“A New Breath”
Fish Tale #1
This is a story about a person named Fish. For all intended purposes, I will speak as Fish in the first person for the duration of this fictional story.
First, for some background info. I’ve done most drugs; it’s almost easier to name the few I haven’t at least tried once. Of the plethora of psychoactives I’ve ingested, I can boast significant experience with marijuana, “spice”, LSD, DMT, oxycodone, heroin, and Adderall.
At any rate I used to smoke weed and trip and things went fine until at some point I transitioned into opiates. Long story short: grew dependent, got arrested, went to jail.
The revolving door released me about a month ago, and I have struggled since to stay on the “right” path. At 23 years old, with no degree, I have come back to my Mom’s house working no job with a wandering soul. Following my return I have since drank on a few occasions, smoked a pot, and even shot dope a few times, feeling relatively hopeless in the process.
An old friend from middle school ended up moving like five doors down from me. When I head over to hang out with him, the topic of tripping pops up, as when he takes out his weed I can’t help but notice a few hits of DMT and molly inside the jar. Asking him if he could connect me with somebody who has any glorious entheogens-acid in particular- he gladly puts me in contact with a person in Philly called Jx.
Now, my cousin T; we’ve always been close, like brothers. Back in high school I turned him on to pot and got him drunk his first time. Although he does not use drugs to the extent that I do, he certainly does enjoy them. Being an intelligent person, I’ve always thought that he would benefit from and enjoy tripping. When the subject came up recently, it turns out that just as I always wanted to trip with him but never wanted to ask so as to not push yet another drug on yet another person, he always wanted me to ask him because he wanted to explore that intriguingly mysterious realm that I speak of so beneficently.
Yesterday: he picks me up and we drive an hour into Philly to meet this Jx person. The commute proves a hassle, not to mention finding the place. Jx is very nice, though she talks foreeeever; with that said, I really do respect that she gives ” the talk” about tripping responsibly. Even though I can safely classify myself as a seasoned tripper, knowing that she cares makes me happy. She also knows her shit, always a plus when it comes to this kind of weighty substance, not to mention a trait I dig.
Anyway we get back to my place and T has to go to work, so I hold onto the tabs: ten white on white hits with a simplistic design. Looking at them, I want to microdose just a bit…for science obviously, to gauge the vibe of my current house, which I have never tripped at but have shot a lot of dope in. Thus I have some background fears that this history would create a negative atmosphere.
Only one way to find out for sure.
At a little before 6PM, I eat like 1/3 of a tab, followed by another little tear a few minutes later to total roughly half a hit. Jx said that these tabs measure out at about 130-140 ug each. Nobody has ever given me an estimate on the potency of hits I’ve had in the past.
My Mom comes home from work slightly past 6 as usual. Typically she comes home only for a brief period to change and check in before heading to her boyfriend’s house for the night, leaving me with the house to myself. Courtesy of my perpetual luck, this does not mark one of those evenings.
She cooks spaghetti as I start coming up. Within 30-40 minutes I begin to feel a therapeutic expansiveness. With my issues of unemployment, parole, problems with my sister and dad, and brooding depression for starters, I feel the need to explore these issues and commence thinking out loud with my Mom present. I have a very close relationship with my Mom and do not have the most conventional mindframe to begin with, so this does not come off as entirely unusual to have this level of conversation with her during dinner. Though I struggle to find “THE” solution to all of life’s problems, I find myself able to tackle the smaller things, like how I should call my sister or apply for more jobs tomorrow. Seems mundane, but the way I arrive at it feels nothing short of profound.
After eating the spaghetti, as 7 o’clock (t+1) approaches, a walk looks like a good idea. Beautiful weather outside on this early July day..not to mention an excuse to dodge my Mom for a while as I determine how far I am poised to travel for the next several hours. No matter how many times I trip I always get this sensation during the onset that I can summarize as “shit, what did I do?” The idea of suddenly tripping balls for the first time in 3 years in front of my Mom suddenly does not sound very appetizing. Putting in some headphones, I set out on the trail around my neighborhood. And the trip really takes off there…
Listening to the “American Beauty” album of the Grateful Dead, I set off on my journey and as soon as the first note on the first song sings, the flowers and the trees all proceed to vibrate in that manner of animated psychedelia that I have missed for so long. Spotting a green bug on a tree, I stop in my tracks to watch this weird creature crawl around. A characteristically goofy grin melts onto my face, one that will not part with me for another 5 hours or so. Passing other people on the trail arouses some anxiety as they approach, but deciding to say hi to them continually causes me to feel at ease because these people are not expecting me to say hi and it makes me feel like a good neighbor. The geese act hilarious, just in the way they move. Clowns with wings, if I ever saw any.
Then come the tremors. One of the more annoying effects of LSD. Knowing that they constitute just a part of the drug allows me to circumvent my focus from this annoying feature; nonetheless it sparks a certain negativity which I confront rather than avoid, ultimately feeling better for facing it. In the past, when I sold a lot of drugs, passing cars always sparked paranoia that these were cops or something, and I do feel this a little bit initially as cars drive by but then I come to the realization that I’m just not that important to be under surveillance. Not a bad thing at all. In fact, quite humbling.
Trails kick in. Not just little afterimages but I mean like rainbowey trails. Objects are oozing colors. Cooking, frying, it’s hard to describe but everything now does it. The setting sun casts a beautiful color onto the atmosphere, everything glowing in eternal perfection.
As the dark of night encroaches, that sparkly dark but darkness nonetheless, I realize that I have to return home. Checking the clock I find it has not even passed 8PM (t+2) yet, meaning that time distortion has definitely set in. Feeling some anxiety about going home where I know my Mom still dwells, I sit in my backyard for a bit and chainsmoke before entering inside the house. Interact with her briefly, then take the laptop and a book of MC Escher drawings to my bedroom.
In my room, I listen to the “Wish You Were Here” album by Pink Floyd. Here I come to peace with my newish house, where I had done all of my heroin, on the bed where many a needle have pricked my arm. Here, where I had been a scumbag in general. I do not live in the cleanest room of what one could not call the cleanest house, but this bothers me none. I stare at the ceiling as fantastic images come to the fore. These types of visuals do not reign as omnipresent, lingering just beneath the surface instead. Rather as I zone out immersed in music I begin to see these kaleidoscopic snakes and shapes appear on the white ceiling. Colors flash from light to dark, vivid to dull, one end of the hue to another. They fail to shift completely but definitely try to. The music takes on an increasing depth. Initially when I put on the album it felt almost cliche to listen to Pink Floyd on acid as I’ve done this a couple times before but it feels soooo right. The MC Escher picture book too amuses me, perfectly calculated comic relief whenever I grow tired of the ceiling. Mindblowing stuff.
When I go outside to smoke a cigarette, about three hours have passed since ingestion. Darkness now completely covers the outer world. Barefoot once again proves itself the best possible way to go about moving outside as my toes feel so natural in the cool grass, and the clear sky reveals stars that look like fireworks frozen just before exploding.
When I walk back inside, I venture to my sister’s room where one of my cats refuses to leave. Sitting on her bed petting the cat I truly begin peaking. You see, my sister left a few days ago for a friend’s house partially citing “my behavior” as the reason she can’t live here anymore. This kind of boggled my mind as the incident which set it off was because I slept on the couch and didn’t clean up the food I ate the night before. But sitting on her bed I sink into her shoes, into her mind, my little sister, one room over, for three years watching me do heroin and go to rehab and go to jail…I cry. I cry for a long time, realizing that this wasn’t about me sleeping on the couch but represents a point on a continuum of upset and disappointment brought about by yours truly. I text her, fortunately able to reestablish communication. The drive to improve my life for myself and for my family remains strong in me for several days.
Also, as I stare at the cat, Luna, into her eyes filled with several souls, I also live her life. Not just this life, but nine lives, all of her lives. She was an empress at one point, and in another a wise old woman whose wisdom rarely gets spoken anymore let alone passed on. At my old house this cat used to roam around the yard but now refuses to leave my sister’s room and just stares out the window. I can practically read her thoughts from her eyes and see all these perspectives that she used to have. Now, Luna limps along on her ninth and final life, regretful of nothing.
Although acid is innately visual after a certain dose, at this point in the trip (at least to me), the visuals become irrelevant. When it first starts kicking in it’s like cool, trails, patterns, etc, but after 3 or 4 hours during the peak, the visuals have become old news. They’re incredibly awesome, don’t get me wrong, but they’re simply there…the mental exploration: for that reason primarily I have traveled here. Visualizing my problems as if translucent geometric shapes in space, I burst through them all in a display akin to a modernized version of the arcade game “Asteroids,” logically overcomimg many of my issues in this manner.
“Dark Side of the Moon” is awesome, then I eat a tiiiight ass apple. Skin like a virgin in the right place; such a crunch. Best apple ever. And perfect because of my hunger that I’ve failed to recognize, as tripping tends to do this.
Mucus production increases dramatically for me during trips, thus these globs in the back of my throat slide stickily around. My Mom comes to talk to me, mid-peak, but I find it easy to handle this miniature confrontation nicely and calmly. She doesn’t suspect a thing. Growing cocky, when she asks a question that I find ridiculous, I retort: “are you tripping balls?” She looks at me and laughs, no clue what I meant; I out-laugh her confused laugh. Then some more laughing before she exits down the hallway.
At this point, t+4 or t+5, the effects begin to dwindle slightly. I’m texting my cousin and a friend in San Diego, and by now really wish I dosed with someone else. Although in all fairness, I had no idea I’d actually trip like this: I assumed I’d just feel a buzz at best. The euphoria emanates in my midst so prevalently that I have more than enough of it: I want to share this surplus. With my friends. With my cousin. With everyone. I remember a bit ago texting Jx and saying “get as much of this stuff as you can and stockpile it as if there’s a nuclear war coming. Then when there is a nuclear war, dose all the survivors so that there’s never a nuclear war again.” I get like this when and after tripping sometimes, exhibiting an evangelism of sorts, where suddenly LSD seems to be the solution to all of the world’s problems. Though not as naive as I was in high school when I thought everyone everywhere should eat acid, I do still hold true the belief that it can change the world for the better when used within the proper parameters.
Between the 5th and 6th hour the effects fade rapidly-mentally, anyway-to where by hour six I fesl essentially back to baseline, with the periodic resurgences in intensity that acid induces, in its undulating wave-like manner. The visuals dull down to between 1/3 to 2/3 of peak intensity at any given time for the rest of the night. Though as I said, at this point the visuals just kind of happen. Brighter colors, shiftiness of objects, etc. I watch Family Guy until maybe 5am, t+11 hrs, wide awake until out of the blue I drift asleep.
This experience was overwhelmingly positive for me. I haven’t had a spiritual checkup in ages, which is exactly what acid supplies for me. You may take it to get fucked up, and if you do it as such, you will get fucked up. When used for the right purposes, this is a beautiful chemical. I only wish that I was able to share the experience and euphoria with others, or at least one other. But soon I will trip with my cousin and do just that. And oh boy, I can’t wait to see what a whole tab does!!