Citation: Barnes. "Permanently Altered Vision: An Experience with LSD & Mushrooms (exp8348)". Erowid.org. Jul 26, 2001. erowid.org/exp/8348
I noticed after the first time I took acid (which was my first step to anything stronger than weed) that my vision was changed. Everything I looked at seemed to sort of shimmer in a way, it's hard to describe, everything just looked different. I didn't consider this a bad thing and by no means did it steer me away from LSD.
It wasn't until after I experimented with mushrooms that I really noticed long term effects on my vision. The first time I had mushrooms we had picked a few shopping bags full, about a week later we went back to the forest and got more. Whilst tripping on shrooms everything I looked at would be moving. If I stared at a wall it would sort of sway back and forth, slightly moving in a circular motion. The floor would appear to be sink and rise, a picture on the wall seeming to get bigger then smaller. I still noticed these affects after the drug had completely worn off, especially after smoking a few pipes. I didn't really think much of it though, thinking of it as after-effects that will wear off with time. After mushroom season finished I grimly realised that this was not so.
After not touching mushrooms for a good six months, everything I looked at still moved around. I told my friends about this and discovered that I was the only one to suffer these long term effects. They claimed that their vision was completely normal, and they had eaten as many mushrooms as I had. I still wasn't too worried, thinking this would eventually wear off. All the acid I was eating probably wasn't helping. For some reason I indulged in mushrooms again the following winter. Not long after that I moved away from the city, and for about a year I didn't do any drugs apart from smoking weed, drinking piss and the odd bit of speed here and there.
Everything I looked at still swayed and shimmered. Just recently I got hold of a sheet of trips, not being able to help myself in the time span of about a month and a half I probably ate about 20. They got finished off about two weeks ago, and I notice some definate long-term effects. I see shadows where there aren't any shadows, which are also moving. I see a lot of static in my vision, more so at night. I think everything moves around a bit more after that little acid binge. Again, the friend who I ate those trips with says his vision hasn't changed at all. My bother has eaten a lot more acid and shrooms than me, he gets flashbacks but he doesn't hallucinate 24hrs a day like I do.
Sometimes I think to myself 'why am I still taking these kinds of drugs?'. It can be frustrating at times, being an artist and musician I really enjoy psychedelic drugs but it seems this stuff really screws with my vision. Have I just plainly taking too much of the stuff, are these long term effects normal? After reading about HPPD, it appears I fit the criteria for the condition. In my experience LSD and psilocybin can have strong long-term effects.
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