Citation: Dave the Dropper. "Making a Concert Bearable: An Experience with 5-HTP (exp82629)". Erowid.org. Aug 7, 2017. erowid.org/exp/82629
I was having to attend a concert of a friends' and previous experience told me it wasn't going to be my thing. I'd bought some 5HTP before after a pillhead friend of mine raved about its effect on the comedown, and I was curious about what it could do on its own. I looked up the trip reports and took a bottle of 5-HTP tablets and some water. I took about 150mg, or 3 pills, about 15 minutes before the beginning the concert.
I noticed changes about half an hour after dropping. Probably the most accurate term for the experience was 'mellow', because I seriously chilled out. I felt quite spacey, relaxed (physically and mentally) and calm, like I was half-elsewhere. It didn't mitigate the fact that I was somewhere I really didn't want to be, but it made it better. I became quite distractable, and missed part of the concert completely because I was thinking about something else intently. 5-HTP seems to make me very reflective and very quiet.
5-HTP is interesting because I couldn't really feel myself coming up. It's not particularly intense and the high is really pretty shallow. I'd put it in the same category of drugs as Amyl Nitrate - good for a light trip to distract me from something that still leaves me almost entirely functional. About an hour after I dropped I began to feel quite drowsy. I ignored it and this feeling came to an end after another half an hour. I'd say the entire trip lasted about two hours, two and a half hours.
One effect that 5-HTP did seem to have is it seemed to reactivate latent drugs in my system. I had taken LSD the night before and although I didn't trip out totally, there was a period of about ten minutes when I couldn't stop looking at the organ because it was so interesting. A friend who was with me and took 50mg of 5HTP had some latent MDMA reactivated and got quite buzzy.
All in all, a good trip.
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