Synaesthesia (also spelled synesthesia or synæsthesia) is a condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. For example, during this experience a person may begin seeing music, tasting colors, hearing smells, or any other potential combination of the senses. At its highest level, synaesthesia becomes so all-encompassing that each of the senses become completely intertwined with and experienced through all of the other senses. This is a complete blending of human perception and is usually interpreted as extremely profound when experienced. It is worth noting that a significant percentage of the population experience synaesthesia to varying extents during every day life without the use of drugs.
Synaesthesia is commonly induced under the influence of heavy dosages of psychedelic compounds, such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline. However, it is seemingly most commonly experienced under the influence of stimulating psychedelics such as the 2C-x, DOx, and NBOMe series.
Compounds within our psychoactive substance index which may cause this effect include:
- Amanita muscaria
Anecdotal reports which describe this effect within our experience index include:
- Experience: 300mg DXM (Oral) - Brink of the third
- Experience: 5-EAPB (60mg) + 2-FMA (20mg) + 4-AcO-DMT (10mg) - Emotional catharsis
- Experience:1g of stars and love
- Experience:225ug - Sheer Awe and Joy
- Experience:25mg - A labyrinth of organs and a storybook walk
- Experience:300µg ETH-LAD - Turned Inside Out
- Experience:40mg + Syrian Rue (unknown dosage) - My one bad trip
- Experience:5.3g psilocybe cubensis - Dimensional Circumstance and the Fabric of Understanding
- Experience:60mg 4-AcO-DMT + Syrian rue (3g) - Surrender
- Experience:6g mimosa / 2.5 g syrian rue - Best cake I've had for a while
- Experience:800ug LSD - 3D Vision
- Experience:DMT: 200mg 1/5 changa - Bad yet glorious trip
- Experience:LSD (~500μg, sublingual) + Noopept - Mind Reset
- Experience:Mushrooms and Snuff Films -- Trip Report (3.5 grams)
- Experience:Unknown Dose DOC (Insufflated) - Overdosing and Terifying Ego Death
- Experience:Unknown dosage / 1 tab DOC - Psychedelia Turned Into Stimulant Psychosis
- Experience:Unknown dosage / 3 tabs - Ego death and a total break through in the snow
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- Simner, J. (2 September 2013). "Why are there different types of synesthete?". Frontiers in Psychology. 4: 558. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00558. ISSN 1664-1078.
- Simner, J., Mulvenna, C., Sagiv, N., Tsakanikos, E., Witherby, S. A., Fraser, C., Scott, K., Ward, J. (2006). "Synaesthesia: the prevalence of atypical cross-modal experiences". Perception. 35 (8): 1024–1033. doi:10.1068/p5469. ISSN 0301-0066.
- Niccolai, V., Jennes, J., Stoerig, P., Van Leeuwen, T. M. (2012). "Modality and variability of synesthetic experience". The American Journal of Psychology. 125 (1): 81–94. doi:10.5406/amerjpsyc.125.1.0081. ISSN 0002-9556.
- Luke, D. P., Terhune, D. B. (17 October 2013). "The induction of synaesthesia with chemical agents: a systematic review". Frontiers in Psychology. 4: 753. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00753. ISSN 1664-1078.