As a former psychonaut with vast experience from using various psychedelic drugs, I can look back on the psychedelic experience in retrospect. Explaining the experience is like explaining colors to a blind man. I can however give you a slight idea as to what the effects these compounds share. I can also share with you what I brought back from using them with safe practices.

The Psychedelic Experience

In this article I will discuss 5-HT2A receptor agonist which includes all typical psychedelic drugs. This ranges from the phenethylamines like mescaline to the tryptamines like magic mushrooms. They all share a commonality on fitting into this receptor site disguised as the neurotransmitter serotonin. When a neurotransmitter is replaced, you are essentially having alternate signals transmitted to brain cells. So what are the major commonalities of all psychedelic drugs that I’ve used?

the psychedelic experience

The Astonishment Factor

The psychedelic experience is an extreme correlation in enhancing your sense of astonishment. Astonishment is the feeling of awe and wonder that tends to escape us as we age. Throughout the years I was conditioned to perceive everyday existence as “normal” when in actuality it’s constantly a mystical experience. As a kid, I would find wonder in things like experiencing nature. As an adult I lost that sense of wonder. Under the influence of psychedelics I’m instantly returned to that astonishment I experienced as a kid. When I would see a tree on psychedelics it wasn’t like I was just seeing another tree, it was like I was seeing a living being with a wonderment of how it came into existence. This would manifest in all of my surroundings. Even my room would cause an energy of astonishment that would make everything radiant.

The Sensory Factor

Under the influence of typical psychedelic drugs I would find commonalities their effect on how I would sense the world. This would include open and closed eye visuals. I never saw physical manifestations of things that weren’t there. Instead I would see impossible vibrant geometrical patterns covering my field of vision with my eyes open. When I would close my eyes, these patterns would become more alive and encompass me in a geometrical environment made of energy. It’s hard to describe the psychedelic experience in regards to visuals, because what I saw was impossible. This along with the sense of astonishment put me in a mystical state of pure wonderment.

The Alteration of Perception

Psychedelic drugs would not just alter how I sensed the world, but also how I perceived it.. This was typically a dissociation from my ego that was constantly affirmed outside of the psychedelic experience. Because I was dissociated from my ego, I was able to perceive myself and life as if I was another person. The person I became under the influence of psychedelics would see myself with brutal honesty. Sometimes this could be an extremely pleasant experience, other times this could be a very difficult experience. Regardless, I always got something back from the psychedelic experience. It was as if I was being the counselor rather than speaking to one. The alteration of perception forced me to face problems which I was suppressing or recognize achievements I’ve made.

Psychedelic Drugs Make You Laugh, Cry, and Feel Terrified

When using psychedelics I would have exaggeration of various emotions primarily laughter. I would laugh so hard at things that normally I’d find barely amusing till I was clapping like a retarded seal trying to breathe. The second most frequent emotion that would exaggerate was anxiety. I would have times that I would just feel waves of anxiety. There was no rhyme or reason to the intense amounts of anxiety, it was just a part of the psychedelic experience. The least most frequent emotion was extreme sadness. I never had depression but if I were to watch an emotional movie with a sad ending I would be choking on my tears. Outside of psychedelic drugs the same movie would be sad, but I wouldn’t have a physical reaction over it.

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