. As the drug started to kick in I began to feel very relaxed. I normally have anxiety issues, so this was an extremely pleasant feeling. Just like all my worries went away. I lied down on my bed but did not fall asleep immediately. I just lay there feeling very relaxed and kind of warm and happy.
After about an hour I did finally fall asleep. When I woke up 6 hours later I still felt extremely relaxed for a couple of hours until the drug finally wore off.
The next day I tried 120mg before I was ready to go to bed, expecting this to really knock me out. Instead it made me feel drunk. It took about 30-60 minutes to really kick in again. I felt very stumbly and uncoordinated and like the room was moving a little. But it didn't knock me out. I was kind of disappointed with the lack of immediate sleep from it. I expected it to be stronger than it was.
After a while I got tired of stumbling around and laid down and slept for 8 hours or so until my alarm clock woke me up. I woke up feeling really refreshed from all the sleep. I normally have insomnia and can't fall asleep at night. That day at work I felt really cheerful and relaxed, I think the drug was still in my system for at least 12 hours or so. I could stay awake though, just felt very calm.
All in all I really liked Phenobarbital. It made me feel very relaxed and cozy, and I am normally very anxious and worried all the time. I would not take it on a regular basis though.
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