Drifting

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White Wolf Drinking Water by Anonymous - This animated .gif serves as an image example for a very common manifestation of psychedelic visual drifting which is specifically in the form of flowing.

Drifting is defined as the experience of the texture, shape, and general structure of objects and scenery appearing progressively warped, melted, and morphed across themselves.[1][2][3] These alterations gradually increase in intensity as a person stares, but are temporary and will reset to their normal appearance the moment a person double takes.

This effect is capable of manifesting itself across the 4 different levels of intensity described below:

  1. Peripheral - At the lowest level, visual drifting can be described as a wiggling of straight lines within the external environment. This occurs exclusively within a person's peripheral vision and cannot be directly looked at.
  2. Direct - At this level, visual drifting does not necessarily increase in intensity, but can now be directly looked at within a person's central line of sight. This partially alters the appearance and form of shapes, objects, and sceneries within the external environment, causing them to subtly drift, bend, and morph.
  3. Distinct - At this level, visual drifting becomes powerful enough to drastically alter and transform the shape of specific objects within a person's external environment. If one stares at a fixed point and keeps their eyes relatively motionless, the effect can be powerful enough to render objects progressively unrecognizable from their original form.
  4. All-encompassing - At the highest level of visual drifting, the intensity becomes powerful enough to distort not just specific objects, but every single point of a person's vision and the entirety of the external environment. This creates the appearance of an extremely smudged, warped, and blended mass of unrecognisable visual data.

Drifting is often accompanied by other coinciding effects such as symmetrical texture repetition and tracers.[1][4] It is most commonly induced under the influence of moderate dosages of psychedelic compounds, such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline. However, it can also occur to a lesser extent under the influence of certain stimulants and dissociatives such as MDMA or 3-MeO-PCP.

The particular style of this visual effect depends on the specific continuously changing direction, speed, and rhythm of the distortion. This results in a small variety of different manifestations which are defined and listed below:

Morphing

Morphing can be described as a style of visual drifting which is completely disorganised and spontaneous in both its rhythm and direction. It results in objects and scenery appearing to change gradually, morph, and warp in their size, shape, and configuration.

Breathing

Breathing can be described as a style of visual drifting which results in objects and scenery appearing to steadily contract inwards and expand outwards in a consistent rhythm, similar to the lungs of a living organism.

Melting

Melting can be described as a style of visual drifting which results in the texture of objects and scenery appearing to completely or partially melt. It begins at lower intensities as a gradual distortion of an object's texture which causes them to subtly droop, wobble, and lose their structural integrity. This gradually increases until it becomes impossible to ignore as the lines, textures, and colour between solid objects melt into one another in an extremely fluid style.

Flowing

Flowing can be described as a style of visual drifting which seems to occur almost exclusively on textures (particularly if they are highly detailed, complex, or rough in appearance). It results in the textures appearing to flow like a river in a seamless, looped animation. It is particularly common on wood grain or the fur of animals.

Image examples

 Caption
MiPLA
1B-LSD
PRO-LAD
4-HO-MiPT
5-MeO-DMT
Experience:2 grams Psilocybe Cubensis + 2.7 grams Syrian Rue - The Psilohuasca Albino Fox
Proscaline
Experience:800 seeds LSA - My First Trip Ever
Wood.gifBreathing wooden post by Chelsea Morgan
2C-I
ETH-LAD
Experience:1000 Morning Glory seeds - Rediscovering the Self
5-MeO-DiPT
2C-B
Experience:75 mg - Good tunes feat. Jeb Bush
Experience:2g Syrian rue + 1g Mimosa Hostilis - These voices are the building blocks of consciousness
Cyclazodone
Experience:DMT (~50mg) + Cannabis - Geometric Angels
Experience:225ug LSD + 9g cubensis - Galactic Melt and the Meverse
Mirtazapine
DOI
Experience: 80mg EPT - Slight improvement
25I-NBOMe
Methallylescaline
Experience:3 drops of cinnamon bark oil/ 5 drops of german chamomile oil/ 2mL of nutmeg oil in lecithin - experiments with nutmeg oil
Efavirenz
5-MeO-DiBF
2C-P
Experience:LSD (120ug) - An Overdose of LSD and Trip into Insanity
Βk-2C-B
Experience:700mg - Joining the 700 club
Experience:50mg - How's the short-term memory?
Experience:4.5g - The Grand Introduction to Beauty and Fear
MiPT
White Wolf Drinking Water by Anonymous.gifWhite Wolf Drinking Water by Anonymous
Experience:2.5g Syrian rue + 6g Mimosa Hostilis - Becoming God (my second experience with unity)
Experience: 15mg 2C-B (oral) - A pleasant low-dose evening with Nexus
Methamphetamine
25B-NBOMe
Ayahuasca
Wibbly Wobbly Bed Room by Chelsea Morgan.jpgWibbly Wobbly Bedroom by Chelsea Morgan
4-HO-MPT
TMA-2
Experience:25mg Quetiapine - Nice buzz
25C-NBOMe
Psilocybin mushrooms
Experience:DXM & DPH in combination
ALD-52
25C-NBOH
Experience:250 seeds - Harsh body load
4-AcO-DMT
Experience:A combination of DOC, 5-MAPB, 5-MeO-DMT, ETH-LAD, Cannabis, Pentedrone
4-HO-DPT
AL-LAD
Experience:40mg DMT - Second breakthrough
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
Experience:337mg DMT fumarate - A Day With DMT
PARGY-LAD
3C-E
5-MeO-MiPT
Experience:25mg (insufflated) - Simultaneously amazing and horrible
Experience:2.5g Mushrooms + 500mg DMT
Experience:225ug - Sheer Awe and Joy
Experience:170mg 4-AcO-DMT - Recklessness rewarded
The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.gifThe Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
Mescaline
2C-D
DPT
Dextromethorphan
ΑMT
2C-B-FLY
4-HO-EPT
Experience:5.3g psilocybe cubensis - Dimensional Circumstance and the Fabric of Understanding
Psilocin
Desoxypipradrol
LucytheFairy.gifLucy the Fairy by StingrayZ
Living Room by Chelsea Morgan.jpgLiving room by Chelsea Morgan
Allylescaline
Experience:Mushrooms and Snuff Films -- Trip Report (3.5 grams)
25N-NBOMe
Experience: 5-EAPB (60mg) + 2-FMA (20mg) + 4-AcO-DMT (10mg) - Emotional catharsis
4-HO-MET
Experience:1064mgs - Fascinating DXM experience - Unusual effects
GABAergic hallucinogens
Amphetamine
DMT
Mobile Phone by Chelsea Morgan.jpgMobile phone by Chelsea Morgan
Experience:2 x 150 LSD tabs
LSD
DiPT
Experience: 450 Datura seeds - Talking to Ghosts
Flowing Fruit.gifFlowing fruit by Anonymous
Experience:2 hits of LSD + weed - Mindfuck
Zopiclone
Experience:4-HO-MET 22mg oral
4-AcO-DET
25B-NBOH
EPT
1P-ETH-LAD
2C-T-21
Experience:30mg - Horrible bodyload
Ibogaine
2bZZ1Dg.jpgDrifting by Anonymous
4-HO-DiPT
DET
BOD
MET
2C-T-7
Experience:30mg (smoked) DMT - The Monolith
Experience:120mg - Garden of The Gods
Experience:LSA (20 HWBR seeds) – A pleasant adventure with a harsh body load
Experience:4x 200ug tabs - You do not need to understand
Experience:354mg DXM, weed, nicotine - Descending into the void
Galantamine
Experience:BK-2C-B - Various experiences
MPT
Experience:2.5g - Swim's first mushroom trip
2C-T-2
2-FMA
Ephenidine
Experience:150mg MDMA + 20mg 2C-B - I designed it this way myself
Amanita muscaria
Experience: 80mg EPT - Bummer
Experience:3.5g Syrian rue + 30g Mimosa Hostilis brew - flying through a rainbow tunnel
Experience:45mg 2cc & 45mg 4-aco-dmt - Ego death and loneliness
Experience:250mg MDA / 250mg MDMA - unnecessarily large dosage
Experience:100ug 1P-LSD - A Fear and loathing into Bliss
5-Hydroxytryptophan
Experience: 18 mg 2C-I - Visually intense and strong bodily sensations
A-PVP
Salvinorin A
Experience:40 mg 4-HO-MPT - Underwhelming Experience
Experience: LSD (Unknown dosage) - My experiences with LSD and anorexia/bulemia
Zolpidem
Symmetric pattern drifting.gifSymmetric drifting patterns by Anonymous
Experience:Into the Multiverse
Experience: 22mg 2C-B (oral) / 100ug 1P-LSD (sublingual) - My first time tripping alone (2 days in a row)
Experience:5 yopo seeds - Midnight Jungle
1P-LSD
Experience:5g Mushrooms - Failed attempt at a Terence Mckenna style trip.
Datura
Experience:2mg 25C-NBOMe - Experimental trip to test personal limits of NBOMes
Experience:Unknown Dose DOC (Insufflated) - Overdosing and Terifying Ego Death
Diphenhydramine
Experience: 32mg 2C-B - Bromo Mescaline
Visual Drifting by Anonymous.jpgVisual drifting by Anonymous
Tumblr n37xm8eyf31r8oyaho1 400.gifDrifting gun by Anonymous
PMA
Propylhexedrine
4-HO-DET
PMMA
Experience:30mg - Psychostimulant egodeath
DOB
Experience:4-HO-MiPT / A care free psychedelic getaway
Bromo-DragonFLY
Experience:1mg 25c-NBOMe - Experiment in my room
Experience:120µg LSD - First Bad Acid Trip, Psychosis
Experience:40mg smoked - Ego death and unity with a friend
5-MeO-DALT
Bufotenin
Experience:300µg LSD - Togetherness and the Silent Dusk
MCPP
2-FEA
Lisdexamfetamine
DOC
Experience:Datura & DPH - Results of Experiment by Isopropanol
Red Woods by CountRoloff.jpgRedwoods by CountRoloff
Experience:3.5g psilocybe cubensis - Relinquishing of Material Chains/Fear and Desolation
Drifting cat by Anonymous.gifDrifting Cat by Anonymous
LSA
Experience:Unknown dosage / 3 tabs - Ego death and a total break through in the snow
Experience:20x Extract - a tall humanoid figure wearing a white cloak
LSZ
4-AcO-DiPT
3,4-CTMP
4-AcO-MET
Experience:6-10g Red Maeng Da - Minor Dissociation and a Peculiar "Nod"
2C-E
Escaline
LSM-775
Experience: 36mg 4-AcO-DiPT - Truly, one for the psychedelic animals among us
TMA-6
4-AcO-MiPT
Experience:Datura Alcoholic Tincture
Experience:300µg AL-LAD - Don't worry, because you're everyone!
DAT BREATHIN' YO!.gifBreathing wooden post by Anonymous
Experience:30mg 4-HO-MiPT - Positively groovy
25D-NBOMe
2C-C
A-PHP
Experience:2.5g Peganum Harmala + 250µg LSD - Ecstasy of Love and Misanthropy
25I-NBOH


Variations

The specific differences between each potential style of drifting can be broken down into the following variations and may occur independent of effect intensity:

  • Intricate vs. Simplistic – Drifting can alter the external environment in a way that spreads out in many different complex directions and results in the original piece of sensory input becoming completely unrecognisable in appearance. Alternately, it can be simplistic in nature consisting of simple warping, wiggling and bending even at high dosages of psychoactive substances.
  • Slow vs. Fast – Drifting can manifest as alterations that progress at a sudden rate and produce fast movement in the visual field or it can manifest gradually and move slowly as a person stares into it.
  • Smooth vs. Jittery – Drifting can manifest as a smooth, fluid, and seamless movement or it can manifest as jittery with an extremely slow frame rate that moves in sudden and partial transitions.
  • Static vs. Fleeting – Drifting can either freeze in its distorted position until one performs a double take or can be extremely fleeting in nature, resetting almost as soon as a person tries to look directly at it.
  • Realistic vs. Unrealistic – Drifting can either look convincingly natural and life-like in its appearance and motion or can look extremely cartoon-like, exaggerated and unrealistic.

Psychoactive substances

Compounds within our psychoactive substance index which may cause this effect include:

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Experience reports

Anecdotal reports which describe this effect within our experience index include:

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See also

External Links

References

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