It takes more than just intense euphoria and a sense of well being to make a plus four experience.
I have had a few ++++'s.
Once with 50mg 4HOMET, once with 12mg 2C-P, once with 18mg 4HODET and most recently with 30mg 4ACODIPT + 40mg 2CD + 30mg 2CC + 30mg MXE.
Tryptamines for the win !
edit: During all these experiences I was watching Twin Peaks, a hugely emotional show for me. I believe it could have something to do with achieving ++++
The combo that did if for me was 4-aco-dmt + 25i-nbome.
Not to keep going on about Twin Peaks, but does anyone who has seen it also believe ++++ experience relate to the White Lodge and Black Lodge ?
This is what Windom Earle (the bad guy) says about the White/black Lodge:
Once upon a time, there was a place of great goodness, called the White Lodge. Gentle fawns gamboled there amidst happy, laughing spirits. The sounds of innocence and joy filled the air. And when it rained, it rained sweet nectar that infused one's heart with a desire to live life in truth and beauty. Generally speaking, a ghastly place, reeking of virtue's sour smell. Engorged with the whispered prayers of kneeling mothers, mewling newborns, and fools, young and old, compelled to do good without reason ... But, I am happy to point out that our story does not end in this wretched place of saccharine excess. For there's another place, its opposite: A place of almost unimaginable power, chock full of dark forces and vicious secrets. No prayers dare enter this frightful maw. The spirits there care not for good deeds or priestly invocations, they're as likely to rip the flesh from your bone as greet you with a happy "good day." And if harnessed, these spirits in this hidden land of unmuffled screams and broken hearts would offer up a power so vast that its bearer might reorder the Earth itself to his liking.
The Black Lodge is :
the shadow-self of the White Lodge. The legend says that every spirit must pass through there on the way to perfection. There, you will meet your own shadow self. My people call it 'The Dweller on the Threshold' ... But it is said, if you confront the Black Lodge with imperfect courage, it will utterly annihilate your soul.
Touches on some fundamental ideas, imo.
Does anyone know if a +++++ is possible?
Maybe do some nitrous and smoke DMT while already at the peak of ++++?
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haha nice to see someone else totally engulfed by Lynch's world.
Debate could go on endless about this, I just like to think about it. And also, if you watch TP tripping you'll realize: David Lynch is a real Genius. Obviously he is not a scientist, but using words/colors/sounds he portrays a world that is so "right". Really difficult to put into words but the fact that it makes sense while you're tripping balls is pretty out there, considering it is written for a sober TV audience.
I'm not very experienced with the shulgin rating system other than ++++ is strongest I guess. I think I may have reached it the other day with 4-aco-dmt. I was rendered speechless, everything was visuals. And for a good 30 minutes my mind was running so fast that I had this insane moment of realization that it seemed like I had just figured out everything there was to know in the universe and that there wasn't really any point in being alive anymore.
I didn't get suicidal or anything like that. Far from it, I was filled with the most extreme feeling of contentment I've ever felt. And of course, I didn't learn everything in the universe. I can hardly remember what happened or what I thought at the time but it was just so completely breathtaking that I feel it was some sort of breakthrough. I did learn two things from the experience, I feel 30x better than I did before self esteem wise. And, I am completely in love with this substance.
I remember feeling completely terrified curled up in the fetal position and being bombarded with images flashing almost too fast to comprehend but it was as if I was looking through the eyes of countless human beings at many different points in history, I couldn't even focus on much detail in any of these flashes but I had a strong sense of what it all was. I came to the conclusion that my own experiences in life doesn't mean much of the grand scheme of things and it made me feel utterly insignificant; realizing that my own life only has value to myself and the few people that I am close to. This doesn't sound like anything ground breaking but it was just reinforced to an amazing extent and I thought to myself that If I killed myself right then and there it really wouldn't matter at all in the grand scheme of things. Once I accepted that I was overcome with a massive euphoria and felt utterly at peace with the thought of killing myself. This trip was followed by a massive case of depression for about 3 months.
It taught me that psychedelics really aren't something to mess with, i gained a lot of respect for psychedelics and am very careful of them to this day. I was about 16 when this happened, Psychedelics can be abused and not everybody is going to have "realizations" that are healthy and within reason, you can have a trip that will teach you a lot about yourself and show you how you can improve your life and you can also have an equally intense experience fulled with life changing thought patterns that can be extremely unhealthy mentally and can stick with you.
At that time in my life I was very stupid and self destructive and that was probably a catalyst to the bad trip that I had which left me in such a bad way; although for 6 months after that trip I stopped abusing substances for the longest time and was the healthiest I had ever been. So besides wanting to kill myself and feeling ok with killing myself I was able to pull something good out of the trip, I just had to suppress the delusions that came with the trip.
Can you add one to infinity? Can you count high enough to get there?Just trying to make sense of this...logically it seems like you could always go a little deeper, just like you can always add 1 to a number.
(Now, if we extend this metaphor too far, it undermines itself, by way of the distinction between countably and uncountably infinite sets.)
The point is that ++++ experiences are QUALITATIVELY different from other experiences, where the other 4 values of the scale are mostly quantitative (yet also exhibiting qualitative aspects that make them identifiable).
a +++++ experience is coma or death i guess
I reached ++++ experiences only few times, and in most cases they were really scary trips, like the one with psilohuasca, 10 hours of pure terror, worst trip of my life.
Another time with 60mg of mxe orally, also that one was scaring me in certain parts.
The only 'good' one was with 33mg of 4-Ho-Dipt, i thought i had taken only that but my gf told me some days ago that i ate also some MXE that night, little before the tryptamine, i didn't even remember doing that
I've hit ++++ only once, and only on mushrooms. I have tried very hard for years to duplicate the experience using mushrooms, and I've never been able to.
It was my very first psychedelic experience too... what an introduction!
My own view is that phenethylamines are unable to produce that ++++ experience. DMT, LSD and mushrooms are the only ones that took me there, and in each case the ++++ experience occurred because of novelty and/or the "shock" to the system. For example, I did 1.5 grams of mushrooms my first time, which was fine, then the following time I did 3, which took me to ++++. Other mushrooms trips haven't taken me there. Similarly for LSD; first time was mild, then I had a much stronger dose and went to ++++. Other, even stronger doses haven't taken me there.
^ but wouldn't a MDMA experience which changed the life of the user (eg overcoming of anxiety, resolving traumatic experiences) also be classified as a ++++? i think many people confuse ++++ with an extraordinarily strong trip, but i think you can have a life changing experience without ego death and stuff like that.
it's all a circle, after ++++ you go into a negative ---- before starting at +1 to the power of 5, lol, hard to explain.
i've heard allyescaline isn't great but methylallyescaline is good, gonna have to try them all now i guess. 50mg gives a full experience IMO, 75mg for intense trips and 100mg for ++++ that's with oral dosing at least, i'll try plugging tomorrow and i bet that it's 3x more potent but shorter lasting. Will vape some tonight as well, as others have vaped 3c-e with success. Shit i'd IV this if i had any idea on IV technique lol ill leave that to someone else. In any case, my report is in the trip reports section in case anyone is curious, it's brief though.
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Just want to remind everyone that a ++++ isn't dose dependent and is not something that is reached often. Just felt the need to point that out so people don't go end up taking 100mg expecting a ++++ and end up boning themselves, always remember to start low and work your way up.
well i seriously doubt you will not get a ++++ experience from 100mg of escaline. It's like saying 100mg of DMT smoked properly will not give you a ++++, it most certainly will. I agree it's not dose dependent and not to shoot for a 100mg dose. ++++ are usually too intense anyway, a strong +++ is what you should aim for. If it happens to end up being more then that's great.
Yeah I do I'm talking bordering on mystical experience ego dissolving and losing touch with reality
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shulgin_Rating_ScalePLUS FOUR (++++) A rare and precious transcendental state, which has been called a 'peak experience', a 'religious experience,' 'divine transformation,' a 'state of Samādhi' and many other names in other cultures. It is not connected to the +1, +2, and +3 of the measuring of a drug's intensity. It is a state of bliss, a participation mystique, a connectedness with both the interior and exterior universes, which has come about after the ingestion of a psychedelic drug, but which is not necessarily repeatable with a subsequent ingestion of that same drug. If a drug (or technique or process) were ever to be discovered which would consistently produce a plus four experience in all human beings, it is conceivable that it would signal the ultimate evolution, and perhaps the end, of the human experiment.
what do you think mystical experience refers to? when i say +++ bordering ++++ i mean i hit waves where it hits mystical, transcendent and including divine awareness and singularity and then goes back down to +++. DMT gives me a ++++ every time that is my experience, but i only do high doses and in the right set setting, a low dose could be a +++ for sure but i havent experimented with DMT like that.
I don't think old shulgin is a god of psychedelics and will not take his word (see fallacy: appeal to authority) as anything other than one man's word on some topic. I also doubt he's smoked DMT more than many people on bluelight have.
i also don't see how DMT in a high dose could not be considered transcendent (unless you have tolerance to it of course)? if you are in hyper space you have transcended this reality and it is in my opinion the epitome of mystical. It is ineffable, seemingly impossible experience than cannot be put into words (even transcendent to language). Thanks for making this its own thread, weird to see i made a thread that i didn't think i did, brought me back to my phenaz black out days.
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