Subjective Effects of Psychedelics Survey
Researchers at the Psychedelic Research Lab at
Monash University, Australia are conducting a survey
about the subjective effects of classic psychedelics
(LSD, Psilocybin, Mescaline, Ayahuasca, & MDMA).
Check out the Survey
A Smooth Ride - But Illness Attacked Next Day
2C-I, Cannabis & Escitalopram (Lexapro)
by Supdawg
Citation:   Supdawg. "A Smooth Ride - But Illness Attacked Next Day: An Experience with 2C-I, Cannabis & Escitalopram (Lexapro) (exp88712)". Erowid.org. Jan 14, 2011. erowid.org/exp/88712

 
DOSE:
T+ 0:00
20 mg oral Pharms - Escitalopram  
  T+ 0:00 15 mg oral 2C-I (powder / crystals)
  T+ 0:15   smoked Cannabis  
  T+ 5:20 6 mg smoked 2C-I  

BODY WEIGHT: 135 lb


I am a 21 year-old male. I have smoked weed everyday for about six months and I have limited experience with Salvia Divinorum, 2C-I, mcat, and JWH-18.

It has been finals week here at University and as a result I have been pretty stressed. Still, tonight I was feeling good, it was early, and so spur of the moment I decided to pull out some of my 2c-I that I’d been saving. It was about 8PM, and given a come-up of roughly two hours, I knew it would be a perfect experience for a party I was going to later that night (around 11PM). My goal in consuming 2C-I this evening was to increase my “connection” with others at the party, and post-party to enjoy the visualizations and also pursue some introspection.

I should note at this point that I am currently diagnosed with depression and have been taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 20MG daily for about 7 months. I am very grateful for this drug – it has done wonders for my social and mental health. Lexapro is an SSRI, rather than an MAO inhibitor, thus I consider it totally okay to consume with 2c-I, and most tryptamines in general. I can confirm this both by personal experience and also from research done online.

The only side-effect escitilorpam seems to have on my experiences is that it mitigates the effects of hallucinogens. This is definitely true with 2C-I and also Salvia – I just don’t trip NEARLY as hard as my friends. Still, in no way do I recommend taking a larger dose of 2C-I to compensate; while the escitilopram reduces the mental effects, the physical effects such as heartrate increase and temperature irregulation are still present.

So, let’s begin my night. I am alone in my room. Put on a lot of soft-light and begin typing up a list of all the “blessings I have in my life.” I’ve found this technique to be a great way to prepare my mind to become and remain positive for the experience.

-4:00 – Consume my daily 20mg of Lexapro – usually I do it in the morning, today I do it with dinner.

0:00 – Consume approx. 15mg of 2C-I orally on an empty stomach. I say approximately because my scale is a little off. Substance came in a base of hydrochloride salt – a fluffy white powder with no scent. I simply put some on my finger, stuck on my tongue, and washed down with water. Slight chemical taste.

+0:15 – Smoke Cannabis sativa. I smoke weed every day throughout the day. My tolerance is so high I don’t really get very high anymore. In my experience, weed is a great tool to maintain control of my trip if things begin to go south.

+0:25 – I feel a slight alert from the 2C-I. Typical. Full ride won’t begin for another hour or so. Slight clenching of the jaw is apparent and will last all night.

+1:30 – Slight CEVs. I am listening to “Pachebel in the Garden” - classical music mixed with nature sounds. So soothing. Music, and this album in particular, are incredibly enjoyable while on 2C-I.

+2:00 – feeling a lot of empathy; thinking about my family and how much I love them. I’m mostly happy, but notice a slight bit of negative thoughts creeping in. I’m also bored. The experience so far has been mostly bland.

+2:15 – I go to a small house-party with some guys from my fraternity. I found myself to be very talkative, and the number of people (40+) was in no way overwhelming. No one knew I had consumed 2C-I except for two people I had told. I am having a lot of fun at the party – absolutely no alcohol for me, especially with this drug – though I step out two or three times during the evening to smoke weed with some friends. I am much more sociable than usual – the music is also STELLAR. I feel each thump of bass almost corresponds with my heartbeat.

+5:00 – I notice I have feelings of frustration and am not enjoying the party any longer. Additionally, I can sense the 2C-I wanting to take over although its effects are negligible while at the party. I walk home.

+5:10 – Walk into my room. BAM! I’m really feeling it all the sudden. I feel a sense of disconnectedness from my surroundings – my room feels oddly foreign. I lay in my closet in silence with the lights off. I see visuals in my periphery. Essentially, I’m falling into what feels like a sea of “demon babies.” I see a constant torrent of crying babies whose eyes are darkened out and whose mouths are gaping open. I do not find this frightening. I say to myself, “wow, so this is how my depression/anxiety is trying to manifest itself? Bring it on, let’s work through this.” I attempt to discover the roots of my anxiety, but this drug is not allowing for very much philosophical introspection. Disappointing, but as I am learning, to be expected.

+5:20 – At this point I realize the substance is not affecting me nearly to the extent it should be. I deem it safe and acceptable to mix about 6mg of 2C-I and a little bit of kief in my one-hitter. I choose this method because I have never tried it, and the effects come on much more quickly. I smoke it and it is an overbearing chemical taste. I feel like a damn junkie with the way this smoke tastes.

+5:23 – BAM! Hits me very quickly. Wow. The effects are so strong. After waiting five hours, I finally am having the ride I’m looking for. I walk to my bathroom and look in the mirror. My face is contorting itself into different shapes. My eyes are small and my nose and mouth are growing. I think to myself, “I resemble a rat.” I am not disturbed by what I see. I can also control it.

+5:35 – Realizing this trip will offer nothing to me in terms of self-reflection, I decide just to enjoy it. I lay in bed with Deadmau5 radio on Pandora playing. I tried some dubstep but found it too dark than I could handle. For a good 30 minutes I listen to music, enjoy CEVs - mostly patterns that look like they have been rendered mathematically; lots of greens, constantly contorting. I feel euphoric and perfect. I’m drifting in a world between sleep and wakefulness. Although I am awake, it feels like a dream almost to the point that I feel I can control what will happen next.

+6:10 – I decide to consume a shitload of chocolate my roommate gave me. Its delicious. I finish the chocolate by chugging about 32oz of water. What a great night! Kind of boring - the 2C-I wasn’t very strong this time - but for once I experienced absolutely no negative physical effects of the substance – it has been an easy-to-handle experience.

+15:00 – I wake up the next day and begin to go through my day. Around noon I notice very strong feelings of nauseau. Why? I don’t even think the 2C-I is in my system anymore. I think nothing of it til I am hit very strongly with a need to vomit. I vomit up a large amount of brown liquid – it smells like chocolate.

For the rest of the day I am vomiting up liquid and I have severe diarrhea. I have never experienced this before as a result of 2C-I, and can’t imagine 2C-I is the cause. Is it? Or is it the chocolate? Whatever it was, I spend the next 24 hours absolutely miserable and sick. In hindsight, I think it was food poisoning from the chocolate. The whole next day really put a damper on how I feel about my experience with 2C-I the day before.

Conclusion:
2C-I is a great substance when used correctly. I find it constantly increases empathetic feelings, provides good visuals, and allows for a ride that is easy to control. Still, the next day’s illness makes me question whether the 2C-I is the culprit. I will definitely do it again as soon as I am can convince myself that I will have a positive experience – both during and AFTER the trip.

Exp Year: 2010ExpID: 88712
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 21 
Published: Jan 14, 2011Views: 17,448
[ View as PDF (for printing) ] [ View as LaTeX (for geeks) ] [ Switch Colors ]
Pharms - Escitalopram (304) : Combinations (3), Depression (15), General (1), Various (28)

COPYRIGHTS: All reports are copyright Erowid.
TERMS OF USE: By accessing this page, you agree not to download or analyze the report data without contacting Erowid Center and receiving written permission prior to your downloading the data.

Experience Reports are the writings and opinions of the individual authors who submit them.
Some of the activities described are dangerous and/or illegal and none are recommended by Erowid Center.


Experience Vaults Index Full List of Substances Search Submit Report User Settings About Main Psychoactive Vaults