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The LSD that’s already in your medicine cabinet: Dextromethorphan By SoberCircle.com “Chris Rock: When I was a kid, that's all we had was Robitussin. Whatever you got, Robitussin better handle it. I broke my leg once, daddy poured Robitussin all over it. [Pretending to be his father] Yeah, boy! Let that 'tussin get in there. Let that 'tussin go down to the bone! If you run out of it, put some water in the jar, shake it up, more 'tussin! MORE 'TUSSIN!
Found in the same medicines that comforted Chris Rock as a child, dextromethorphan seems safe and benign. It’s most likely in your medicine cabinet now. But at high dosages, dextromethorphan, also known as DXM, can create euphoria and hallucinations. Some call the drug “Poor Man’s PCP.” Doses higher than 500 mg can lead to long term brain damage, psychotic breaks and death. Because dextromethorphan is found in more than 120 inexpensive over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, it may have more potential for abuse than many illegal drugs.
And the statistics indicate that abuse is on the rise. According to the California Poison Control System, there were 58 cases of DXM overdoses in patients aged 6 to 19 in 2000; that number increased to 284 in 2003. In California, dextromethorphan-related calls to poison control centers rose 50 percent between 1999 and 2004, Reuters reported. (Newer statistics are not yet available.) Frighteningly, most of the abuse was reported in the pre-teen population.
Although countermeasures are on the rise, the steps have been few and tentative. The California state legislature made a failed move in 2004 to ban sales of dextromethorphan to minors, an action that New York’s Suffolk County took in April 2007. Walgreens voluntarily began to require ID for DXM drug purchases in 2005.
Dextromethorphan is easy to find—it’s in drugs like Robitussin, Triaminic, Coricidin, Delsym, Robitussin and Vicks. Another common source is OTC cold medicine and antihistamine Coricidin Cough and Cold, or Triple C in street lingo. Nicknames for the drug include DXM (a simple abbreviation of the chemical name for the drug), CCC, Dex, Triple C, Skittles and Robo. Because DXM is found in Robitussin, some users refer to a DXM high as “robotripping”; because the tablets are often brightly colored like Skittles candy, DXM is often called “skittling.” A few minutes searching YouTube for DXM yields a wealth of material, including this video on extracting pure dextromethorphan from cough syrup:
Some users seek an LSD-like high and get more than they bargained for. At an online compilation of drug use experiences, user Raoul wrote that a dose of 720 mg of DXM led to an experience worse than any LSD trip he’d experienced. He writes:
“I got caught in a nasty time-loop. I experienced Hell. I thought that my basement was the only existent Universe and Jason and I were doomed to live it out in this horrible state for all eternity. God was finally punishing us for our foolish sins… We both thought that we were dying or very close to it. I felt my soul being ripped from my body…I could only console myself by assuring myself that we did not do enough to overdose. Intense visuals of torment. I could hear people screaming and dying. I knew my life was about to end… That stuff makes pure LSD seem like ginger beer. There is no comparison. DXM is by far the most intense shit I have ever done.
As a dissociative drug, it works in the body through the same physiological processes as PCP, ketamine and nitrous oxide. It acts directly on the brain to weaken its response to sensory input and to other parts of the brain. When used as directed in small doses, it prevents a convulsive coughing response, but the dissociative effect escalates with the dose size.
PlateauDose (mg)Behavioral Effects1st100–200Mild stimulation2nd200–400Euphoria and hallucinations3rd300– 600Distorted visual perceptions
Loss of motor coordination4th500-1500Dissociative sedation
Table Source: US Dept of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration,
Although both LSD and DXM create hallucinations, the dissociative group of drugs, which includes DXM, acts differently from drugs like LSD. Psychedelic drugs like LSD allow users to still experience sensory input from the “real world” while hallucinations occur, but dissociative drugs like DXM usually create hallucinations only when there is limited sensory input. DXM users might close their eyes or lie in a dark room.
User Collin describes his DXM high:
My skin is burning. I am on fire.
'You are only imagining this. This is a figment of your imagination,' I tell myself. But is it really? Perhaps I really am burning up. Does it even matter? I stare straight ahead and suddenly wonder whether my eyes are open. The burning passes, and I flop down on the bed clutching at my face. I think I hear a voice, possibly my own laughter, but it passes after maybe a few seconds.
Dextromethorphan is possibly psychologically addictive, but it is not physiologically addictive. However, even the writer of the pro-recreational use compendium at Lycaeum.org admits, “Regular DXM use may bring about long-lasting or even permanent mental impairment.” User E. Gates at Erowid.org writes that she felt numb after stopping her regular high-volume DXM use:
The dissociated feeling I was left with could best be described a sense of emotionless unreality. But I still felt the emotions of hopelessness and depression. I’d stare at my (then) boyfriend and feel that we were stuck in a meaningless dream, then criticize myself for not being able to appreciate the moment. I wondered if I was the only unreal, abnormal person, and everyone/life around me was fine. It was lonely.
User XEdize reports spending a tortured night after mixing pot with high doses of LSD and DXM. He feels lucky to be alive, he says:
“If there's anything I'll remember most, it's how much I wanted to live when things got at its worst. Maybe I got a second chance that night. Either way, I won't be taking things for granted this time around.”
LA Times story on DXM abuse:
Info on DXM:
FAQs on DXM use with a pro-recreational use stance plus realistic listing of dangers:
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