Citation: Anonymous. "Surprisingly Vivid Experience: An Experience with Zolpidem (exp91723)". Erowid.org. Sep 27, 2017. erowid.org/exp/91723
It was about three hours after a good sized meal that I decided to dose 10mg of zolpidem. I had been reading all about this drug online, and found the effects to be mysterious and interesting, so I gave it ago. I took one 10mg pill with a few cups of water, went to lay in my bed and relax, meditate, and wait for the initial effects of the zolpidem (which I read would kick in quite fast).
Approximately 15 - 20 minutes after ingesting the pill, I started to notice my arms and legs feeling different, lighter. My torso has a vibrating warm relaxed feeling to it, similar to a small dose of dextromethorphan. After 25 - 30 minutes, the effects were not as I had imagined. I was very relaxed, my mind was at ease and peaceful, I could think clearly, generally feeling as if I had drank 1 - 3 beers. Nice effects that would be very enjoyable if I were looking for a slight buzz after work, but that's not what I was looking for. I ingested another 10mg pill around the 30 minute mark. I laid back down on my bed for a while, wondering if I should have dosed again because the effaces of the first pill were starting to become more prominent. Very light hands and arms, legs feel firmly relaxed, no urge to move them. Feeling generally sedated.
It wasn't long (5 - 10 minutes) before I started to get hit a lot harder by this drug. (I assumed the increase dose was responsible for this. )
An urge to sleep came over my eyelids, so in order to enjoy this experience, I went to the computer to stay awake. The movement made me feel nauseous, and this nausea persisted throughout the experience. I was reading status updates on Facebook when I started to notice the text, something is different. Not only did it look 3 - dimensional, but it was turning into the screen, and out of the screen. I had to change my position to properly read it because as I would try to read it, it was curve ever so slowly until it was completely out of my sight. Eventually, I gave up trying to seriously read the updates and noticed that a long - but - distant friend had attempted to tag herself in one of my photos.
Hmmm… I haven't seen her in years, so I go to her profile. I look at her picture album 'Me', they were all of her in rows of individual photos. The photos looked so absolutely vivid, she stood outside of my screen in third dimension, and I noticed the sunlight change colors constantly, as the tree behind her swayed in the wind and leaves and other particles blew all around her. It was like looking at a still frame video of her, and it freaked me out a little when it felt as if all the different photos were all the different representations of her individual personality, staring at me, judging me. I was viewing her main psychological function of perception. I snapped out of it realizing that I had been drooling all over my keyboard. Geez..
So anyways, I added her as a friend and she sends me a message saying 'My husband won't let me befriend you but know that I miss you and you always hold a place in my heart <3'. It took me quite a while to actually read and interpret this, as the text kept swaying back and forth and morphing, but I eventually got it.
A wave of relief rushed through my body, and I discovered a newfound euphoria that I hadn't noticed before. I typed back to her 'Alright then, well I miss you too. Glad to know you remember me'
but when I re read it today, this is what I had wrote
'spree hate why does hhhhhe do?.
i dn care tell him that
i love that he ou lets control you suck
wen can i see you?'
That should describe what sort of state of mind I was in, but I want to elaborate more on my state of mind at that time. I felt fine, I mean, other than the nausea. Mentally, things were just slower, but not as confused as I must have been. My room was no different looking or special than it always, contrary to other reports I have read. Everything just felt like, well, I could only describe it as air conditioning on a hot summer night. It was just so crisp, so relaxing, felt very well fit inside of me for a synthetic element. I remember at one point I asked myself how it was possible to feel this out of my mind yet so close to my body on such a small dose of such a common medication.
Anyways, about 1 1/2 hour later, I got hit with a very heavy body load. Not at all unlike the body load associated with a high dose of 2c-i which I also find similar to the body load of diphenhydramine (without the shitty RLS). It wasn't necessarily unpleasant, but just a little much. For me, that was the point where I decided to lay down and go to sleep. I slept deep with no dreams to recall, woke up very groggy, but with no amnesia.
Overall, the effects are in fact very interesting in my experience. Some people don't get anything from this drug, some are naturally more tolerant, and some like me, experience a handful of effects at lower doses. I don't think I'll ever go past 30mg though, as it seems that the negative effects (such as nausea) would pronounce more than the positive ones. I didn't see any of the figures that some have mentioned, but hallucinating that deep doesn't seem to be in my nature unless something very potent like DMT or psilocybin is in my brain. However, it was a fun and interesting experience nonetheless. I can definitely see how some refer to zolpidem as the 'Psychedelic sleeping pill'.
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