Citation: Jack. "Balanced When I Shouldn't Be: An Experience with 2C-B (exp78741)". Erowid.org. Oct 8, 2017. erowid.org/exp/78741
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First off, I would like to say that my experience with 2-CB has been overwhelmingly positive. Not for a second did I feel uncomfortable. It was a very enjoyable experience.
My and my friend A called each other the night before we did it. He brought up the topic of 2-CB. I was interested as I had heard of it before on Erowid. From what I knew, 2-CB was a psychedelic that had a body element. I didn't read anything negative about it, so I was very interested. We decided to meet the next day.
Before I say anything else, I will say that I am a very avid skateboarder. It would be very important for the trip. Throughout the experience, we spent a large amount of our time on our boards.
+0:00 We headed back to A's house. There, we swallow a single pill each with a gulp of water. Apparently, A took a pill 10 minutes ahead of me. This would become apparent, because A began to get effects earlier than me.
+0:45 We get to my neighborhood. A has began to get some effects. He describes the ceiling as moving, swimming like water. I'm a little frustrated, as I haven't gotten any effects yet, save random flashes of color here and there. Overall, I feel entirely sober. We decide to take a second pill. Bottoms up!
+1:00 We go out into my neighborhood, we grab a skateboard. With us, we have a good sized joint, just in case. A is starting to trip pretty hard. Still no effects here.
+1:15 Still nothing. We sit down to rest. I pull out the joint and spark it up. I take a few puffs. I feel that familiar 'stoned' feeling spread across my body. But now, I feel different. The previously uninteresting forest around me has changed into something else. The colors become brighter. My sense of depth slowly leaves me. I look at my legs and arms. They pull away, as if I am looking through a fish eye lens. I broke through.
As always, my good friend weed comes in and saves the day. I am starting to trip. Visuals start to come on. The road pulls back, scenery blends. Shading becomes as if contrast has been thrown out the window.
+1:45 This is about when my memory starts to break down. My ties with reality are slowly being unraveled. I feel disconnected, as if have been thrusted into some place I have never been before. I am there physically, but to me, everything is different, foreign. This does not discomfort me, but in fact it interests me. The world around me is distorted in ways I have never imagined.
+2:30 While I am skating, new effects start to come on. Different than the closed and open eye visuals that have been going on for a while now. The 2-CB is becoming almost a dissociative. Feelings such as tiredness and exhaustion are practically nonexistent. Keep in mind that during most of this, I am skating almost constantly. I feel my heart beat in my chest, but to me, it is only an input, something I could ignore.
+3:00 I have peaked. This feeling of disassociation spreads. Physical sensations are distorted, sometimes nonexistent. On my board, I feel perfectly balanced, not tired, not disturbed in anyway. However, my body tells me, SCREAMS that I should not be balanced, I should not have energy, I should not be able to WORK. But these are merely sensations that have no bearing in my state. It is sending me messages in a language in a lower syntax, that my brain does not comprehend, so it simply ignores them.
During this experience, I do experience a mild bit of paranoia. However, the peculiar thing about the 2-CB state of mind is that sensations that are undesirable and/or unpleasant, can simply be ignored. Bad thoughts did not grow. It was quite simple to shoot down random bits of paranoia, simply dismissing them as what they are, irrational paranoia.
+4:00 As of now, me and A are still skating. We have an urge to try out each of our boards the large assortment of skateboards we have. After an hour of skating, we tell each other: 'Let's get another board!' We continue doing this, riding different boards, getting to know them, finding out their quirks, their own unique ride. I was in a state of pure bliss, as if nothing could ever separate me from these platform that are pulling me through this experience.
+5:00 We head back to my house, as it is getting dark, and the sun is slowly setting. On the ride back, we gaze at the sunset. To this day, I have never seen a sight as beautiful as this sunset. The only way I can describe it is as a canvas or plane in the distance that has been painted with the brightest, most awesome colors one could ever imagine. From the deepest purple to the brightest orange I have ever seen, it is a sight that I will never forget.
We reach my house, and head to a room in the corner of the house, away from my parents. Naturally, I don't want to talk to them in my state. My sister's boyfriend (B) comes in. He takes one look at me, and asks what A has given me. He is worried for me, because it is a Sunday, before a school day. I try to get it across to him that even though I am tripping balls, that I feel very manageable. I knew I could handle myself, considering the fact that had been skating in this condition. Nonetheless, me and A head back to my bedroom. We decide that it would be best for A to leave. I tell him goodbye, and that we shall discuss our experience later.
I get in my bed with no intention to sleep. In fact, I cannot sleep. My body is telling me to rest, and I listen. However, for the next two hours, I stare. And I stare. My mind is entirely blank. After getting so drained, I simply lay there, and stare at the magnificent hallucinations. This goes on for three hours, until I finally fall asleep.
2-CB has been an utterly amazing experience. It was my first psychedelic. I could not be more happy with how it went.
The only thing I regret is the fact that I did not have the chance to analyze the experience as I was going. The constant physical activity took my mind off the significance of it, I simply enjoyed the world as it presented itself to me.
One thing I will say, though. I had to take what came at me as it came. I had to handle problems as they occured, and be responsible. I couldn't worry, I was rational, and everything turned out right.
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