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After carefully considering all of my options, I recently, at age 47, after
having given up smoking almost 15 years ago, decided to start smoking
again, Marlboro Reds, and am up to a half a pack a day, after 3 days. The
first night I started back to smoking, as I was going to sleep, I had mild
significant visual halucinations of the swirling liquid light-behind closed
eyelid variety, compareable to but not as strong as the effects I had
achieved the few times in my past that I have done halucinogenic drugs
including marijuana, psylocibin and dextromethoriphin. With all of the
designer drugs out thrre these days and talk of a database where you can
choose chemicals by their effects, I wonder if that effect can be isolated. It
certainly does not necessarily go along with impairment, euphoria or
sedation -- it is a pretty separate phenomena. And I remember reading
thattobacco had been used by the original Americans as a psychedelic, at
much higher cconcentrations than Marlboro Reds. So I wonder if Tobacco
could be modified, using the technologies developed in Humbolt County
over the last 40 years, or the technologies developed at Starbucks, or even
the technologies developed be Alexander Shulgin, so that it delivers
consistently the kinds of closed eye visual "halucinations" that are
characteristic of psychedelics but none of the other less desireable effects.
Those swirlies are really all you need, because they are controlable, you can
read into them what you want, and they are only present when you close
your eyes and really concentrate on them.
||Please, somebody else say it first...
||I don't think that that was it.
||Large doses of nicotine can cause the visuals that you are talking about.
There is a very real possibility that these 'closed eye visuals' are nothing more than a noticing of the actual functioning of your own visual system and that it could become a permanent fixture of your visual perception.
||It's not easy to live with...
||Hmm well then maybe I better cut down a little.
What? I said, Mr. Smoketoomuch, so I'd better cut down
a little, then. What?
||Another way I have experienced something like these
visualizations without the health disturbance was to set a
math graphing ipad app (Spacetime which seems to have
morphed into Mathstudio) on a line
graph animation and then move the variables up to really
high levels and magnify the middle of the graph and then
hold the ipad at an angle and squint my eyes, so that the
blur of activity on the screen became almost like the snow
on an old tv screen, and the visualizations just pop out of
the mix -- and you can control them, or go back and forth
in them like they were a movie that you have really precise
fast forward, stop, and rewind control over, which means
to me that whatever is going on there is going on inside my
head but kind of supported by the external stimulus. And I
could move around in the visual landscape as if I was
exploring a 3d environment on a computer screen, but just
by changing something in my head.
||Actually before doing this I had never really payed
attention to the few visual hallucinations I had experienced
before, but had just recently read a bunch of Terrence
McKenna talks where he talks about visual hallucinations as
not rehashed sensory data or part of the visual system but
rather as a matrixy kind of way to access extra dimensions
-- and the Spirit Molecule which is a book about DMT.
||So I definitely need to quit smoking and don't necessarily
want to permanently screw up my visual system, although I
work with blind folks so it might give me a home court
advantage, but am still wondering about the isolatability
through drug design of hallucination.
||Persistence of vision is a cool thing to try using a bright burning
candle in a dark room with a strip of paper with discernible sieres
of cut out images that you burn into your eye one by one as you
slowly turn your head looking at something cool and grey like a
stone behind the candle, on weed, then shutting your eyes to
watch the images.
||Wow, Marlboro 72s. Reminds of Ducados.
||Back in black //Ducados//